The Rev. James Goldsmith

The Rev. James Goldsmith, “Jim” – of Fonthill, passed away peacefully, in the presence of his loving family, following a brief battle with cancer, at the Welland Hospital, on Friday, March 2, 2018, in his 91st year. Predeceased by his wife, Norma Jean Kennedy, parents Arthur and Edith Goldsmith, siblings Fred Goldsmith and Joy Johnson. Beloved father of David Goldsmith (Sherry) of Ottawa, and Margaret “Maggie” Goldsmith (Peter Stumpf) of Buckhorn. Loving grandfather of Alexander Goldsmith (Claire Mahaffy) of Eganville, Benjamin & Matthew Goldsmith, and Timothy, Abygale, Duncan, & Sarah Stumpf. He is survived by siblings Jeanne (Bob Axford) of Windsor, Dick (Grace) and Larry (Bev) of Chatham, Mary Kaye (Jim Barby) of Waterloo, brother-in-law Jim Johnson of Ottawa, sister-in-law Florence Kennedy of Newmarket, and numerous nieces and nephews. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Jim lived in various communities across Canada before settling in the Niagara region. A graduate of University of Toronto and Knox College, he was an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and served congregations in St. Johns NFLD, Dartmouth NS, Burlington ON, Montreal West PQ, and Welland ON. Jim was a lifetime member of Rotary International as well as a Paul Harris Fellow. Friends are invited to visit with the family at H.L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland, on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Service to be held in Kirk-on-the-Hill Presbyterian Church 1344 Haist Street, Fonthill, on Saturday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy, the family encourages donations which follow the example of Jim’s broad philanthropy within the community. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society; Knox College, for Christian Education; “The Ten Ministers’ Fund” of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul; or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences available at

2018-03-07T10:24:19+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Obituary|3 Comments


  1. Sandra Ramage March 9, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Remembering Rev Goldsmith in Burlington, Ont. We met him at Pineland Presbyterian Church. Wonderful man.

  2. Joe Reed March 9, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

    We in Montreal remember Jim’s ministry at Montreal West fondly. He served the people faithfully. He also served as Clerk of our Presbytery.

    I watched Jim visit in a nursing home. (I was visiting as well: another resident on the other side of the curtain.) What warm, comforting, and faithful words he spoke! Even I — not the intended hearer – was uplifted. And challenged to emulate his visitation style.

    Well, done, good friend!

  3. Linda Ashfield March 8, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Remembering happy days at Gracefield. May God’s comfort and strength be with you as you gather to say goodbye and to give thanks.

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