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Bill Salt October 28, 1928 - May 25, 2018 Bill Salt grew up an only child on a small farm outside of Victoria, BC and later, as a young man, spent several years working in Flin Flon, MB before moving to Calgary in the mid 1950s. It was during these years that he developed the broad spectrum of interests that enriched his life and the lives of those with whom he came in contact - joy and pleasure in community service, language and reading, art and music, animals and gardening, and all things to do with the outdoors.

Victoria was also where he developed an intense love for soccer. Later, Calgary received the benefit of that love affair as Bill played a major role in the evolution of his favourite sport in Calgary. For over 30 years, he was a leader in the Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA), involved heavily in administration and coaching. In 1972, he organized the zone system used by the CMSA today. He also served on the executive of the Calgary Soccer Federation and was a founding member of the Cal-Glen (now Calgary Glenmore FC) and Chinook Soccer Clubs. In the mid 1970s, Bill, Shawn Hyde, and Bob MacNichol recognized the need to provide the opportunity for girls to play soccer in Calgary. As a result, they introduced soccer for girls, which eventually grew into the girls' component of the CMSA and the Calgary Women's Soccer Association.

But Bill didn't stop with soccer. During the 1950s to the early 1980s, he was a driving force organizing and directing various projects in the North Glenmore community, and for 25 years held executive positions on the Community Association Board.

In 1974, he became one of the three original organizers of Minor Sports Calgary and served as the first President from 1974 to 1976. Bill was also a member of the City of Calgary Parks and Recreation Board for five years and acted as Chairman for two of those years. In addition, he was very involved in minor hockey at both the community and "AA" levels.

Bill was recognized numerous times for his tremendous contributions, including among others: the Alberta Government Recreation Volunteer Recognition Award (1980), the Calgary Centennial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Enrichment of Life in Calgary (1984), and the Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year (1991).

As his children grew older, Bill turned his attention to diversifying his geophysical business. He was involved with the first joint venture between a Slovak and a Canadian company after the fall of the Iron Curtain, as well as many other international ventures.

Following retirement, Bill moved to an acreage east of the city (Cloudwalker Stables) where he devoted himself to Tennessee Walking horses, assorted rescue dogs, and large vegetable gardens.

But perhaps Bill's greatest lifelong passion was jazz music. As a young man, Bill played in his own jazz ensemble and eventually built an impressive jazz record collection, one of the largest individual collections in North America, which he donated to the University of Calgary. He was also recognized as a jazz authority, and at various points in his life had been on a first name basis with the likes of Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. Bill and his good friend, Dr. Easton Wren, spent decades scouring used record stores, taking in jazz concerts across the continent, listening to jazz albums, and talking jazz. Several fortunate jazz fans were on Bill's mailing list for the CDs he assembled - complete compilations by various jazz artists, accompanied by liner notes he composed himself.

Later in life, Bill began to write poetry, short stories, and novels, eventually publishing As My Grandfather Used to Say..., a collection of memories of a childhood spent on a small Vancouver Island farm during the Depression and World War II.

And so, on Friday, May 25 we lost more than a father, grandfather, husband, and friend; we lost a wise mentor, someone who believed in giving of himself to youth, community, and family, and in living life to the fullest.

If friends so desire, please make a donation to an animal rescue society, your local community association, or one of your community's youth-focused sports organizations. As per Bill's wishes, there will be no public memorial service.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Calgary Herald from May 31 to Jun. 1, 2018.
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September 13, 2018
Bill Salt coached me on the Chinooks 37 years ago at a time in my life when I really needed someone like him. He was so kind, knowledgeable and respectful. He was a good man who genuinely cared. All these years later, he continues to influence the way I play and coach soccer today. Not a game goes by without me thinking of what a great influence he has been in my life. Condolences to his family.
Maureen ( Mo) Edgar
June 2, 2018
Bill was an inspirational soccer coach to me growing up developing my self confidence at a time when we need it. He was passionate about soccer, helping our Chinooks team to raise funds to take our team abroad to compete in 1984 at the Gothia Cup and Dalecarlia Cup, Borlange. I feel very fortunate to have had him as a coach and sports figure who helped create a strength in me for who I am today. We have few strong important leaders in our lives, and Bill was one of them. I will always remember him and the opportunity he created for us girls to experience soccer at a worldly level. May Bill rest in peace! God Bless.
Kendra Keir
June 1, 2018
We knew Bill through his very active involvement
with Tennesse Walking Horses. He was a great friend and a true gentleman. Rest In Peace Bill. Robyn and Mike Bagby
Bill Salt
May 31, 2018
Mr Salt was a great man. Always helping with the community and with all. He was there when I started playing soccer. Words of encouragement, handing out uniforms and having a smile for you when you needed it. My deepest condolenses on such a great lost. Please know he truly was great.
Mike Robinson
May 31, 2018
The Bill I knew was very passionate about his horses, dogs and Cloudwalker Stables. During the time my horse was there, I never worried about him as I knew Bill would be feeding through any weather. Thanks for the talks, for sharing with me your knowledge and love of horses and allowing me to learn about your love of Jazz. I will cherish those memories. Rest in Peace Bill. My condolences to your family.
Kim Fraser
May 31, 2018
I was so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing today, and would like to send my condolences to the family. Bill and my father were involved in the North Glenmore Community Association together for years, and my dad always spoke highly of Bill. It's difficult to lose a father, and I hope knowing the impact his life had on others, will help you through this difficult time.
Ellen (Harris) Mann
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