James Smith

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James "Jim" Smith, 89, of Taneytown MD, formerly of Indiana, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday February 8th surrounded by family. Born April 2nd, 1927 in Waukegan, Illinois to Jewel (Orbank) and Stanley Alfred Smith. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where he could always be counted on to bake a cake for any and all bake sales. In 1943, Jim began his career with Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway as a fireman while still in high school. During WWII Jim joined the U.S. Maritime Service, and after the war he returned to his position on the railway working his way up to engineer. Jim was an avid huntsman, ballroom dancer, golfer, crossword puzzler extraordinaire, and a lover of all things sweet. There was not a book that you could find, that Jim probably hadn't read. With his beloved wife and partner-in-crime Ree, he would constantly travel, going to casinos, taking cruises, road trips, and visiting family as often as they possibly could, always looking for the next big adventure. Jim is survived by his brother Stanley and wife Patricia Smith of Antioch, Illinois; his children Rosemarie "Doodie" O'Connell of Taneytown, Nancy and husband Dr. Bruce Becker of Valparaiso, IN, Jacquee and husband John Gordon of Valparaiso, IN, and Timothy O'Connell of Marion, IN; grandchildren, Nicholas Ritchie, Alexis Lajcin, David and Jessica Gordon; great-grandson, Cameron Lajcin. He was predeceased by his sister Corrine Rose and beloved wife Rosemarie "Ree" (O'Connell) Smith. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Taneytown, MD.

Religious Service Information
St Joseph's Catholic Church
44 Frederick St
Taneytown, MD 21787
Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 10, 2017
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