OSWEGO, NY – James P. Smith, 89, a resident of 3 Ontario Street, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.
Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late David and Jesse (Anthony) Smith and was a graduate of Oswego High School.
He had been employed with the Sealright Corporation, Fulton, for 13 years and later worked as a maintenance supervisor at the State University College at Oswego for more than 25 years until his retirement in 1983.
Mr. Smith joined the 15th Fleet Division of the United States Naval Reserve while still in high school and was activated before Pearl Harbor.
As a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, he served on the U.S. Chemung A030 with a rank of Quartermaster First Class in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theaters.
He was a member of the American Legion #268 and V.F.W. #5885.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing and golf.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Ruth Day; his son, David Smith of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Edwin “Ted” Smith and Richard Smith; and a sister, Pearl Allen.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. from the Dowdle Funeral Home.
Spring burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the funeral service.
The family requests that contributions be made to either the West Baptist Organ Fund or the Onondaga County Hospice, 1800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse N.Y. 13217.