James Smith

Obituary of James P. Smith

James P. Smith, 75 of Ocean City, NJ, a retired Deputy Chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department and a renowned leader in the fire service, passed away Tuesday, March 1, from cancer. Jim is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years Patricia (O’Malley), son James (Kathleen), and daughter Colleen (Steven) Dawson. Jim adored his grandchildren Ashley (Joseph) Rosskowski, Tyler Guidos, Justin Guidos, Brendan Smith, Sarah Smith and his great grandson Myles Rosskowski. Jim’s siblings are Carolyn (late-William) Penn, Philip (Geraldine), Joann (late-Clyde) Hueber, Robert (Diane), Joseph (Theresa), Mary (late-John) Discher, Michael (Joseph), Janet (John) Schuman, and William (Amy). Coming from a large family, Jim had many cousins as well as nieces and nephews. Jim was also blessed with many close friends and in-laws. Jim is preceded in death by his father James, his mother Caroline, and his sister Eileen (John) Sylvester. Jim dedicated 41 years to the Philadelphia fire department. He was an accomplished author with his textbook Strategic and Tactical Considerations on the Fireground in its 4th edition as well as 36 years of writing The Fire Studies column in Firehouse Magazine. A longtime instructor at the National Fire Academy as well as the Emergency Management Institute instructing nearly 400 classes. He was a prominent speaker/lecturer on the national circuit. Jim was a graduate of the prestigious Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy. A true family man with a heart of gold, Jim always looked out for his immediate and extended family and friends. A longtime coach and involved parent for the sports program at Vogt playground. Jim enjoyed time with family and friends at the family home in the Poconos as well as his home in Ocean City. He enjoyed his time talking anything related to the fire service, he was an excellent cook and baker, watching his grandchildren play sports, hanging at the American Legion post, playing cards, shuffleboard and golf. Plans for a visitation are scheduled for Friday March 11 at Godfrey’s Funeral Home 644 S. Shore Rd Palermo, NJ from 9:00-11:00 a.m., an evening visitation is also scheduled on Friday March 11 at Our Lady of Calvary Church 11024 Knights Road, Philadelphia, PA from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A final visitation is scheduled for Saturday March 12 from 0900-1100 hours with a mass to follow at Our Lady of Calvary Church 11024 Knights Road, Philadelphia, PA. All family and friends are encouraged to pay their respects and celebrate Jim’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Charitable Trust” via Philadelphia Firefighters Local 22 – 415 N. 5th Street Philadelphia PA 19123-4095.
Friday
11
March

Visitation at The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, March 11, 2022
The Godfrey Funeral Home Of Palermo
644 South Shore Road
Palermo, New Jersey, United States
Friday
11
March

Visitation at Our Lady of Calvary Church

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 11, 2022
Our Lady Of Calvary Catholic Church
11024 Knights Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Saturday
12
March

Visitation at Our Lady of Calvary Church

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Our Lady Of Calvary Catholic Church
11024 Knights Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Saturday
12
March

Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Calvary Church

11:00 am
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Our Lady Of Calvary Catholic Church
11024 Knights Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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