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Kevin Smale

Tributes have been paid to a former BC champion and a stalwart of the Prince George Golf and Curling Club who died at the age of 72 on Dec. 28.

Kevin Smale – nicknamed The Duke – went to the Brier in 1969, finishing in second place with a 9-1 record to Ron Northcott from Alberta.

His son Darren Smale, who played with him in his later competitive years, said: “The big thing about their Brier team was they were one of the first sports teams from Prince George to do anything big – to go to a national event. Being from a small forestry town, it was a big deal.”

In addition to being BC Men’s champion in 1969 and 1971, Smale and his team were Interior Champions in 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972.

Smale who represented BC as a High School Curler, was a BC Men’s champion and even added a Senior Men’s title to his name, continued to curl competitively well into his senior years despite his issues with arthritis. When he was 59, he played in the 1999 BC Men’s provincials with Darren.

Darren, who started curling competitive at 18, said: “My dad had quite the touch. I had to work for what I did, but my dad was just a natural.

“I have always been quite proud to say my Dad finished second in Canada, he represented himself, his province and his city very well and I feel that while winning is pretty great, finishing pretty darn high is nothing to be ashamed of.”

A celebration of life was held for Kevin Smale in Prince George on Jan. 3 with over 200 people in attendance.

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