Fred Jopson, Canada Soccer Life Member, passes away
Posted on 15 April 2017 in Around the Soccer World
Fred Jopson, a Life Member with both Canada Soccer and BC Soccer, has passed away. The long-time administrator was a founding member of the Canadian Youth Soccer Association back in 1969.
Jopson was vice-chairman of the Canadian Youth Soccer Association for 11 years, then a Canada Soccer Youth Committee member for another seven years after the old CYSA was absolved by Canada Soccer. He also served for over 25 years with the BC Youth Soccer Association and was the organisation's chairman in 1968 and 1969.
In 1993, Jopson was awarded the Sport BC Daryl Thompson Award for extraordinary contribution to sport over a long period of time and his contributions to amateur sport in British Columbia. In 1995, Canada Soccer named one of their select All Stars trophies in his honour, the Fred Jopson Trophy to the winners of the annual showcase for U-17 boys (from 1972 to 2013, the annual showcase served either U-18, U-17 or U-16 age groups over the course of 42 years).
Jopson was born 22 May 1919 in Vancouver. He grew up in East Vancouver and later spent much of his life in West Vancouver. He passed away at age 97 on 12 April 2017.