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Obituary: Ben Lake was a member of provincial sports, soccer Halls of Fame

Ben Lake
Ben Lake

Fortune native died Sunday at 90

Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Ben Lake, a member of the Newfoundland and Sports Hall of Fame and one of the earliest inductees into the provincial soccer Hall of Fame.

Lake died Sunday in St. John’s. He was 90.

A native of Fortune, Lake first made his mark as a soccer coach at the school, junior and senior levels before moving on to the executive level.

He was elected president of the provincial soccer association in 1971 and held the post for six years, after which he was elected as a director of the Canadian Soccer Association. He was the CSA’s director of amateur soccer for three years and then was elected national vice-president, a position he held until 1982.

A hard-working proponent for having international games played in Newfoundland, Lake’s endeavours helped facilitate 1973 and 1975 tours of the province by the Scottish side Ayr Athletic and a 1980 game between Canada and Northern Ireland in St. John’s. In 1985, he was chairman of facilities for the World Cup qualifying game between Canada and Honduras in the provincial capital.

In 1975, Lake was the first recipient of provincial amateur sports executive of the year award. He also received the Ontario Soccer Association Award for outstanding service to soccer in Canada.

He was inducted into the Newfoundland Soccer Hall of Fame in 1983, the sixth person to be added to that Hall’s roll of names. He was elected to the provincial sports Hall of Fame six years later.

Lake was also a member of the Burin Peninsula and St. John’s soccer Halls of Fame.

Visitation to be held at Barrett’s Funeral Home in St. John’s today, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.. Funeral service to take place 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. James United Church, with interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. No flowers by request. Donations in Lake’s memory may be made to St. James United Church or St. Patrick’s Mercy Home.

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