Salem — Mr. James David Smith, 94, of Salem, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Veronica (Lowery) Smith, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Bedford, following a lengthy illness.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late George and Margaret T. (Welch) Smith. He was raised and educated in Salem and earned his GED.
An honorably discharged veteran, James, had been employed with Verizon in the central office as a technician for over 35 years, until the time of his retirement in 1983.
A longtime resident of Salem, Jimmy was a dedicated communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Mr. Smith was active in volunteering to help the needy. He volunteered at the former Crombie Street Shelter, at My Brother’s Table in Lynn, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Salem, and was known around the North Shore in his later years as the “bread man,” dropping off perishables to various food pantries throughout the North Shore. He was a lifelong resident of the city of Salem, and was a lifetime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 18 Salem.
Jimmy is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Lapointe of Salem, Johanne Spooner of Peabody, and Cheryl Johnson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his grandchildren, James “Jimmy” Hegner, Nicole E. Hegner, Nicholas E. Hegner, and Elise D. Tremblay; his great-grandchildren, Darin, Haylei, Hunter and Levi; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Alice Cooper, Anna Reardon, Elizabeth Gorczyca, and Marguerite Cote; and his brother, John Smith.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., at Salem Common, Salem, on Tuesday, April 1, at 9:15 a.m., followed by his funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Blvd., Salem, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours are on Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made in James’ memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472, or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuernalservice.com.