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In Memoriam

Mark Stockdale

Mark Stockdale was a youth soccer leader in Burnaby and BC Youth Vice-Chair. Born in Kent, England, Mark spent 40 years involved in amateur soccer in BC. In addition to coaching at all levels, from 1970 to 1987, he served as the chairman of Burnaby's Cliff Avenue Soccer Club. Along with Merrill Gordon he helped build the organization from a single boys' church team into a leading boys and girls club. Cliff Avenue teams won many provincial titles and two national club championships under his leadership, including three Division One titles at the Sun Soccer Tournament of Champions. Stockdale served on the BC Youth Board for eight years from 1970 to 1978, the last four of these as Vice-Chair. Outside soccer he was a renowned rose grower. He has been honoured with life membership of BC Youth Soccer in 1989, membership of the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and life membership of Burnaby Youth District.

Mark was given the "Lifetime In Soccer Achievement Award" posthumously at CAUFC's 60th anniversary. Mark passed away aged 72 in 1996.

Fred Dispirito

Fred Dispirito in memory ofFred was 61, born on February 9, 1959 and has been a valuable member of our Club since 1995. His first role was as head coach of the U6 Cliff Avenue Girls in 1995 which he coached until U17 and was extremely well respected by his players. 

He was also the Assistant Coach with Mountain FC U12 Girls from 2005 to 2008 and was instrumental in the development of many players that went on to receive post-secondary education scholarships.

Fred’s real passion was being a referee, was one of the most respected referees in the lower mainland and loved being on the pitch with the players. He was the Head Referee at CAUFC club from 2003 to his passing and was responsible for all facets of refereeing at the club including scheduling, mentoring, discipline, and overall leadership. He was a father figure to his referees and wonderful mentor to many aspiring referees. He took great pride in developing referees and enjoyed enhancing their leadership and decision-making skills.

Fred also served on the Board of Directors at the club for many years and was always willing to share his refereeing knowledge and insight with board members.

Fred was honored with the "BC Soccer Award of Merit" posthumously November 2020.
In Fred’s honor, we will be creating a bursary that will be awarded annually to a referee that displays all of the qualities and passion for refereeing that Fred displayed over his 25 years at Cliff Avenue United FC.

Tony Waiters

Tony played professional soccer as a Goalkeeper in the top flight of English football, most of those years in Blackpool, and he also played on the English National team.  He then moved into Coaching, where he was most widely known for winning the NASL Championships (the Soccer Bowl in 79’) as Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Throughout the 80’s he Coached in Canada at various National team levels and is still the only Coach to have taken Canada to the men’s World Cup of Soccer (Mexico World Cup in 86’). 

He’s authored countless books on soccer, has run his “Tony’s World of Soccer” business for many years, was known for his Byte Size Coaching program, and he was inducted into both the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and the BC Soccer Hall of Fame. We have been extremely fortunate to have him as a valued member of our Club for over 12 years, early on as our Club’s Technical Director, and over recent years as our Club’s Technical Advisor. 

Back on January 28, 2017, at our Club’s 60th Anniversary Banquet, we presented Tony with our Club’s “Lifetime in Soccer Achievement Award” for his decades of commitment to the Game, his countless Accolades attained, and for his many years of Loyalty & Service at our Club.  

We also celebrated his 80th Birthday that evening, it was truly a special night indeed for both Tony and his wife Anne, and our entire Club.  Beyond all that he accomplished in the game of Soccer, he was a true gentleman, a comical storyteller, and a dear friend and mentor to many of us. A True Soccer Legend is gone; however he will not be forgotten by our Club, his legacy will continue. 

In Tony's honor, we will be renaming the annual CAUFC Coach of the Year awards after him for all the good he did at the Club.