Alexander McCabe Hylan

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HYLAN, Alexander McCabe It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alexander McCabe Hylan, a loving husband, father and brother. Dad passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. Alex will be sorely missed by his cherished wife of 61 years, Lillias (Hunter Branks Eagleson). He was a loving and devoted father to daughter, Margaret (Michael) of Mill Bay and son, Craig (Denice) of Victoria, a proud grampa to Scott (Suzanne), Bryan (Jennifer), David, Jessica and Mathew and a devoted great-grampa to Rowen, Jack and Stella. Alex is survived by his brothers, William, Walter, Ronald and Edward and his sister, Marion. Alex was born in Clydebank, Scotland and immigrated to Montreal in 1951 where he worked as a chief hull draughtsman at Canadian Vickers for nineteen years before moving to Victoria and becoming Vice-President of Marine Design Associates, Ltd. A passionate sportsman and leader, Alex's love of sport at all levels spanned a period of well over fifty years. A Clydesdale Harrier in Clydebank in his youth, he subsequently became a lifeguard and swimming instructor with the East End Boys' and Girls' Club in Montreal. He also coached and organized minor hockey in Chomedey, Laval, Quebec. A keen devotee of "the beautiful game," Alex's team leadership skills and determination were recognized in his being elected Secretary to the Quebec Minor Soccer Association, Director of the Canadian Soccer Association, Director of the BC Soccer Association, Director of the Vancouver Island Soccer Association, Director of the Oak Bay Soccer Association and Treasurer of the Lower Island Youth Soccer Association. Alex was the Chair of local organizing committees for preliminary matches hosted in Victoria BC leading up to the 1984 XX111rd Olympiad/ Los Angeles USA and the 1986 FIFA World Cup of Soccer in Mexico. Alex was appointed the CSA's Head of Delegation for the Canadian National Men's Soccer Team at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Alex was bestowed with Life Membership in the Canadian Soccer Association in 1989 and Life Membership in the BC Soccer Association. He has contributed to all levels of Canadian soccer with a positive impact at the community, national, international and professional levels. Of all his accomplishments, Alex's greatest source of pride was his family to whom he was a tremendous role model. Alex enjoyed life and lived it with vivacity and enthusiasm. His warm and caring personality put everyone at ease and he treated others with the utmost respect. To celebrate Alex's life, his family will receive friends at Alex and Lily's home on Friday, October 26th between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Alex's name be made to the Victoria Hospice at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Oct. 20, 2012
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