Ambleside Park’s Field B Renamed in Commemoration of Fred Jopson
Apr 9, 2018
West Vancouver Council is renaming Field B in Ambleside Park. The grass sport field, which supports both soccer and baseball, is now named Fred Jopson Field.
Fred Jopson was a long-time West Vancouver resident who settled in the community with his family in the late 1940s. He was instrumental in establishing a soccer club that would serve children and youth in West Vancouver for decades. In 1969, Fred helped to found the Canadian Youth Soccer Association, and today it is widely acknowledged that few people have done more to build the game in Canada for both boys and girls. Fred also made a significant contribution to baseball in West Vancouver, where he spent hundreds of hours umpiring on Field B in the 1950s and 1960s.
“Fred Jopson spent 20 years volunteering at Ambleside’s Field B, as a coach, referee, umpire and sports organizer,” says Mayor Michael Smith, “He successfully lobbied the municipality for field upgrades and the first change rooms. He really was an exemplary community member who made a difference in the lives of thousands of our young athletes.”
Fred Jopson passed away April 12, 2017, at the age of 97. The West Vancouver Soccer Club made the proposal for the commemorative naming to recognize his legacy in building the foundation of soccer in West Vancouver and across Canada.
“We wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude to Council for this honour bestowed on our father,” says Fred’s daughter, Sherry Sayers.
Fred’s son Brad Jopson says, “This designation is a perfect recognition for his love of West Vancouver and lifelong commitment to youth sport. Our father was aware that the West Vancouver Soccer Club would be applying to Council to rename the field in his honour. We can assure you that he was truly humbled by such a gracious consideration.”