The sky matched the feelings at Prime Ministers Park Sunday afternoon.
While rain poured down and bagpipes blew, Prince Albert senior soccer players walked slowly in single file onto the field towards a special memorial set up for a great man.
Atop the hill between the fields sat a single, colourful basket of flowers. Leaning against either side was Jim Glass’ picture smiling out to the game he loved. Players in the league each took a turn placing flowers in the basket to honour and say goodbye to their teammate and friend—some, unable to hold back the tears.
One of those players was Marlowe Cowles, friend and teammate of Glass’ from the Prince Albert Silver Spikes.
“Everybody knows him kind of around the whole league. We all played against him and a lot of people played with him and they know he was a super guy on and off the field, so we’re just trying to show some respect for him,” Cowles said.
As the whistle blew, a moment of silence fell over the field of players and attending bystanders, demonstrating a strong, unified sign of respect.
“He just had a never quit attitude. A lot of people on the team wanted to be like him cause if we were winning two nothing or losing four nothing—no matter what the score was, he would always be the one that shows that extra special effort,” Cowles said.
But, Cowles explained Glass was remembered for more than dedication to the game.
“Some of the things I remember more of him weren’t really soccer related, it was basically how much kids meant to him.”
He and Glass have been playing soccer together on and off for 15 years. Cowles said Glass was very family orientated and would do almost anything to help out a friend for a good cause.
Glass died July 10 in a Saskatoon hospital at the age of 50. He was a managing partner of Transwest Air and prominent figure in the Prince Albert community.
As the whistle blew again at Glass’ memorial tribute, silence was broken and the games commenced for a sport that truly encompassed some of his passions.
“He’s a great guy, a really good friend, and he’ll be missed greatly.”
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