Saturday, April 5, dawned as a bright sunny day in Barriere. It was also the day that family and friends said a final goodbye to area resident Ron Smith who passed away on January 10, 2014.
Gathering in front of the fieldhouse at Barriere Ball Park, those present paid tribute to Ron Smith and his dedication as a volunteer to his community.
Master of ceremonies, District of Barriere acting Mayor Ward Stamer, said, “We are gathered here to remember and honour a humble man who gave of his time and experience generously and without reward. Israelmore Aivor is from Ghana, and he writes – “Giving does not only precede receiving, it is the reason for it. It is in the giving that we receive”.
“Many organizations in and around Barriere have benefitted from Ron’s expertise and benevolence in their expansion and building plans, including the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo grounds and Agriplex, the Barriere Lions Club, and of course a place that was near and dear to his heart – the Chinook Cove Golf Course.
“Ron Smith, along with his wife Virginia, have made it possible for the people of Barriere and surrounding area to revitalize the main ball park, and to build this new field house complete with indoor washroom facilities, first aid station, meeting room and storage area. Ron took the project under his control, and for the princely sum of one dollar drew all the necessary drawings, acquired the building permits and with his wife, managed and supervised the entire project. Without Ron’s generous contribution this whole revitalization plan would not have been possible, and we may still be looking at the old scorekeepers hut and outside biffy instead of this fantastic new fieldhouse.
“It is my great pleasure that as the acting Mayor of the District of Barriere I hereby dedicate this fieldhouse in the name of Ron Smith.”
The plaque on the wall of the fieldhouse says, “This Fieldhouse is dedicated to the memory of Ron Smith, designer, builder, and community volunteer.”
After the dedication family and friends then attended a celebration of life for Ron Smith held at the fall fair hall.