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BARNSWELL, Earl D. “Barney” January 6, 1915 - July 29, 2014

earl barnswellBARNSWELL, Earl "Barney" Passed away peacefully late last month in White Rock at the age of 99. Barney spent his first 50 years in Victoria working as a welder for Yarrows, Dockyard, VMD and Island Tug. Barney was very much involved in the Victoria sports scene; as a young man he played soccer for Vic West and baseball for Victoria Eagles. He later went on to be one of the founding fathers of Gorge Soccer, as well as helping to establish Esquimalt Little League. Barney is survived by his partner, Lorraine Smith; sons, Rick and Lorne, daughter, Cherrie and numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at White Rock Curling Club, 1475 Anderson St. White Rock.

Earl was part of the coaching staff of the 1951 Victoria All-Star soccer team inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. This gutsy Victoria squad pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Canadian soccer history. In the evening of June 7, 1951 the Victoria All-Stars defeated Fulham FC by the score of 1-0 at Royal Athletic Park. It was the first time ever that a Canadian football team had beaten a touring English professional side and the first time that a top-flight English side had failed to score a goal in a football match played on Canadian soil.

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