It was a bittersweet moment for Cathy Smith, who was cheered on by crowds as she hoisted up a trophy in memory of her husband, Will Smith, who passed away from cancer in February. This past weekend the North Langley Diamond Sports held their first annual Will Smith Memorial baseball tournament, an icebreaker tournament for eight-year-olds, at Walnut Grove Community Park in Smith's honour.

Tournament celebrated ‘true Little Leaguer’

Baseball teams took to the diamond in honour of Langley's Will Smith, who passed away in February

Baseball was a central part of Will Smith’s life.

“He was very involved with the game,” said Kelly Parker, the president of North Langley Diamond Sports.

“Will was a true Little Leaguer.”

Smith passed away at age 47 on Feb. 10, after a two-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

And two weeks ago (April 19-21), North Langley Diamond Sports held the first annual Will Smith Memorial baseball tournament, an icebreaker tournament for eight-year-olds.

The tournament was a celebration of all that Will embodied: competitiveness, sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play.

Smith played his youth baseball with Whalley and made it to the Little League World Series three times as a player, in 1978, 1981 and 1984.

North Langley already had the icebreaker tournament on the schedule, but when Williams passed away, Parker said it was an easy decision to rename it after such a dedicated coach and volunteer.

Smith had been an executive with NLDS for about six years, and also coached.

“He was very dedicated to the game,” Parker said. “He lived baseball, this was his thing.”

He was described as having a larger than life persona who loved the game.

“Will’s dedication to the community was evident through all his years of coaching both boys and girls baseball,” said the online tribute to Smith on the North Langley baseball website.

“Will strived to win but placed great value on not only players who possessed skill, but players who possessed heart.

“Will’s dedication to all that he did will be evident in the years to come by the players he coached throughout their baseball career.”

He is survived by his wife Cathy, and their teenage children, daughter Devyn and son Logan.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Celebrating Family Day in the Langleys

Thousands attend child-friendly events

Residential fire reported in Aldergrove

Multiple units called to 2800 block area of 266A Street

Retiree men’s group ‘solving the world’s problems’ one coffee at a time

Every Wednesday morning nearly a dozen retired, church-going men meet in Aldergrove to socialize.

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Aaron Pritchett and George Canyon to headline Gone Country concert in Cloverdale this summer

‘Early bird tickets on sale via Twins Cancer Fundraising website

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

UPDATE: Plane flips over at Pitt Meadows airport

The pilot and lone occupant exited the aircraft on his own and uninjured.

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read