James Smith, who died in a July 5 skydiving incident in Nanoose Bay, with wife Marlena, daughter Cedar, 3, and eight-month-old son Bodhi. (Photo via GoFundMe)

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

The untimely passing of James Smith following a skydiving incident in Nanoose Bay on July 5 has left a young family devastated.

The 34-year-old Victoria resident left behind a wife, Marlena, his three-year-old daughter Cedar and eight-month-old son Bodhi.

Smith, who was a self-employed carpenter, was not covered by any extra insurance and did not have a rainy-day fund, according to a GoFundMe page ‘The James Smith Legacy Family Fund’, recently set up for his family.

RELATED: Victoria man dies after skydiving incident in Nanoose Bay

Marlena is a stay-at-home mother and the GoFundMe page indicated that the family will need all the financial and emotional support they can get.

The goal is to raise $50,000. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 200 supporters had already pledged more than $25,000.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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