14 March, 1948 – 25 April, 2021
George James Smith, 73 passed away after a 2-yr. battle with lung cancer. George is survived by his wife of 10-1/2 years, Angela; son Tristan (Crissy) of Wasila, AK, sister, Ginny (Peter) Rietz of West Milford.NJ, stepsons Scott Sullivan (Eileen), Gregg (Isabel), grandsons James and Andrew, granddaughters Julia and Stephanie and great-grandchildren Oscar and Abigail Rose. George is pre-deceased by his second wife, Durga Kumaraswamy and survived by first wife Susan Kinder of New Mexico.
George was raised in Floral Park, NY. After attending St. John’s University for two years he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 101st Infantry. He served as an MP Sgt. serving in Viet Nam and Ft.Bragg. George earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and numerous commendations. After completion of service, George returned to St. Johns University, earning a degree in Economics. He went on to San Diego State and received a Masters in Computer Science. George worked for the U.S. Navy at their Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, CA creating software. Motorola then hired him to work in Chicago creating software for them. He was then sent to Bangalore, India to form a division of employees creating and developing software which eventually grew to several hundred employees. George’s basic “Claim to Fame” simply put is, 'developing software on how to develop software.' George wrote several books and training manuals on the subject.
George loved all dogs, missed his late dogs Shadow and Fuzzy, swimming in his pool, his garden, planting over 150 tulip and daffodil bulbs with Fuzzy by his side, reading Barron’s front to back every week as well as the comics. He was a great fan of Star Trek, Ancient Aliens, Unsolved Mysteries and Big Bang Theory because in his own words, “I am a nerd too.” His musical tastes ran from classic rock to classical to heavy classical. He loved Dr. Who, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Jesus Christ Superstar.
George was a good man, never uttered a racial slur, used bad language or raised his voice. He was “Ma Man.” So glad he came into all our lives.
Following George’s wishes, he will be cremated and he will be buried with, “His Brothers .” There will be no religious services. Family and Friends are invited to visit at the Smith home on Thursday, April 29 from 2PM; there will be a military funeral on Friday April 30 at the Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 11am All invited.
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29 April 2021
Ginny & Peter, I saw the passing of your brother George in the local paper and wanted to pass along my condolences. While I never had the pleasure of meeting George, Peter would share stories and always speak fondly of him. May he rest in peace and now join your parents and niece Jessica in heaven.
God bless you and your family
Gregg & Colleen Smith
27 April 2021
Rest In Peace, George! I know you will be very much missed. Condolences to all the family, especially to Angela. I know how hard these first months can be. With deep sympathy, Joan
26 April 2021
My sincere condolences to Angela, Tristan and all of George’s family. George's passing away is a great loss for us all. George was a great soul, a man of high integrity, great accomplishments, courage, kindness and compassion. I held him in the highest regard and respect. I enjoyed his humour and hearing the great stories of his life that he used to share with us. I will miss him deeply and pray for his dear soul to rest in peace.
26 April 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Angela, Tristan and all other family members. May God give you the strength to bear the loss of a dear one.
George was one of the finest, kindest, most brilliant, genuine and humble persons I had the good fortune of meeting, knowing for decades and enjoying every moment of his company. He was a man of many talents, a master story-teller, a stalwart software developer, a successful entrepreneur, and an outstanding CEO of a high-tech company. He was compassionate, selfless and considerate. For decades, he had uplifted the lives of hundreds of professionals who were in his employ and he paved the way for their bright futures. He had made difference to a lot of lives in India and will be missed by them. A great life has passed on and it leaves a huge void in the numerous lives that it has touched. George will be sorely missed forever by all those he has left behind. His dear soul will be prayed for always. He was my former brother-in-law and a truly great friend. In my deep sorrow, I take solace in the saying “To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die”. George will always live in my heart and be in my prayers. May God rest his dear soul in peace.