Cricket ACT Chairman John Miller said the local cricket community was in mourning following the tragic news.

“Our deepest condolences to Steve’s family, friends and the ANU cricketing community,” said Miller.

“It is an absolute tragedy. Steve was a lifelong cricket lover and such an active member in our community.  His vibrant character and quirky sense of humour instilled a sense of fun and happiness whenever he was around, and this will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.”

A left-handed batter and left-arm medium bowler, Steve made his ACT first-grade debut for ANU in 1985/86 and went on to play 82 matches and score 1204 runs for the club. Steve also played for North Canberra-Ainslie for one season in 1997/98.

In 1989/90 he made his debut for the ACT becoming the 494th player to represent the territory.  

Smith is also a founding member of the Veterans Cricket ACT Association and has represented the ACT on many occasions as well as local club North Canberra Gungahlin Eagles.

Steve’s family have extended an invitation to a celebration of his life to be held on Tuesday 15th June at The RUC Turner Bowls Club at 3pm. In tribute to how Steve lived his life, the family have asked everyone attending to add some colour and 'Wear your best Smithy outfit'.