Lifetime Member Bill Bowman Passes, News (Hespeler Minor Hockey Association)

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Lifetime Member Bill Bowman Passes
Submitted By tonyh on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
It's with great sadness that we bring you news that one of our lifetime members, Bill Bowman, passed away on Sunday. 

Bill Bowman was a longtime coach in Hespeler Minor hockey.  During the 1980’s and 90’s no coach in Hespeler was consistently more successful than Bill.  Coaching a difficult age group by coaching the Hespeler Juvenile team, Bill was able to impart his coaching philosophies on his players and his teams always performed well.  Many players made the decision not to play for local Jr B, C, and D teams so they could play for the Hespeler Juveniles.

Under Bill’s guidance for 10 consecutive seasons the Juvenile teams always seem to be in contention for OMHA titles. There are a number of banners hanging in the Hespeler Arena which celebrate the accomplishments of the decade long dominance.  As a Head Coach, Bill’s teams won 4 OMHA titles (80-81,87-88,88-89, and 89-90)along with a handful of finalist and semi-finalist finishes in OMHA playoffs.

 

Bill was a no nonsense type of man who deflected the attention away from himself. He made players want to play for him. You knew where you stood with him as he wasn’t afraid to tell you exactly how he felt.  However to a player, they will all tell you how much they enjoyed representing Hespeler with Bill as their coach. No other person even volunteered to coach the Juvenile teams as they all knew it was Bill’s job as long as he wanted to coach.

 

After 10 consecutive years Bill handed the reins of the team over to his assistants.  And while the team had success there was no arguing that everyone missed Bill.  Shortly after his retirement his players celebrated his 10 years of excellence with a party that took place at the arena which was incredibly well supported by his players and members of the hockey community.

 

Bill was 77 years old and leaves behind his longtime supportive wife Marilyn as well as 3 boys in Jeff, Greg, and Chris and their respective families.  Hespeler has lost one of its finest men. His legacy lives on in his former players who were privileged to call Bill their coach.

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