NEIGHBORHOOD NOTE | Jim Smith: Good Neighbor, Community Leader, Friend to all


We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend and District Five Board Director  Jim Smith, who suffered a heart attack and died on July 10, 2012.  We know many share this loss across the East Side and across Saint Paul. Always a strong ally of the community and Saint Paul, Jim spent his career working to build up communities and to work for a just and caring society. His exceptional professional life with Merrick Community Services  on the East Side, with Catholic Charities in Frogtown and with the West 7th Community Center and work in many other community settings gave him an extraordinary grasp and broad expertise in community development and social justice  work. In recent years Jim was a wonderful volunteer contributor as a Board leader with the District Firve Council. We will miss him very much. His twinkling eyes, ready smile, humble generosity and amazing talents and expansive community leadership experience helped us all in so many ways. His special knack for seeing the good in others and for bringing out people’s best qualities and leading while supporting the contributions of others helped many people find solid footing and the opportunity to find their true voice.  We thank Jim’s family for sharing him with our neighborhood and District Council. His last e-mail to our D5 office was  “Life is Sweet!”.  Jim’s spirit and kindness has made our lives all the sweeter.


The funeral service for Jim Smith is 11:00 AM Friday, July 13th.

More details appear below with a direct link to more information.

Visitation at 10:00 AM at the church   

St Stanislaus Catholic Church
 398 Superior Street St. Paul, MN US 55102 


For information  please click on this link   

Link to Visitation and Funeral Information



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