In Memorium of Joanne Smith Christian
Date posted :08/24/2015
It’s been four years since the passing of Royal Coach Tours founder and visionary Joanne Smith Christian. Let’s relive a little bit of her remarkable legacy in this excerpt from her lovelyobituary:
Joanne is remembered as a creative visionary, and will truly be missed. Joanne’s gift of inspiration formed a legendary company, Royal Coach Tours. Today, Royal Coach Tours is one of the largest and highly regarded Charter Bus Transportation companies in Northern California.
In the year 1960 founder Joanne Smith took her winnings from a lucky keno ticket and purchased her very first 37 passenger motorcoach, which operated a commuter service from Fremont to Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale. After operating a successful commuter service for two years, she decided to transition into the charter bus business with the birth of Smith Charter Service. The dramatic growth of the Bay Area supported the expansion of Smith Charter Service. In late 1970 Joanne Smith changed the company name to Royal Coach Tours, a title that conveys to clients the type of service which her company offers, the first class Royal treatment.
In 1987, Joanne extended the royal touch to travel, starting Royalty Tours, which provided years of pre-planned adventures, catering primarily to the senior community. Today, Royal Coach Tours runs a fleet of 65+ vehicles. With strong integrity, Joanne built a quality company providing hundreds of jobs. She valued her employees and co-workers, and in return is looked at with pride and admiration. Her years of dedication, hard work, and passion have left a valuable imprint on anyone who has come into contact with Joanne and Royal Coach Tours. Joanne was known to many of the Royal Coach employees as “MOM”. Joanne’s legacy is passed down to her children, Dan Smith and Sandy Allen, who continue the tradition of perseverance and integrity, which is the foundation of Royal Coach Tours.