J. Smith Kennebunk, Maine Obituary

J. Smith

James Gregory Smith, 52, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine took his life on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The following words are evidence that his final act on earth did not come from his heart or lack of ardor for life, but was the result of addiction and mental illness. There’s simply no other way to explain the abrupt end to his beautiful life. Since childhood, Greg was deeply immersed in literature, film and music. His love of the arts combined with his intelligence, wit, charisma, work ethic, oratory gifts and educations at both the Groton School and Columbia University manifested in him, and fashioned an undeniable creative force. At every step of his career, Greg was a performer. He started his professional life in New York City as an actor and filmmaker, and eventually found a home in advertising. For the last 20 years as Chief Creative Officer of the VIA Agency in Portland, Maine—Greg’s talent, leadership and audacity have well-served many of the world’s most iconic brands. From Sony to Samsung, Pepsi to Welch’s, Greenpeace to The Salvation Army—chances are, you’re familiar with some of Greg’s work. In his time at VIA, Greg led the agency onto the national stage by winning marquee pitches, countless awards and, in 2011, Small Agency of the Year (AdAge). He also helmed many pro bono projects that greatly impacted his community. For the last few years, he volunteered his time and talent to Preble Street, a Portland, Maine-based, non-profit providing services to people who struggle with homelessness, hunger and poverty. Greg loved Bruce Springsteen, R.P. McMurphy, the Sunday Times, crossword puzzles, the “Pats, C’s and Sox,”, little kids, nicknames and the “F” word. But miles above all, he loved his family. Greg is survived by his parents, James F. and Margaret Frame Smith of Boston, Massachusetts and Kennebunk Beach, Maine. They brought their beloved son into the world on November 10, 1966 in Salem, Massachusetts. Greg is also survived by his sister, Ellen Scott, her husband Stuart and their children Sophie and Juliet of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Greg relished spending time body surfing at Mother’s Beach with his father, teaming up to cook and grill with his mother, and striking up engaging dinner conversation with the “whole gang”. Greg shared a bond with many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and friends who were more like family to him. Of all the titles held by Greg, the two he cherished most were father and husband. Greg leaves behind his wife, Emily, of Cape Elizabeth, his eldest son, Nate, of Portland, and his son Elias, a freshman at UC Santa Barbara. His love and appreciation for them were deep and unwavering. Greg’s true pride and joy resided in his time with “Champ, Rip and The Gov”—lazy days on the lake in Oquossoc, coaching his kids’ sport’s teams, legendary meals off his grill (always wood-fire, never propane), night swims, thrills at “The Garden,” philosophical debates, and making everyone laugh until their stomachs (including his own) hurt. To sum it all up, the final word goes to The Boss. Greg wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s not the time in your life, it’s the life in your time.” -Bruce Springsteen A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, May 4 at Holy Spirit Parish, St. Martha’s Church, 30 Portland Rd, Kennebunk. Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk. Any memorial contributions in Greg’s memory may be made to Preble Street at 38 Preble Street, Portland, ME 04101 or the Midcoast Humane animal shelter at 190 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME, 04011. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Greg’ Book of Memories page at www.bibberfuneral.com.
November 10, 1966 - April 20, 201911/10/196604/20/2019
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Sally Narkis
May 3, 2019
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Church & Dwight Co
May 1, 2019
Britta Bomhard - To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die
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The Kane Family
April 30, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May there be some comfort in knowing that someone as special as Greg will never be forgotten.

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Dave Jackson
April 27, 2019
Great spirit . Great loss

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Anne and Joe Dillon
April 26, 2019
With our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful boy.
Love, Anne and Joe

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John Frame and family
April 25, 2019
Greg, we will always love and miss you in our lives. As this tree grows it will be a symbol of the spectacular side of your life among us.

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