Requiem Mass for Barrie Smith

The Marist St Pats family farewelled Barrie Smith at a Requiem Mass at St Patrick's Church, Kilbirnie this morning, Tuesday 30 November. Covid-19 Level 2 restrictions applied and the Club is aware that many would, otherwise, have attended this farewell for a much loved Life Member who was a gracious, kind and generous man.

Barrie made a huge contribution to Marist St Pats in many roles – on the Club Management Committee, Ground Manager and Statistician Extraordinaire – for those who may have seen Barrie’s record keeping of statistics it was exemplary, both in terms of its accuracy and its presentation, and these statistics were often sought after by administrators and players.

Some of the references in Marist St Pats' 50th history “C’mon Red” recalled:

  • That on Saturday afternoons, Barrie could be seen collecting the side-line and corner flags when play was over. Barrie kept the Evans Bay grounds spick and span!
  • During his time on the Management Committee, Barrie was Assistant Secretary for three years 1979 -1982, And for his services, in 1981, Barrie was awarded the Clubs highest honour for a non-player – the WM O’Connor Memorial Cup,
  • In 1993, Barrie was also awarded the Clubs trophy awarded to a volunteer for unobtrusive service,
  • And in 2011, Barrie was the Clubs Junior President.
  • Of the things that really stood out, was his commitment to players and his ability to take an interest in every player.

Barrie cared about the players… but we thank him for everything he contributed to the lives of so many in the Marist St Pats family. Well done good and faithful servant. Rest in Peace.


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