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James W. “Smitty” Smith

Family & friends are invited to attend Memorial Visiting Hours in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) REVERE on Thursday, November 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., for James W. “Smitty” Smith, who passed away following a long illness on November 6th. He was 79 years of age. A Funeral Service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 7:15 p.m. Interment will be private. Parking available in lot left of the funeral home.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Herbert H. and Alice (Hicks) Smith. He attended Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Following high school, he continued his education enrolling at Bridgewater State University earning his bachelor’s degree. He married Mary Rose (Orluk) and the couple began their family together and made their residence in Woburn where he remained for the past 40+ years. Smitty, as he was affectionately known by family and friends, was a teacher in Woburn schools for the entirety of his career teaching at the Daniel L. Joyce Middle School and later in Woburn High School. During those years, he earned the respect of not only his students but also his fellow faculty members. He also served as a Track and Football coach for a number of years. A devoted husband and father, family was paramount to him and he was dedicated to his family; always looking after them and guiding them even as his children grew to become adults. His greatest honor was when he became a grandfather to his only granddaughter Ryleigh. She was his pride and joy and she adored him, and they loved spending time together.

He is the beloved husband of 44 years to Mary Rose (Orluk) Smith of Woburn. Devoted father of Erin E. Smith, Ryan J. Smith & Julie M. Smith & her fiancé Jess Davis, all of Woburn & admired role model of Michael Brady of Lowell. Adored grandfather of Ryleigh. Dear brother of Robert Smith & wife Linda of Lynn & the late Richard Smith, Irma Ajewski, Edward Smith & brother-in-law to Michael Ajewski & his companion Cara LaCourse of Saugus. Cherished uncle of Denise Hache’ & husband Jason and their children; Connor & Cadence & Kenny Smith, Peter Smith and David Smith & his wife Robyn & the late Charles M. Ajewski.


Memorial Visiting Hours

Thursday, November 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Service

Thursday, November 14th at 7:15 p.m. in the funeral home


Will be Private

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Ste. 250, Framingham, MA 01701.

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  1. Rich Gangi
    Nov 15 2019

    Mr. Smith was most certainly one of a kind. He was a great teacher with an amazing sense of humor. You knew if he liked you….or didn’t.

    All my love to his family and friends. RIP, sir. Thank you.

  2. Leoni
    Nov 14 2019

    Ryan my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. What a good and generous man your father was. He was always there for my mom and I when ever we needed him. I will never forget all he did for us. I’m very blessed of knowing him and having him in my life as close to a father for 23 years. I will always be thankful.

    I will miss him always.

    May god bring you and your family peace and comfort everyday

    I love you,

  3. Marky P Bonish
    Nov 14 2019

    Mr Smith was my favorite teacher from my three years at Woburn High, always respectful and always a class act!! My deepest condolences to Julie and the rest of the Smith family. He was a great man who was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

  4. Kenny Langone
    Nov 10 2019

    My sincerest condolences to Julie and the rest of the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Joseph Maltacea
    Nov 10 2019

    Mary my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I wish I could be there, but we are away. Jimmy was a good man. We had many good times teaching and coaching together. Again, my sincerest condolences to you and Ryan,Erin and Julie.

  6. Olivia "Robin" Mello
    Nov 9 2019

    Erin: Prayers and blessings out for you, Ryleigh and your family in your Dad’s memory. Always in your hearts and watching over all of you with love.

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