Aldergrove football team remember ‘passionate’ player for the game – Aldergrove Star
On Sunday 27th February, the inaugural Graeme Wills Memorial match took place at Aldergrove, pitting his team, Aldergrove Players FC against the LUSA Knights.
The Fraser Valley Soccer League Masters Division 1 match ended in a 5-3 win for the Knights, who were awarded the Memorial Trophy.
Wills, 47, who died on New Year’s Day, January 1, was remembered as a dedicated player by Aldergrove team manager James Stumph.
“He played on Aldergrove Players FC through COVID, through thick and thin,” Stumph told the Langley Advance Times.
Mills had “a love and passion for the game,” Stumph recalled.
“He was a good teammate and an even better friend.”
Will, a free-kick specialist and central midfielder, was not carrying. 28 on his jersey.
There was a moment of silence before the match, and at 28 minutes the action was interrupted to allow spectators, players and referees to applaud his memory.
His wife and children were present.
“It was an opportunity for family and friends to show overwhelming support for Graeme,” Stumph explained.
Stumph said the plan was to make the game an annual season-ending event.
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Wills, a resident of Walnut Grove, is survived by his wife and three children.
From Wednesday March. On February 2, a GoFundMe page for the “Wills family” had raised $22,439 towards a goal of $50,000.
“He will always be remembered as the hopelessly romantic, happy English boy who deeply loves karaoke and its girls,” he said.
With consent from Wills’ wife, a suicide prevention and awareness note was added to the GoFundMe post by fund co-organizer Cherry Fedalizo.
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“Mental illness is a very real illness that many of us have experienced or endured at some point in our lives, especially during the Covid pandemic,” Fedalizo wrote.
“Being kind to others is important when we don’t know the hardships they may be facing. In memory of Graeme, please be kind to others. If you or someone you love is having thoughts of suicide, please ask help.
The message included a link to the Canada Suicide Prevention Service online.
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