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James F. Smith

March 14, 1930 February 23, 2022
James F. Smith
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SMITH, JAMES F. — Age 91 of Burlington, passed in his sleep at home February 23, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Marilyn C. (Carberry) Smith. Devoted father of Kimberly Tsatsarones & husband Costa, and Todd Smith of Burlington & partner Deb Cunningham. Loving grandfather of Jaclyn and Nicole. Brother of the late Leonard Smith of Naperville, Illinois. Beloved uncle to Kathy Drake, Colleen Cox and husband Paul of California, Terry Smith of Montana and the late Cheryl Smith of Chicago.

Born March 14, 1930, Mr. Smith was raised in Dorchester, Malden and Lowell. Graduating UNH with a fine arts degree in 1954 and also marrying the same year, Mr. Smith started a career in stained glass, first with Whittemore Associates, and then the O’Duggan Studio as lead designer and painter. His work was awarded the silver medal in the international stained glass competition at the New York World's Fair. In 1969 Mr. Smith joined the faculty of the New England School of Art & Design. He was named Dean in 1974, a position he would hold for five years. During this time he also taught “Stained Glass as an Art Form” at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, a Thursday night undertaking that would run 30 years.

With an expanding business of consulting, designing, and restoring stained glass windows Mr. Smith left the art school and began working with a number of studios in the Boston area, including the renowned Charles J. Connick Studio. In 1985 he began working with Burnham & LaRoche, a relationship that would last until his retirement from the trade in 2017. His work can be found in churches throughout New England, as well as the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, residences, and public buildings, including the Melrose Public Library.

A survivor of prostate cancer at the age of 73, Mr. Smith put heart and soul into his volunteer work at Lahey Clinic’s Oncology department for 15 years. He touched many lives with his warm, supportive presence.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, March 3rd from 5 – 7 p.m. Funeral Friday from the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, 66 Concord Rd. Billerica at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service at the Edson Cemetery, Lowell at 12:30.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Office of Philanthropy, 330 Brookline Ave (ov), Boston, MA 02215 or online at In lieu of flowers, donations to the oncology department or to the pulmonary department, both of which provided exemplary care and improved quality of life, are gratefully requested.

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5:00 PM 3/3/2022 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/3/2022 7:00:00 PM
Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home

66 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821

Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home
66 Concord Road Billerica 01821 MA
United States





12:30 PM 3/4/2022 12:30:00 PM
Edson Cemetery

1375 Gorham St.
Lowell, MA 01852

Edson Cemetery
1375 Gorham St. Lowell 01852 MA
United States

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