James Conway SMITH, son of Conway Dewey SMITH and Hazel Marion KNIBBS , was born 31 December 1939 in Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He died 05 January 2013 in West Avon, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Patricia Lynn HUGH was born Private.


Children of James Conway SMITH and Patricia Lynn HUGH are:
1. Brian James SMITH, b. Private

Marriage/Union Events for James Conway SMITH\Patricia Lynn HUGH:


Notes for James Conway SMITH:

James married Patricia Lynn Hugh in October 1967, and had one son that I know of, Brian James Smith. James and Patricia separated in May 1970.

I understand from Brian, that James was one hell of a race car driver and won around 200 racing events. He was involved in a serious car accident in August 1970 which left him with serious brain injuries. The accident happened on a public road and not the racetrack.
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From the Ahern Funeral Home Obituaries, January 8, 2013:
James C. Smith, 73, of West Avon, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 5th, 2013. Born in Hartford, December 31st, 1939, son of the late Conway and Hazel (Knibbs) Smith, he resided in the West Avon area for many years. Jim was the former owner of the Chevron Station in Unionville, was an enthusiastic stock car driver in his younger days having raced car #85 at the Plainville Stadium in Plainville. He is survived by his brother, Walter K. Smith and his wife Lorraine of South Glastonbury, his sister, Barbara Marsh and her husband Paul of Tucson, AZ, and also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Smith. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Jan.12) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4 , Unionville with the Rev. Anthony Mecca officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at West Avon Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001.




James taking the chequered flag at Plainville Stadium in his #85 Chevy Coach. (click to enlarge)

This car was later sold to Ron Carlson who continued to race it for a while and as far as I know, up to at least 2013, he continued to take it to the Plainville Reunions.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of James.

Sources for James Conway SMITH:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives, Dec 25 1996
  2. Personal Contact with Brian James Smith, gave middle name 
  3. Obituary,

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