William Maxwell – November 15, 2017

Livonia: November 15, 2017 at age 87.  Bill was born on July 26, 1930 in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is predeceased by his wife Nanette.  Survived by sons Raymond (Cheryl) and Stephen (Debbie), and daughter Jennifer (Pat) Redmiles, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Bill proudly served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in Hong Kong and Korea.  He was an accomplished soccer player and life-long Glasgow Rangers fan.  Bill made history in becoming the first ever full-time soccer referee and officiated in the NASL and MISL throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Bill greatly enjoyed his final years surrounded by grandchildren Ewan, Shea, Blair, Reghan.  He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by family and friends here and abroad.  Special thanks to Neil, with Livingston County Meals on Wheels, for always looking out and delivering meals to Bill at the house.

Bill’s Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 15th, at 11am at the Central Presbyterian Church, 31 Center Street, Geneseo, NY.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston County Office of the Aging – Meals on Wheels Program, 8 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.  To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com


5 thoughts on “William Maxwell – November 15, 2017

  1. Ray, Cheryl & Family,

    Just read the sad news of Bill’s passing. Please accept my condolences. I have know him for many years and considered him a good friend and a real professional on the soccer field.

  2. Ray Cheryl and family,
    Please accept my condolences on Bill’s passing. I always remember Bill as a true professional both on and off the field.

  3. Ray , Cheryl and family,
    We are all very sorry to hear about your father’s death. Please accept our sincere condolences. We are thinking of you in these difficult times. The Van Vliet family.

  4. Ray, Joyce & I are very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. In 1970 when he just arrived he contacted me and said what he had to do to referee games. I told him to come to the Penfield high school at 1:00 pm. It jut so happened that EDDY PEARSON was in Rochester for a referees clinic and he had Lunch at my place not too far from the field (4 miles) we went to see Bill referee a game 19 under boys team – Penfield vs. Rochester juniors. Eddy told me as I was in charge of the local referees unit to register Bill asap. This was his start in Rochester. I was also assigning the local men adult league and he got game regularly.

  5. Ray, Cheryl and Family, So sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was a true gentleman. I always enjoyed his stories of being a soccer referee and the places he went. I am truly glad I had a chance to know him.

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