November 14, 1929 ~ September 4, 2005
Jim Smith, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully September 4th, 2005 in the presence of his family. Born in Pennsylvania on November 14, 1929, moved to California with his family at 12, attended Dorsey High School and married his childhood sweetheart, Eva Alfano in 1950. Enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was in Guam during the Korean War as a SeaBee, where his interest in construction grew. Returning from Guam he joined the L.A. Police Department where he worked for 25 years and retired in 1979 from the Pacific Division as an Investigator III in Homicide. He always maintained a passion for building and even in retirement he continued as a General Contractor until he died.
He was an avid golfer and a member of Chaparral Country Club and a lifetime member of the Elks Club. He was a friend to all, always ready to help where help was needed. A caring man, a loving father, and always a good friend. Jim is survived by his wife, Eva, of 55 years, his adoring children and their spouses, Debra and Wayne Duncan of Manhattan Beach, Bill and Theresa Smith of Westchester, and Denise and Mark Anello of Hermosa Beach and eight grandchildren that couldnâ€™t get enough of their Papa, Garret, Todd, Nico, Chad, A.J., Cory, Keith, and Lindsey.
He was influential in the lives of dozens of kids, teaching them to waterski and ride motorcycles, and to believe in themselves. He taught so many to be good and honest and to help others. Selfless always and a lover of animals, he will be remembered as his own man, one-of-a-kind, but someone who would do anything for anyone, especially to those in need. A memorial mass will be held at American Martyrs Church on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 10:00 A.M. Inurnment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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