Homer “Red” Townsend was born in Thurlow Township in 1906, and educated in Belleville at Queen Alexandra School and the Belleville High School. He continued his education at the University of Guelph, and played on the intercollegiate hockey team. Upon graduation in Scientific Agriculture, Red began his teaching career at Nepean High School. He soon returned to Belleville to continue his career at B.C.I. V.S.
From 1933 to 1972, he remained at the Collegiate, teaching and coaching various teams. He was an excellent athlete in his own right, playing softball and hockey for local teams. For many years, Red worked as a baseball and softball umpire throughout Ontario, and gained valuable knowledge of athletics from that experience, which he passed on to his students. As a fiery competitor, both as a player and a coach, Red has left an indelible impression of the value of sport on thousands of young Bellevillians.