BC Soccer's thoughts & prayers are with BCSRA Life Member Len Bridgeman who passed away this week at age 87

RIDGEMAN, Leonard June 16, 1927 - June 9, 2015 Len was taken from us just a week before his 88th birthday. Dad was born in Middlesex, London (a true cockney) to parents George and Ann. Len was one of 7 children. Predeceased by Dolly, Hilda, Ted and Roger.

Len's surviving brothers Fred and Ken reside in England. After serving in the Royal Navy at the last part of WW2, Len immigrated to Canada in 1953 along with his wife Margery (predeceased him in 2013) and his two sons, Stuart and Stephen who were 4 and 2 at the time. The family settled in Victoria and over the next few years had 3 more children, Stephanie, Christopher and Teresa. Dad was a long time employee of BC Forest Products Plywood Division and ended his long time job in the sawmill division in 1983 after an industrial accident. Len loved soccer and was behind the beginnings of Lake Hill Soccer. He coached for many years and then he went onto refereeing. Many a weekend he was out doing games, rain or shine. Dad spent many years as President of the V.I. Referees Assoc., V.I. Soccer Disciplinary Board and the BC Youth Soccer Assoc. Dad was a respected referee and when he showed up at the park you could hear the chatter amongst the coaches to their players. "Hey guys, Bridgeman's reffing, watch your language and tuck in your jerseys." Len also coached Lakehill Little League and the whole family was involved in the games from working the concession, to scorekeeping, playing, coaching and umpiring. Dad worked hard all his life and had many accomplishments, but none made him happier than his children who gave him 14 beautiful grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was a proud Grandpa when he had the opportunity to watch his grandkids play sports or referee or doing whatever they loved. Dad also enjoyed - travelling, entertaining at the house, cleaning the pool, playing Santa, candy man at the mill picnics, gardening, cribbage, darts, horseshoes and summers at their trailer in Parksville. He was also a member of the 800 Pacific Wing for many years and loved to tend bar. Stuart (Jeannette), Stephanie (Phil), Chris (Jacqui), Teresa (David) and Stephen (deceased 1991) wife, Mary Anne including all of his grandkids and great-grand kids will miss him dearly. Free from your wheelchair, may you be dancing with mom once again, enjoying a good cup of tea and a cookie. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks, to all the wonderful caregivers at the Glengarry Hospital, who treated our Dad with kindness and dignity. Memorial service on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 2pm at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria B.C.