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LAKELAND - Please Note- There was an error in the Lakeland Ledger obituary for Mr. Smith on November 26, 2010.
Mr. Matthew James Smith was married to Margaret Smith for 53 years, not 33 years.
Matthew James Smith, a resident of Lakeland, died Sunday, November 21, 2010 of cardiac failure at LRMC. He was 89 years old.
Matthew was born in New York City on March 1, 1921 to Matthew W. Smith of Athboy, Ireland and Margaret Hurley of Donegal, Ireland.
Matt served in the United States Air Force during World II. He and his wife Margaret resided in Yonkers, New York until they relocated to Lakeland in 1985. They were married 53 years until her death in 2002.
While living in New York, he owned and operated an automotive repair service with his brother for 3 decades.
Matty loved to dance, was an avid reader, and had a keen interest in science and mathematics. He was an active member of the Lakeland senior community for 25 years.
Matthew is survived by his two children, Dr. Matthew S. Smith of Lakeland and his wife Robin, and Janet Smith Bostwick of Hillsborough, N.J. and her husband Paul. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Stephen, Michael and Jonathan Smith, and Alexandra and Kayla Bostwick, and his companion of 7 years Geraldine Stine.
He was a kind and gentle man who displayed a quiet intelligence and a genuine warmth. He was a friend to many, and loved by all. We will miss him deeply.
The family received friends on Friday, November 26, 2010 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Tribute Center of Heath Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Lakeland Regional Cancer Center, 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, Fl. 33805.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in Ledger from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, 2010