Smith, Jeffrey J.
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Jeffrey J. Smith, 52, passed peacefully early Sunday morning April 6th, 2014 at his home in Norwalk, CT. He was the devoted husband of Lori Ann Palkimas Smith and the loving father of daughter Lilah and son Julius Smith. Jeff was born in NYC on October 31st, 1961. The son of John J. Smith, Jr. and the recently deceased Jean R. Smith of Naples, FL, Jeff also leaves a brother John J. Smith III of Newburgh, NY.
Jeff grew up in Newburgh, attended Berklee College of Music, Boston, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics from NYU Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
An accomplished pianist, Jeff's passion was driven by classical and jazz music. He toured with acid jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks and performed with soul music legend Idris Muhammad among others. Throughout his life, Jeff had an unquenchable desire to learn along with an obsessive interest in golf and baseball. He was as likely to pontificate about a single golf shot as he was to elaborate upon quantum theory.
In his career in technology, he was among those computer scientists who helped change the way business and the internet come together. Working with Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Innovativ, Agilysys and lastly OnX USA as a Senior Solutions Architect, Jeff attained numerous certifications and was recognized for excellence by his peers and employers as well.
Jeff's family would like to thank Dr. Barry Boyd of Greenwich and his staff for their caring attention, as well as Jeff's colleagues at OnX for their kindness and support. His friends and family will miss Jeff forever, but will always remember his music, his brilliance and his loving heart.
A memorial celebration of Jeff's life will be held at 3 pm on the afternoon of Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at St. Paul's On-The-Green, 60 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Internment will be private. Arrangements are being attended by the Lacerenza Funeral Home, Stamford, CT.
Lacerenza Funeral Home Inc
8 Schuyler Ave Stamford, CT 06902
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Apr. 20, 2014