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Alfred James "Al" "Jim" Smith, Jr."

3/7/2022

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Alfred James “Al” “Jim” Smith Jr.

 

            SOUTHBURY - Alfred James Smith Jr. 77, passed away January 21, 2021, after a series of illnesses. He passed away 2 weeks shy of his 78th birthday and 1 year before his older brother David D. Smith who passed January 20, 2022, in Nashua NH.

            Born Feb. 6, 1943, in Waterbury CT, Jim was the second oldest of six children born to the late Alfred J. Smith Sr. and Mary Helen (Burke) Smith. Besides his parents and his brother, Jim was predeceased by his sister Mary Adrian (Smith) Sutton, who died in August, 2009.

            Jim grew up in Waterbury and graduated from St. Margaret’s Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School, Class of 1961, both in Waterbury.  Jim served as a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army, stationed in Bayonne, N.J. He graduated from Northeastern University, Loyola of Chicago, School of Law and Suffolk Law School with his Juris Doctorate, JD degree and was admitted to the bar and sworn in at the Boston, Mass. Statehouse.

            He married Carol (Hallahan) Phillips and practiced law in both Massachusetts and Connecticut where they raised their four children. He set up his law firm in Stamford, CT and lived in Darien before retiring to Heritage Village, in Southbury. 

            Jim was a “scratch” golfer first playing on teams at school, then the U.S. Army and was a member of Framingham Country Club, Framingham, MA, and Woodway Golf Club in Darien, CT. Each year, he and his brothers and sisters competed in the Annual “Smith Family” Golf Tournament, with Jim often taking “Longest Drive” and “Closest to the Pin” Honors and always low score. In later years, he enjoyed coaching several golf teams at Darien High School where his children went.

            Jim was very active in the Connecticut State Democratic Party making a bid for a U.S. Congressional Seat in the 4th District in the early 90’s.

            He was an avid New England Sports fan, enjoying all four major sports teams, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots. He also was a huge fan of all the UConn Men’s and Women’s athletic teams.

            His biggest sources of pride were his four children and he beamed when speaking of their athletic, educational and professional successes. Besides his wife, Carol, he is survived by 2 sons, Alfred J “James” Smith III and his wife Tina of Topsfield, MA., and Andrew Garcia-Smith and his wife Jess of VT. And 2 daughters, Tracy (Smith) Coulson and husband Ken, and Devon (Smith) Coughlin and husband, Dan, both of Stamford, CT. Jim is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Zoey, Erik, Kylie, Luna, Ezra and Crosby, the loves of his life.

            Jim is survived by his 3 siblings, Vincent B. Smith, Thomaston, CT, and Mary Elaine Smith of Woodbury, CT and Mary Deborah (Smith) Palmer of Hudson, NH.

            The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow Street, Waterbury, CT. is in charge of arrangements. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, the family was unable to hold a ceremony. So, there will be a Mass and services celebrating both Jim and his brother David at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury, CT., on Thursday March 31st at 11:00 am. Covid-19 restrictions of vaccinations and/or testing is requested by the family as well as appropriate masking.

            In lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation to be made to your favorite charity in Jim’s name.

To send the family an online condolence, please e-mail us at murphyfh@sbcglobal.net

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