Smith Coached Warriors to title
Russell (Beef) Smith, 69, a former professional lacrosse player and a prominent harness horseman, died Friday in Ohsweken.
An outstanding centre with lacrosse teams on the Six Nations Reserve, Smith went from the senior Mohawk Stars to play pro lacrosse in Vancouver in 1936.
He played with the Vancouver team through the 1940 season, then remained in Vancouver as a lacrosse coach.
In 1968, he took over as coach of Brantford Warriors and guided them to the Canadian Senior “B” championship.
A horseman most of his life, Smith owned, trained and drove his own standardbreds. He retired as a driver a few years ago.
He was a member of the Canadian Trotting Association and was preparing a book to be published on the history of Canadian harness racing. He was honored by the CTA with a Canadian Harness Pioneer award.
He was also a member of the American Trotting Association.
SMITH – At the Brantford General Hospital on Friday, April 11, 1980, Russell (Beef) Smith of R.1 Ohsweken, in his 70th year; loving husband of Doris Chapin; beloved father of Mrs. Peter (Fay) Jamieson, Mrs. Janice Reid, Ms. Bev Smith, all of Brantford; Mrs. Joe (Annette) Montour, Wayne, Andrew (Boss), all of Ohsweken; Mrs. Bill (Cheryl) Squire, Mrs. Guy (Yvonne) Hill, Mrs. Albert (Goldie) Green and Mrs. Richard (Ila) Squire, all of R6 Hagersville; dear brother of Hubert of Vancouver, B.C.; stepfather of Michael; also survived by 32 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; predeceased by one brother, Sidney, and one sister, Irene. Mr. Smith was an active member of the Canadian Trotting Association and preparing a book to be published on the Canadian History of harness racing; member of the American Trotting Association; also named a Canadian Harness Pioneer. Resting at the Styres Funeral Home, Ohsweken, from Saturday, 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Kanyengeh Church, Sour Springs Road. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Evening prayers, Sunday, 8 p.m. “He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all that he knows nor judge all he sees.” In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated by the family.