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Bill Thomson, Life Member, passes away

Posted on 10 March 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Bill Thomson, a Canada Soccer Life Member and honoured member of the Soccer Hall of Fame, has passed away. The former educator, coach, and Canada Soccer technical director was 73 years old.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Thomson moved to Canada in 1967 and worked as a teacher. From 1974 to 1985, he spent 12 years with Canada Soccer, serving as Technical Director and Director of Coaching. He also served as Canada's team manager at both the 1975 Pan American Games and Montréal 1976 Olympic Football Tournament. He later served as an assistant coach at the 1982 Summer Universiade in Mexico and then head coach of the Ottawa Pioneers in the Canadian Soccer League.

He worked for the Coaching Association of Canada from 1985 to 1990 and the Director of the National Coaching Institute at the University of Victoria from 1990 to 2008.

A former Scotland youth international, it was noted in Thomson's obituary, his “charm, wry sense of humour and infectious smile will be sadly missed. His passion, patience and loyalty will stand as examples of the best kind of husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend."

A CSL all-star team coach in 1987, Thomson was recognised with the Canada Soccer Award of Merit in 1989. He became an honoured member of the Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007 and was honoured as a Canada Soccer Life Member in 2012.

Thomson was born on 3 April 1943 and passed away on 9 March 2017.

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