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CMFSC Remembers Joe Ciresi
Friday, February 24, 2017 0 Comments 0 Trackbacks Sara Maglio

In memoriam: Joe Ciresi

January 11,1950 – February 18, 2017

Describing Joe can be summed in one word- service. During the course of his involvement in refereeing, a career that lasted almost 40 years, Joe served his fellow referees as a BC Soccer referee instructor (beginning in 1995) and also sat on various executives of the Vancouver Area branch (VASRA) of the British Columbia Soccer Referees Association. He held three positions: Director (1984-1986, 1992-1993), Vice-President (1986-1988) and President (1988-1990). He was also the Vancouver Area appointed Director on the provincial executive from 1994-1999.

Not that Joe didn’t enjoy refereeing, he did. Joe rose to National Referee status, appearing on Canada’s National List from 1991 to 1995. He also was on the list of match officials for the old Canadian Soccer League during the league’s short tenure from 1987 to 1992. Locally he was part of the match crew for the Sun Tournament of Soccer Chmapions Div 1 (U-18) Boys final, officiated in the 1988 Boys Provincial Challenge Cup finals and refereed the Men’s Provincial Cup semi-final in 1990 between Vancouver Firefighters and Westside FC. He was also appointed to the 1993 Canada Summer Games held in Kamloops that year.

Joe’s dedication to serving his fellow referees culminated in his later years by mentoring to a new generation of those aspiring to take-up the whistle for three separate areas: Burnaby Youth Soccer, North Shore Youth Soccer Association and Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club. For all Joe gave he never asked for anything in return. Even so, Joe was decorated with several honours: he was bestowed with VASRA’s Long & Meritorious Service in 1995 and made a Life Member in 2014. The CSA gave him Honourary National status in 2004. Last but not least, at the 2016 BC Soccer Awards and Scholarship Luncheon, Joe was one of three individuals who were honoured with an Award of Merit.

Joe passed away early on the morning of Saturday, February 18,2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. Joe never met a stranger, only friends. But everyone knew they were always much more than just a friend but family and the front door was always open (quite literally) and always available to dispense hard won advice to whomever wanted to learn.


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