Leslie Smith was born May 24, 1948 in Coffridge, St. Ann Jamaica, to Raphel and Florence Smith. Leslie passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the age of 72.
He attended Mt. Moriah Primary School in St. Ann before moving to Kingston, Jamaica at the tender age of 7, after the passing of his mother. He worked in the markets of Kingston selling yams, bananas and other goods so he could support himself and his family. He was a well-known hard worker. While working in the market he developed a nickname. He was known as “Shortman.”
In 1993, he had the opportunity to move to the United States with the help of his older sisters, Daisy and Vi. While in the U.S., Leslie’s work ethic did not change. He worked as a Construction Worker while living in the U.S. He worked hard and brought his wife, Carmen to the U.S., as well as his eldest living daughter Ivorine Smith and two grandchildren, Fila and Mellissa.
Leslie suffered a tragedy when he was in a work accident and lost his finger, but that did not stop him. He was a fun and loving person to be around. He loved to sing, dance, watch wrestling and most importantly, take care of his ill wife. There was never a day he wasn’t by her side. Leslie was a true force to be reckoned with. He was always honest and never afraid to speak his mind. He always said that it was because he was a “Mayman.”
He is survived by his 6 children, Leroy, O’Neil, Ivorine, Strishann, Shellyanne and Simone Smith; 4 brothers, 3 sisters, 23 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Leslie will be deeply missed and we thank you all for coming to celebrate his memories, whether you are near or far.
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