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Born: Jan 22, 1932

Date of Passing: Apr 10, 2001

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JAMES (JIM) GORDON SMITH January 22, 1932 - April 10, 2001 Early Tuesday morning, at the age of 69, after a difficult illness, Jim died with his family at his side in Concordia Hospital. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend Jean; daughter Janine; and sons Jim and Jeff (Shelley), and precious grandchildren Amy and Scott Smith. Also left to mourn are his brothers Bob and Joe (Jean) and sister Betsy McIntosh; brother-in-law Eldon Glenn, Jeans sister Pat and brother-in-law Ken McDonald, as well as many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his father and mother George and Bertha Smith, Jeans parents Bill and Eve Lumsden, brothers George (Pat), Bill (Letha), sisters Alice Glenn and Helen Hutchinson (Herb), sister-in-law Mary Smith and brothers-in-law Bill McIntosh and Bill Lumsden. His early education was obtained at Glenwood, Lord Selkirk and Gordon Bell Schools, with a B.A. from United College and L.L.B. from the University of Manitoba. After practicing law from 1958 - 1982 with Bowles, Pybus, Gallagher, Chornous, etc. and then on to Pybus, Chornous, Smith, etc., he was appointed a Judge of the County Court of Manitoba, and after a merger in 1984, a Justice of the Court of Queens Bench of Manitoba, retiring in October 1998. Dedicated to community service all his life, he was active as a school trustee on the East Kildonan School District Board and the River East School Division Board, where he served as Chairman. He was a councillor of the City of Winnipeg, served on the Winnipeg Committee on Conflict of Interest, Board of Regents of the University of Winnipeg, Age and Opportunity Bureau, Kiwanis Centre of the Deaf, Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts, Winnipeg Enterprises, Winnipeg Industrial Development Board, Manitoba Health Organization, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, Concordia Hospital Board and Concordia Hospital Foundation, Henderson Regional Library, East Kildonan Parks Board, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, City of Winnipeg Board of Revision, and he lectured at Banff, The Real Estate Board, and for the Manitoba Bar Admission Course. His special interests were the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan for 43 years (president in 1963), Immanuel United Church as a Choir member and Trustee, Knowles Centre, Inc. and the Gilbert and Sullivan Singers. He loved gardening, travelling on cruise ships to wonderful destinations, and getting away to Maui with Jean, his best friend and partner. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 14, 2001 at Immanuel United Church, 755 Golspie St. at Kimberly Avenue, East Kildonan at 11:00 a.m. with Ian Manson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Immanuel United Church, 755 Golspie St., Winnipeg, MB R2K 2V4; Concordia Hospital, 1095 Concordia Ave., Winnipeg MB R2K 3S8; Knowles Centre Inc., 2065 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R2G 1P7; Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent St., Winnipeg, MB R2L 1X3; Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan, in care of L. Jakobson, 24 Mossdale Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2K 0H3, or to a charity of your choice. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL in care of arrangements - 586-8044.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 12, 2001

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