James F. Smith, 88, of Danbury and formerly a Fairfield resident, died Oct. 3, 2010.

The son of James and Elsie Smith, he was born and raised in Fairfield. He graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School and served as a U.S. Marine sergeant in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He fought at the battle of Iwo Jima and was one of five brothers who served in the military during the war.

After returning from military service, he worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Co. in Bridgeport before opening the Sunnyridge Hunting Preserve and dog training school at the site now occupied by the H. Smith Richardson Golf Course and Open Space properties in Fairfield. He also was the town's dog warden and operated Acres Kennels in Fairfield for many years. Smith was also a state canine control officer for more than 20 years until his retirement. He supervised construction of many municipal dog pounds in southern Connecticut during his tenure and worked with animal welfare groups throughout the state.

A fan of the Mets and the UConn girls basketball team, during his retirement he also enjoyed growing, canning and cooking foods for family and friends

He is survived by a son, James J. Smith of Maryland; daughters Joy Smith Gallagher and Cindy Smith Brauer of Fairfield; sons-in-law Jim Gallagher and Jeff Brauer of Fairfield; daughter-in-law, Margo Smith; two brothers, Bob Smith of Fairfield and Alfred Smith of Sumter, S.C.; his former wife, Virginia Smith of Fairfield; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers, Joe, Charlie, Hank and Bill, and a sister, Emily.

Family and friends may call Wednesday, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road. A prayer service will take place at 6:30. Burial will be private in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com.