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Craig T. Smith

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Craig T. Smith, 59, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Craig T. was an adored coach, son, father, papa, husband, a successful business owner, but above all else, a dearly beloved member of the community.  Craig was born on October 2, 1959 in Kansas City, where he graduated from Rockhurst High School (Class of 1978). He then went on to attend the University of Central-Missouri on a football scholarship. He graduated from Ottawa University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management.

Craig was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary and his brother, Gary.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Katherine Smith; his father, Edward Sr.; his brother, Edward Jr.; his four children: Whitney, Conner, Mollie and Kyle T.; and his two grandchildren, Lee and Wolfe Thomas.

 

Craig T. grew up in St. Elizabeth’s Parish where he met his eventual wife, Mary Katherine ‘Kathy’ Bisaha. Craig and Kathy dated through their teen years, as he was attending Rockhurst High School and she was attending St. Theresa’s Academy.  After attending UCM, Craig proposed and was married to Kathy in 1982; they had their first daughter, Whitney Ann, in 1983.  Shortly before Whitney was born, Craig began his promising career in rugby with the Kansas City Blues Rugby Football Club, more fondly known as the ‘KC Blues’.  The KC Blues provided a great social foundation for Craig, in addition to his everyday routine as a father and businessman. Craig excelled at rugby, as his talent took him all over the world; travelling throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Craig’s travels were the beginning of many lifetime friendships and relationships that kept him connected to his teammates and the rugby community. Throughout his years of building a successful business and rugby legacy, Craig and Kathy had three more children: Conner Edward, Mollie Elizabeth, and Kyle Thomas. After the birth of his fourth child, Kyle T., Craig began his transition from a legendary rugby player to an even more legendary rugby coach, and eventual KC Blues Hall of Famer.  Craig ‘Big Smitty’, began his coaching career with his oldest son, Conner, on the Junior Blues Rugby team. He shared with Conner ‘Smitty’ how rugby can connect you to the world when he took the team on a tour of Ireland.  After Conner graduated from Rockhurst High School (2003) and from  Junior Blues to KC Blues, Craig began coaching his daughter, Mollie, on the St. Thomas More basketball team. Craig molded Mollie ‘Lil Smitty’ into such a great player that she continued her basketball career through her senior year of high school. At this point, he began coaching his youngest son, Kyle, ‘Itty Bitty Smitty’.  Craig coached Kyle in multiple sports including: football, basketball, and rugby. 

Craig was not only a great coach, player, and teammate, but an even better father. Craig helped his family learn both the city life and country life by taking them to their farm in Mendon, Missouri, which sparked his daughter, Whitney’s love for astronomy and the environment; a love which has followed her through her life and into her career.  In Mendon, Craig would take his kids four-wheelin’; hunting various game; fishing, swimming and sitting on the dock at Joe’s Pond; sparking bonfires through the night; and telling mesmerizing ghost stories.  Craig’s ability to bring everyone close to him was most evident when anyone who saw his truck in front of the farmhouse would stop by just to spend time with him.  Craig passed this genuine charisma on to his children by teaching them to embrace every opportunity presented to them. Craig’s legacy and the leadership he exemplified will continue to shine through every day in his four thriving children.

Blessings

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., St. Thomas More, 11800 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131

Celebration of  Craig’s Life

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., Patrick’s Bar and No Grill, 8251 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to The Kansas City Blues Rugby team: www.kcblues.org

 

 

 

11 Comments

  1. Julie Donnelly on April 1, 2019 at 10:02 am

    To Kathy, the children and rest of family—- our deepest sympathy , love and prayers!
    Kathy, you use to baby sit our kids, Julianne, Patrick, n Jennifer, and more recently we have seen you in Ed’sback yard with your four legged pets, running the fence line with our ‘doodle’! Edamd craig were alway kind enough to let our Poochie use his back yard to run when we sold the our behind Ed!! On 116 St in Old Verona! Lived there for 20 + years and loved having Rosemary n Ed for neighbors, and then Craig when he was staying there! Always so kind and friendly and— bring you dog back over any time!
    Our new home has no fenced yard ! “Where there is much grief, there was great LOVE”!
    Hugs for all of you . Pat and Julie Donnelly

  2. Robert Terrill on March 21, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Play 0n, Smitty, the “Heavenly Blues” just got a lot better.

  3. Mary Cummings on March 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of Smitty’s passing. To the family, I hope the outpouring of love and condolences help you find peace. Godspeed to Heaven, Smitty.

  4. Tim O’Neill on March 19, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Very sorry to hear of Smitty’s passing. He was such a great guy. One of the nicest people I’ve ever known. He will sure be missed. God bless Kathy and the children.

  5. Mickey Fagan on March 19, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Smitty was always one of the nice guys in the neighborhood. He loved to laugh. He will be missed.

  6. Mary Ammatelli Hatem on March 19, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Kathy and family,
    you are in my prayers. So sorry for your great loss. Mary Ammatelli Hatem

  7. Denice Hamilton on March 19, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Kathy & family, I am so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. I knew him from coming in with the family to have a meal @ my establishment & he always had a Big smile on his face. I will remember that, always. Big hugs to you all & know that my thoughts & prayers are with you @ this difficult time.

    With Sympathy, Denice (Torreon)

  8. Cesar and Cindy Gumucio on March 18, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Sleep with the angels!!! Great memories from our time at the Rock. Just a great guy.

  9. Greg Thompson RHS ‘78 on March 18, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    It has been many years since I’ve seen Craig but I always considered him a genuine friend. I truly enjoyed playing against him in grade school, and of course enjoyed even more playing with him in high school. He had a genuine charisma and a great sense of humor, and I never heard him speak unkindly about a teammate or classmate. He was a great teammate and an authentic leader and as he would greet a loss with a shrug and a win with a wink and a smile.
    Handsome Smitty and beautiful Kathy Bisaha seemed to be an inevitable item since grade school. I’ve been away from KC for many years now, but whenever I did get back and happened to see him, it felt more like home. He will be missed but not forgotten. God bless Kathy and his children. – Greg Thompson

  10. John S. Geisel on March 18, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Kathy, sorry to hear of Vraigs passing, I did not know him well , but did enjoy hanging out with him on occasion.
    GOD BLESS

  11. Cindy (Fox) Elliott on March 18, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Smitty, you will always be remembered and loved…
    Kathy and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers and my deepest sympathies.

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