Barry K. Smith "Smitty"
Smitty was one of those people who seemed to always be here. He started with the construction crew when Saint Andrew’s School was being built, they moved on to the maintenance staff, and later became a permanent fixture in the Athletic Department. If you listen carefully and things are quiet in the athletic buildings, the equipment room, the laundry room, the locker rooms, or somewhere on one of the playing fields you will hear his nasal voice calling out to some kid to stop fooling around and bring in his or her uniform shirt. Or you might hear the sharp snap of his wet towel that he would go after some offender – and it didn’t need to be a student either, coaches who got lippy got it too.
He also had deadly aim with his bandage scissors. Of course there was the ever-present cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth as he was working or talking. He seldom removed it. When Smitty did remove the cigarette from his mouth it, was to wrap a young athlete’s foot, ankle, knee, or some other injured appendage. At that point the cigarette was placed between the athlete’s toes as Smitty and his tape worked their magic.
Smitty will always be remember by those who have gazed up on his photograph which was taken the day he killed an 8 foot rattle snake that mistakenly managed to find itself in Smitty’s territory. There he is standing almost 6’2’’ with his right hand reaching straight up over his head holding the rattler behind the head with its tail draped on the ground reaching about a foot or two beyond Smitty’s left foot.
Yes, Smitty was special because he became a legend long before his life ended, a cherished legend – the stuff that makes the history of our beloved Saint Andrew’s School that much richer. Those of us who had the good fortune to have known him, worked with him, or to have been helped by him remember him with good humor, love and warmth. He is in the ground upon which we stand and upon which our children play, and we know that his spirit will always be part of these athletic fields.
To his family we say “thank you” for giving us Smitty for so many years and for the wonderful memories we cherish of his devotion to the Saint Andrew’s School community.
Smitty will always be here. He is in the ground upon which we stand and upon which our children play.