R. S. “Smoke” Reynolds (1903 – 1983)

Sport: Hockey
Position: Executive Member, Administrator
Year of Induction: 1986

About

Smoke” starred in football and hockey in the 1920s and then turned his attention to the building side of sports and community life in general. He was an outstanding athlete and administrator.

Career Highlights
  • 1922-1924 – starred on the Queen’s University Senior Football Team that won three consecutive inter-collegiate championships and Grey Cups; played junior, intermediate, and senior hockey while at Queen’s
  • 1927 – played senior hockey for the 12th Battery London team which lost in the finals of the Allan Cup championship to the Toronto Varsity Grads
  • 1928 – one of the founders of the Chatham Stirling Imperials Hockey Club which quickly became the Chatham St. Clair Maroons and then the Chatham Maroons
  • 1928-1933 – played defense with the Chatham Maroons where he was often described as “the best hockey player Chatham ever knew”
  • 1930s – served as an executive member of the City Softball League including a term as president — was instrumental in having first floodlights for softball
  • installed in the city – served as an executive member of the Chatham Curling Club including a term as president
  • 1940s-1960s – was executive member of the Ontario Hockey Association for 21 years

Community Involvement

  • 1940s – was building chairman for the Chatham Memorial Arena that opened in 1949
  • 1940s-1980s – served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Public General Hospital for 40 years including Chairman of the Board in 1950-51 – served as Chairman of the Property and Building Committee for 35 years
  • 1970 – was appointed to the city Planning Board and served as its chairman in 1972

Awards & Recognitions

  • 1962 – honored with the Ontario Hockey Association’s highest award, the “Gold Stick”, for meritorious service
  • 1967 – honored with the Ontario Bicentennial Award for service to his community
  • 1977 – was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for service to his community
  • was awarded a citation and honorary membership in the Chatham and District Chamber of Commerce for 50 years of community work
  • 1982 – honored by the Rotary Club with its highest award, the “Paul Harris Fellowship”, which goes to a member for exemplary service

Smoke died in 1983 at age 80 in Chatham.