Friday, November 09, 2007

Dubuque soccer loses leading booster

My e-mail "in" box contained sad news from the local American Youth Soccer Organization.

Dave Maiers, Dubuque's "Mister Soccer," died Thursday after a sudden illness.

Dave oversaw operations at the Dubuque Soccer Complex and was its charter concessionaire. In addition, he was vice president of the Dubuque Soccer Alliance and long-time co-sponsor of the America's River Soccer Classic and Campbell Cup adult tournaments. Years ago, when Dubuque soccer was in its infancy, he coached and supported the sport in other ways.

As the AYSO notice put it, "Dave had a big heart; unfortunately it gave out on him.

As a referee (now retired), I always appreciated Dave's support of the game officials and his insight into events and personalities on the pitch. After a rough match, it seemed, Dave was the officials' only friend out there.

Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Sunday, November 11, at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 12, St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St., Dubuque.

Letters of condolence and memorials may be sent to: The Maiers Family, 280 Quince St., Dubuque, IA 52003.

Rest in peace, Mister Soccer.

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