Family of Referees – A Tribute to My Dad

The March Family Referees
Wally, Richie, and Chase March – Soccer Referees

My dad was a soccer referee when I was a kid. I used to run up and down the sidelines with a flag in my hand to help him out. My brother and I often served as his linesmen and it was a lot of fun.

I wanted to be just like my dad, so I earned my referee certification. This photo is from the first game I ever officiated. There I am with my whistle. I was only 11 years old.

I was nervous and proud to be out on the field that day. It was awesome having my dad and brother as linesmen for my first time at centre-field.

My dad passed away this week and I wanted to honour and remember him in a meaningful way. This is only one of a million good memories that we had together.

I really don’t know what I am going to do without him. I leaned on him for everything. He was always a good listener and offered the best advice.

It’s only been two days and I already miss him like crazy. Tomorrow, is the memorial service. He wanted it to be simple, short, and sweet. I’ll be officiating once again. I just hope I can keep it together and send him off on a good note in front of family and friends. He deserves that.

I will be paying tribute to him over the course of the month here on the blog.

Rest in Peace Walter Earl March. You will be missed!