JAMES EDWARD SMELTZER (1931 - 2012) Jim, a stroke survivor, lost his final battle on Friday, November 30, 2012. He is predeceased by his brother Victor Smeltzer, Dr. Walter Smeltzer, a professor at MCMaster University, and his sister Dorothy Jean Harrold. Jim was the descendant of an adventurous seafaring family. In the late eighteen hundreds, Jim's grandfather was captain of the barque "Scotia", travelling the world. Jim's father, Harold, spent his early years with his father on the ship. Harold became a teacher and moved far from the sea and the family home in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Harold and his young family lived through the dust bowl of the "dirty thirties". Upon Harold's retirement, Jim moved with his parents to Picton and then to Port Perry, Ontario. Jim left home for university in Kingston, graduating as a chemical engineer from Queen's University. It was in Kingston that he met and married his beloved Isabella. After graduation, he joined British American Oil (later to become Gulf Oil Canada), where he held a number of executive positions through to the company's sale in the late seventies. The Smeltzer wanderlust never left him though, and Jim, Iss and their kids were always to be found camping throughout North America. Always seeking the next challenge, Jim worked at his own successful consulting company, James Smeltzer and Associates, until retirement. The following years were spent fishing (he never forgot those early years in Port Perry on Lake Scugog), golfing with his friends and travelling the world with Iss. Of all the places they visited, New Zealand held a special place in their hearts and they returned there for many years. When at home, Jim and Iss would spend most of their time at the family cottage on Desert Lake which became home for the now extended family as grandchildren arrived to keep Jim and Iss young at heart. Jim will be laid to rest near Desert Lake, a place he loved, followed by a private family memorial. He will always be in the hearts of his family, his Isabella, children Jim (Irena) and Anne (Gordon) and grandchildren Laura, Rob and Kevin. If you wish, as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 5, 2012