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Past President Dave Fryatt, 94, passes away

Posted on 23 October 2015 in Around the Soccer World

Dave Fryatt, a Canada Soccer Life Member, has passed away at the age of 94. Dedicated to the game throughout his life, he was Canada Soccer's 22nd President and twice president of BC Soccer. In 2000, he was honoured as part of The Soccer Hall of Fame's inaugural class.

A recipient of the Government of Canada's Centennial Medal in 1967, he was honoured as a Canada Soccer Life Member in 1972. He was later awarded Canada Soccer's Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Service Award in 1989 and the Canada Soccer President's Award in 1993.

Honouring him in 1993, President Terry Quinn said, "this gentleman (Dave) is a legend in soccer terms... a quiet, honest and hard-working individual with a helping hand to all."

Mr. Fryatt served as Canada Soccer's President from 1963-64, then known as the Canadian Soccer Football Association. He previously served as an executive and was the Association's head of delegation when Canada first entered FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Sweden 1958. He was also part of the Canadian delegation that toured the Soviet Union and United Kingdom in 1960.

He served as BC Soccer's President from 1955-61 and 1975-86 and would be honoured as a BC Soccer Life Member in 1980. He also awarded the BC Soccer Aubrey Sanford Award in 1993.

A Canada Soccer Vice President in 1962, Mr. Fryatt was later the Association's Treasurer/Comptroller from 1969-72 and Director of Finance from 1977-82. Again serving as head of delegation with Canada's national teams, he was part of the team delegation in 1986 when Canada won the CONCACAF Men's Youth Championship in Trinidad and Tobago.

Along with his selection to The Soccer Hall of Fame, Mr. Fryatt was honoured by the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Mr. Fryatt was born on 24 July 1921 in Chilliwack, BC, Canada. He passed away on 17 October 2015.

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