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James G. Smith

February 26, 1951 — May 16, 2024

Mount Lebanon

James George Smith was born on February 26, 1951, in Homestead, PA, and passed away on May 16, 2024. He was the beloved son of the late James George Smith III and Dorothy Grego. James was a brother to his four sisters, Dorothy, Judy, Chris, and Kathy, and his brother Billy. He was also a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.


James is survived by his long-time companion, Deborah Seifert, who brought immense joy and companionship into his life. He leaves behind his daughter, Jennifer Gazdik, and son-in-law, Eric Gazdik; his son, James Smith, and daughter-in-law, Brittany Smith; and extended family members, Don and Amy. He was a proud and doting grandfather to his six grandchildren: Nick, Maddie, Erica, Luke, Isabella, and Sophia.


James graduated from West Mifflin High School in 1969. He proudly served his country as a member of the Marine Corps and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State. 


After college, James embarked on a successful career in the private sector, working for TEDCO, Mellon Stuart, National Steel Corporation, and Management Science Associates. He held various civil engineering, project management, and executive leadership roles, working on numerous large commercial buildings, data centers, and environmental and business development projects. James started his own business, doing construction consulting and project management for commercial and residential properties. One of the projects was the Bidwell Training Center for career development and a beautiful theatre for their Jazz Program. Being an Engineer, James was analytical, confident, dependable, and calm under pressure. He was brilliant and meticulous. He had dogged determination towards his work, which made him successful.


Known for his humor, kindness, and intelligence, James was a perfectionist who loved deeply and cared immensely for those around him. He was a creative soul who valued his privacy. He instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of being problem solvers, kind-hearted, and good people. James enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and embraced his role as a grandpa. He enjoyed cooking, savoring red wine, fishing, camping, traveling, and relaxing on the beach. Board game nights and watching Pittsburgh sports were among his favorite pastimes. He cherished family gatherings during the holidays and was known for his long, meaningful phone conversations and knack for giving the best advice.


A generous spirit, James dedicated his time to volunteering for veterans and non-profits, often helping to prepare food for those in need. He was always laughing and cracking jokes, bringing joy to those around him.

He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories. His presence will be deeply missed, but his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.


A private burial and memorial service will occur at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies Memorial, 1158 Morgan Rd, Bridgeville, PA 15017, on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 1:00 pm. Contributions may be made in James's memory to the St Jude Children's Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/) Arrangements entrusted to WM. SLATER & SONS INC., Mount Washington 412-381-3345. www.slaterfuneral.com

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