James Edward Smith, Jr., 62 of Woodstock, CT, died unexpectedly on April 13, 2013. He was born on March 30, 1951 in Norwalk, CT to Jean Smith and James Edward Smith, Sr.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 35 years Debra T. Smith, daughter and son-in-law Jenna and Jason Seymour and grandson Taylor James, daughter Jessica Smith, sister and brother-in-law Lebris (Lee) Quinn Gamble and Travis Gamble, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Pamela and Thomas Bannon, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Matthew and Tracey Tedone and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Thomas and Joyce Tedone. He also leaves nieces and nephews, racing buddies Ernie Dupont and Damon O'Palick and mentor and friend of 30 years Stanley Matzak.
He will be sadly missed by his beloved pets and 5 am buddies Mya, Harper, Jack and Jezebel. James graduated from Wilton High School and Southern Connecticut State University. He worked 40 years in the fastener/seals industry and was the V.P. of Manufacturing for Seals It in Ellington, CT. Jim was an avid NASCAR member and fan and he enjoyed passing along his knowledge of race car mechanics to anyone interested in learning. He had a passion for automobiles, history and dogs, especially his Boxers Tina and Peanut. James was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. He was excited about his new grandson Taylor James and often said he was going to get him a quarter midget. James will be greatly missed by his family.
Calling hours Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove Street, Putnam. Funeral Thursday at 10:00 AM at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to PAWS – CT, P.O. Box 191, Eastford, CT, 06242 or Second Chance Animal Shelter, 111 Young Rd. PO Box 136, East Brookfield, MA. James generously gave the gift of life through organ/tissue donation. To share a memory with his family, “Light a Candle” at www.smithandwalkerfh.com