Aldergrove soccer tournament remembers John Jones

Better weather than last year blessed this year’s Barry Bauder Memorial Soccer Tournament

Better weather than last year blessed this year’s Barry Bauder Memorial Soccer Tournament, but there was a very important element of the Aldergrove United Soccer Club who missed this year’s event.

John Jones, 71, a long-serving Aldergrove community member, passed away suddenly from a brain hemorrhage at his home Friday evening.

The soccer tournament participants, which included 14 adult male and female teams from the area, held a moment of silence for Jones at the Aldergrove Athletic Park on Sunday afternoon.

It was a fitting location, as Jones had been a key player and supporter of the Aldergrove United Soccer Club and Aldergrove Athetic Park over the years. Jones had raised his family in Aldergrove as well as co-founded Gemco Construction here.

As a major contractor Gemco has installed infrastructure for large projects all over the province, and thanks to Jones, Gemco installed major services at Aldergrove Athletic Park at cost to help make the community project affordable for the Township of Langley and all the donors.

The park is today the envy of surrounding communities, and provides excellent facilities for amateur soccer, baseball and other sports.

This year’s Barry Bauder Memorial Soccer Tournament ended late Sunday afternoon at the Rotary Field house with a visit from the Bauder clan.

The tournament organizer and club president, Elisa Stappler, indicated that by all measures this weekend’s tournament was a success, with only one disappointment that brought a bitter twist to the event: the passing of John Jones, a longtime friend of Aldergrove Soccer and one of the original organizers of the tournament.

This news was a shock to everyone, especially his old teammates who learnt of his passing as they were lacing up their boots early Saturday morning. Beer glasses were raised to his memory many times over during the event.

Soccer referee Art Bandenieks said, “Everyone who knew John or played with him was shocked to hear of John’s premature passing this past Friday. This year’s Barry Bauder Tournament successfully revived itself and as John was always quick to point out, all because the hard work of dedicated club members. John is more than likely delighted that the tournament lives on, just as our memories of John’s contributions to the Aldergrove Soccer community do also.”

Longtime Aldergrove rugby and soccer coach Brian Hunter said, “John has always been an important and inspirational member of the club and community. A massive loss to all of us and I would like to send thoughts and prayers to Wanda, Kyle and Ryan and family members from my family.”

Jonathan Long said, “So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was around when I played minor baseball and would see him through my adult years. I just saw him a couple months ago in Safeway and we chatted for a couple minutes. Always had a big smile, he will be sorely missed throughout the community, and of course, by his family.”

 

KURT LANGMANN PHOTOS The Aldergrove United Over-40 men defeated the Langley Players 2-0 at the Barry Bauder Memorial Soccer Tournament Sunday.

KURT LANGMANN PHOTOS The Aldergrove United Soccer Club women played in the Barry Bauder Tournament over the weekend.

Art Bandenieks photo of John Jones from 2006.

Reid McDonald (left) and John Jones were friends and players with Aldergrove United Soccer Club, and both men contributed funds and labour to the creation of Aldergrove Athletic Park.

ART BANDENIEKS PHOTO Aldergrove United vs Richmond Nomads in Over 60’s soccer action at the Barry Bauder Memorial Tournament over the weekend.

Just Posted

DESIGN AN AD: Langley kids’ creativity pulls on heart strings

The insightfulness and attention to details captured in kids’ ads is ‘mind-blowing’ to adults.

PHOTOS: Grieving Langley widower, with teen boy, shares a story of angels

Walnut Grove’s Rick Rozdeba’s hospice story evoked tears and brought the crowd to its feet.

Fort Langley is open for business

Challenges abound, but local merchants are looking forward to summer.

Chilliwack RCMP seek shoplifting suspect caught on video

Man allegedly connected to automobile theft in Abbotsford, shoplifting in Langley

RCMP seeks dash cam footage in Cloverdale hit and run

RCMP believe same Acura TL involved in two accidents within minutes of each other

VIDEO: B.C. man recognized for spinning basketball on toothbrush

Abbotsford man holds world record for longest duration of time of 60.5 seconds

Former Social Credit MLA dies at 88

Lyall Hanson was mayor of Vernon in 1981 and moved to provincial politics from 1986-96

The simple beauty of a barn

Architect’s labour of love wins award from Architecture Institute of BC

B.C. set to introduce pot laws, but years of fine tuning likely: minister

Legislation regulating recreational marijuana is expected to be introduced Thursday

Canadian driver uses lawn chair as driver’s seat, gets caught

Ontario police detachment caught the male driver during a traffic stop

B.C. moves to restrict pill presses in opioid battle

Minister Mike Farnworth says federal law doesn’t go far enough

UPDATE: 83-year-old convicted murderer back in custody

RCMP have captured Ralph Whitfield Morris who escaped from Mission Institution

VIDEO: Vets, volunteers set up vaccination station for sick bunnies

Volunteers, vets try to stop spread of lethal virus

If you see a dog in a hot car, don’t break in: SPCA

People are being discouraged from smashing windows to free animals. The SPCA has tips on what else you can do.

Most Read