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Builder - Bob Bearpark

Born: Berwick-on-Tweed, England, March 15, 1943. Died: Victoria, B.C., November 18, 1996.Bob Bearpark

Bob was a career athlete, teacher and coach who played youth soccer in the United Kingdom before earning his badge as an English Football Association (FA) staff coach. He came to Canada in 1975 to complete his Master's degree in Physical Education at the University of Western Ontario and then moved on to McMaster University School of Physical Education as Assistant Professor and Varsity soccer coach. Then after serving three years as Technical Director for the Ontario Soccer Association he joined the Canadian Soccer Association, where he coached the national team to a fourth place finish at the 1994 Great Wall of China Tournament, and led the team in qualifying for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In 1986, he was assistant to Tony Waiters at the World Cup in Mexico and coached the national youth team at the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Soviet Union. In 1989 Bob moved to British Columbia, where he served six years as Provincial Director of Sports Services for the B.C. government. He will be remembered as a sport visionary and consummate team player, his life passions included being a soccer athlete, coach, mentor and friend. After his death his family, friends and colleagues established a coaching education bursary program through the "Bearpark Foundation," where his legacy to sport and soccer lives on.