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James Alexander SMYTH
1947 - 2021
JAMES ALEXANDER SMYTH A man of many passions, great enthusiasm, and with a genuine love of life, Jim died peacefully at his home on April 9, 2021 almost two years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body dementia. True to his nature, Jim remained positive to the end. Born in Kingston, Ontario on October 7, 1947, Jim was the devoted and loving husband of Mary (nee McIntyre) for 47 years, the proud and supportive father to Andrew (Amanda nee Mason) and Alex (Deborah Surtees). He was also an enthusiastic and much-loved grandfather to Evelyn and Benjamin (Andrew and Amanda), and Thomas and Abigail (Alex and Deborah), a kind and caring uncle to Sean, Brendan (deceased) and Kelly. A loving brother to Grant (Betty-Anne Armstrong) and Ian (Deborah) and cherished brother-in-law to Sandy McIntyre (Julie). Jim was predeceased by his parents, Everil Smyth and Grace Smyth (nee Irwin). Jim began his career following in the footsteps of his father, obtaining his Chartered Accountancy (CA) designation with Price Waterhouse Coopers. After discussions with his father-in-law, Roy McIntyre, Jim made the decision to pursue a career in law and joined the family firm of McMaster, McMaster, McIntyre in the late 1970s. The firm was later renamed to McMaster, McIntyre and Smyth upon Jim's admission as a partner. Jim was known as a skilled mediator and estate lawyer who put his client's interests first. He was renowned for his ability to present a client with the bill and still have them leave smiling. Jim was passionate about many things. Whether it was his grandchildren, birds, windsurfing, fishing or golf, Jim found a way to enjoy himself in all situations. In retirement, he and Mary took great joy in helping to raise their grandchildren, traveling, going to plays and musicals and golfing with friends and family. Jim was a people person with a genuine interest in the lives of others which endeared him to many. He will be fondly remembered through his many kindnesses as well as his sage advice. A celebration of life will be organized at a date when a larger gathering is permitted and safe. In lieu of flowers, donations to Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest, Habitat for Humanity or FoxG1 Research Foundation would be appreciated.
Published by The Globe and Mail from Apr. 17 to Apr. 21, 2021.
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Peter & Katie Burn
May 22, 2021
Mary, Andrew and Alex - I found out yesterday of Jim’s passing from Katie and Peter. The day before yesterday I went out of my way here in Florida to go by the course where Jim and I and the Burn brothers went on a golf trip 25 years ago. And it made me smile thinking of how excited Jim was. I recall stopping at your cottage for what should have been 20 minute hello and ended in a two hour epic barefoot ping pong tournament.
His kindness, energy and enthusiasm will be missed.
Bryan Walkey
May 5, 2021
Sad news. I only knew Jim from ECI. My memory is that he arrived in the fall of 1963. Our homeroom that year was a chemistry class and he shared the desk behind me. While I lost touch with most of ECI after 1965, I knew Mary at UofT and learned from my father that she and Jim had married. My deepest condolences to Mary and her family.
Russell Hann
April 27, 2021
My condolences, Grant and Ian, on the loss of your brother Jim. I too have fond memories of playing ball hockey back in the 1960's at Lambton-Kingsway Public School with Jim and yourselves.
Wayne Weller
April 19, 2021
I always enjoyed the company of Jim and Mary at the various plays, banquets and musical evenings we both attended. He always had a welcoming smile and kind word. And he loved his family so much. I will miss seeing him. My condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.
Jeanne Craig
April 19, 2021
I hadn't seen Jim since my undergradute days at univeristy, but have fond memories of the many times I and my brother would join Jim and his brothers, and several other firends, for friendly, but competitive ball hockey games, mostly on the parking lot of Lambton- Kingsway public school. Occasinally when passing each other in the hallways of Etobicoke Collegiate, we would give each other a nudge, i.e., body check (completely unintentioal of course). So, I am very sorry to hear of his passing.
Dan Gregory
April 19, 2021
So sorry to see this news. Jim was one of the nicest people that I have ever known. I have fond memories of playing ball hockey with Jim, Grant, Ian and other friends back in the days when we were at Etobicoke Collegiate. When we were at Queen's it was touch football at the park near the lake. In 3rd and 4th year we each had a room at a house on Alfred Street. You couldn't ask for a better friend.
Paul McHoull
April 18, 2021
Jim could always be counted on for an astute and articulate point of view on almost any subject. Although I had not seen him in years I have great memories of his energy and spirit. I offer my sincerest condolences to Mary and her family.
Wayne Yetman
April 18, 2021
We were deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing. For decades he and his law firm have been our family's attorneys. Jim was always gracious and personable and a visit to his office provided an opportunity to discuss not just the business at hand but the events taking place in our personal lives. The last two years have been a struggle for the Smyth family but Jim is now at rest. Our sincere condolences go out to Mary and other members of the family. Don & Judith Bowerman
Don Bowerman
April 17, 2021
My thoughts are with you. Jim seems to have been a truly wonderful person.
Susan Atkins
April 17, 2021
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