Obituary: James Allan Smith –

James Allan Smith

WATERVILLE – James Allan Smith “AKA: Big Jim”, 87, died at his home on April 15, 2022. Jim was born in Bangor on December 30, 1934, the son of Oscar and Pauline (Stewart) Smith. He attended schools in Waterville and graduated from Oak Grove Coburn and attended Colby College. Jim proudly served in the US Air Force in Korea. He was a finance specialist and received three medals during his service: Good Conduct, Foreign Service and Expert Marksman. After his time in the Air Force, he worked as a salesman for his family business, Eastern Packing, which was later sold to Jordan’s Meats. He also worked for Ladd Paper Company and Jerry’s Furniture. In the early 1970s, he bought the EZ Stop convenience store. In the mid-1970s he opened Jim’s Gun Shop, and later turned the operations over to his son, Jimmy, but remained active in the business for over 40 years. He took pride in the fact that he was the largest arms dealer in New England with over 2,500 guns. As a young man, he always enjoyed playing pool at the D&A and became Maine State Pool champion in 1968. He was instrumental in establishing TJ’s Billiards. Jim loved to play billiards but it had become difficult at his age so he became a spectator. He let us do what he liked best watching the guys play pool. Jim was an active member of the Elks, Masons, Shriners and also a life member of the NRA. He was also interested in collecting vintage cars and billiards. He loved pawning and he loved sports. Jim was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law who will be missed by all of us. He supported all of us in our life decisions and was proud of all of us. Jim loved the simple routines in his life. Whether it’s going to Bee’s Diner for breakfast, checking out Marden’s and Lakeview Lumber. Going to lunch with his wife on Sundays with their friends, while keeping time for his family. He and his wife, George Ann, wintered in Oldsmar, Florida for 24 years. They also liked to visit flea markets whenever possible. Jim found the singing enjoyable and George Ann enjoyed listening to him sing. Jim was predeceased by his parents and daughter, Julie A. Smith. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, George Ann Smith; son, James G. Smith and fiancée Kathy Cunningham of Vassalboro; daughter, Joanna L. Bearce and husband, Jeffrey of Belgrade; daughter-in-law, Susan Brown and her partner, Chris Chesley of Benton; daughter-in-law, Janet Quirion and her husband, Carl Winslow. His grandchildren include Justin Bearce and his partner, Tabitha Doak of Waterville; Jayson Bearce and his wife, Juli of Navarre, Florida; Amanda Turner and her husband, Randy of Unity; Erin Estes and her husband Steve of Hermon; Danielle Quirion and her partner, Nicolas Delli Paoli de Gardiner; and Monique Quirion and her partner, Fenton Cummings of Saco. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, a niece, Alexandra Pierce of Stratford, Connecticut, and children. Finally, he will be missed by his dog, Trooper and his cats, Cloe and Zoe. At Jim’s request, services will be private for the family. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guest book can be signed, condolences and memories shared at In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Pine Tree Camp, 114 Pine Tree Camp Road, Rome, ME 04963

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