NYSW is saddened to lose two of its founders

NYSW is saddened to have been informed of the loss of two of our founders in recent weeks.  Bob Downey and Linda Schepler were among the group of people from western NY who in 1982 organized youth soccer and formed our state association.


Robert-Todd Downey

Vestal, NY: Downey, Robert-Todd, of Vestal, 79, died Monday, January 31, 2011 at the Wilson Memorial Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife Virginia Marion Downey and is survived by his daughter and son in law Nancy and Edward Renwick Jr., Binghamton, son and daughter in law Todd and Katya Downey, Monroe, CT, brother Edward Downey, MD, grandson Nolan Downey, grand dogs Vinny and Violet, grand cats Velvet and Vookie. He was a graduate of Auburn University, a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Marines, was retired from the IBM Corp., and was a lifetime member of the Broome County Soccer Association.   Bob was a founding member of the New York State West Youth Soccer Association and served as the first Binghamton District Commissioner.
Linda C. Schepler
Hilton, NC: Linda went to be with her Savior in her eternal home Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011. She succumbed at her home to the ravages of cancer after a valiant effort fighting her disease for over two years. Linda was born Aug. 15, 1941 in Penn Yan, daughter of Victor & Blanche (Southcombe) March. Shortly after, the family moved to Brockport where she graduated from Brockport High School in 1959 and then received her Elementary Teaching Degree from SUNY Brockport in 1962. In Dec. 1961 she married Richard Schepler. Their union of over 49 years was blessed with the arrival of 4 children. Regardless of the activity, organization or employment, she was a mother first. Everything else became secondary. Later, that same dedication and commitment extended to her 9 grandchildren. Nothing pleased her more than to see her family succeed in all their endeavors. Linda is survived by her husband Richard, and her children and their spouses. Linda was among the group of people in 1982 that were founders of the New York State West Youth Soccer Association and served as the first secretary on the board of directors.  Linda also served as the secretary and as the treasurer for US Youth Soccer Region I for over 5 years.