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James H Smith

July 5, 1938June 30, 2021

James H. Smith 1938 – 2021 Auburn- James H. Smith 82, of Field Ave. Auburn, died Wednesday June 30, at his home, with his family at his side. He was born in Lewiston, on July 5, 1938 a son of the late Herbert and Lois (Laslie) Smith. He was educated in local schools and graduated from Edward Little High School class of 1957. Jim married his true love the former Dorothea Spiller on May 16, 1958. Together they settled on Field Ave. and started to raise their family. He worked for Hood’s Printing for over 40 years, a job he enjoyed and made many friends along the way. Jim was a Swim Coach for many-many years at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, he also was the Head Swim Coach for Edward Little Girls and Boys for several years. He was a Charter Member of the Central Maine Swim Officials, officiating all levels of competition. He enjoyed golfing with family and friends. In his younger years he coached Little League Baseball. He is survived by his three children: Ronald Smith and his wife Ann Marie of Greene, Pamela Gallant and her husband Jeffrey of Poland and Lori Smith and her companion Gary Currier of Minot, five grandchildren: Michelle, Laura, Joseph and wife Jessica, Adam and wife Sarah and Callie, and three great grandchildren: Madelynn, Natalie, and Wyatt. He was predeceased by a brother Robert Smith. On line condolences can be shared at www.thefortingroupauburn.com In lieu of Flowers a donation can be made to YMCA or YWCA. A private Graveside Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of The Fortin Group Funeral Homes, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.

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Joni O’Malley

July 20, 2021

I worked with Jim coaching the EL swim team about 26 years ago. I really enjoyed working with Jim. I was young and inexperienced but he helped me grow as a coach and gave me responsibilities which grew my confidence. He was funny and kind. We would laugh a lot a practice. I will always remember his huge smile when I saw him and after I had my children and I couldn’t coach I visited a few times. Jim I have thought of you often over the years and I hope you Rest In Peace and your family knows you were thought of highly.

Michael O'Donnell

July 19, 2021

Dear Smith Family,
I consider myself one of the lucky recipients of Jim's giving. He was my baseball coach. He was my long-time swim coach. Swimming was a big part of my life and without him, it would not have happened. Even better, as an adult I had the fortune to occasionally order some print product from Hoods and Jim always hand delivered, just to say hi and check in. He gave more than his time, he gave of himself. He mattered to me. We can all hope to live our lives so that when we are gone, we mattered to those that are still around. Jim set that example for me.

Christine Kingdon

July 15, 2021

To Dottie, Lori, and all the Smith family, we are so sorry for the loss of your Jim. Such a wonderful man that we are so glad to have known. May all of your great memories keep him tucked safely within your hearts. Peace to all of you. From Chris & Gordon Kingdon

Wanda (Hood) Brown

July 12, 2021

I was so sorry to read of the passing of “Jimmy Smith”. Jim worked for the Hood family business. As I was growing up I spent lots of time visiting my dad at work. Many of the people who worked at Hood’s Mailing & Printing became close friends and were like family to us. Jim was a wonderful man and a talented pressman. I used to love to visit the printing press area and visit with Jim, John and Roger. They always took time to chat and explain how the presses worked. After I married and had children of my own I would occasionally bump into Jim and it was always so nice to catch up. He would be happy to know I have a granddaughter who is starting swim team. Condolences to his wonderful family. He will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him.

Esther Thorpe Tucker

July 12, 2021

Dear Dorothea and family,
Always fond memories of you whenever I think of you and your family growing up as part of the First Universalist Church in Auburn. Sorry to have lost contact. Extending my sympathy for your loss.
Esther

Jill Sanders

July 11, 2021

My brother started swimming for Mr. Smith on the YMCA team when I was two years old. As time went by, Mr. Smith also coached my other brother and I too. Years later, when I was swimming for him in high school, one of his favorite stories to tell about me was how he remembered me as a baby sleeping in my mother’s arms at swim practice. I remember thinking how special it was to be able to have such a long relationship with your swim coach.

Andrea Rousseau

July 11, 2021

RIP, Mr. Smith! Thanks for all you did for me and the rest of our teams. You spent countless hours coaching so many. You may be gone but certainly not forgotten. We will remember the good times. May you be at peace and continue to watch over your family and friends. Best wishes to all of your loved ones.

Rick Grant

July 11, 2021

Rest in Peace Jim.
You coached me when I was 8-10
ASLL Tigers.
You coached Becky's first year of swimming at YMCA.
You will always be remembered as our coach.
Thanks for all you did for the youth of Auburn, Lewiston and the State of Maine.
Never be forgotten.
Rick Grant

Laura Branch

July 11, 2021

Jim was an outstanding coach who I had the honor of coaching with as well as officiating with. I will always remember the good times that we had at practice and swim meets. Jim taught me so many things about coaching swimming that I have used throughout my own coaching years. One thing I will never forget is the best gift in the world is when he asked me if I like to have a ride to Y Nationals in Florida back in 82. I coached another team at that time and had one swimmer make Nationals. His Assistant Coach Chris Branch and Jim were staying in a condo and I was suppose to stay with another team , but when Jim saw what the hotel looked like he said don't think your parents would want you to stay here. He knew my parents because my dad officiated. So I ended up staying in the condo and slept on the couch. He always took care of everyone. I will always be grateful to Jim for asking me to go with then because that's where Chris and I had our first date.. RIP ❤

Yvette Pouzol

July 11, 2021

My sincerest condolences to you, Mrs. Smith, and family.
I worked with Jim for many years, in my position as Purchasing Manager at Tri-County Mental Health Services. He was the most pleasant person to do business with. He was always smiling and we had many laughs. He also eventually steered me to Steve Samson at First Choice Printing (a young man he had trained himself; someone he was very proud of).
Jim never steered me wrong! I remember him fondly and hope your happy memories also carry you through this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Yvette Pouzol

FROM THE FAMILY