Passing of Glen Todd

Passing of Glen Todd

29 March 2022 Gilles LeBlanc

Softball Canada is saddened to learn of the passing of Glen Todd on March 26, 2022 at the age of 75.

Todd was involved and positively impacted softball from the grassroots right to the higher echelons of the game. Starting out as a supportive parent in 1978, he quickly moved on the softball field as a coach and shortly after that to President of the South Surrey / White Rock Minor Softball Association. That association grew quickly under Glen's leadership from 11 teams to 110 teams in a few short years. In 1985 the White Rock Renegades were formed and Glen also became involved with Softball British Columbia as a Minor Coordinator. Recognized for his "can do" attitude Glen was elected to the Board of Softball British Columbia in 1987 (where he served for 14 years) and initiated many minor programs that still flourish today. One of Glen's visionary projects was the institution of a softball program at Simon Fraser University, a program that has greatly enriched the sport throughout the country. Another, along with the help of others including Dale McMann, was the creation of Softball City. While assisting Softball British Columbia, Glen continued to be active as a coach and his own team won gold medals in every category from Squirt to Junior. Many of these Renegade players went on to future national and international success. 

Glen is recognized nationally and internationally as the founder of the Canada Cup. Started in 1993, this event was built to provide Canadian players with the opportunity to compete against the world's best here at home. The event has subsequently provided thousands of Canada's best players with that opportunity and has become the cornerstone activity of the Women's National Team program. The addition of the Futures and Showcase events has further deepened the impact of the Canada Cup.

"The whole softball world, here in Canada and across the globe, owes a huge debt of thanks to Glen" stated Softball Canada CEO Hugh Mitchener. "His vision in creating the Canada Cup and commitment to advancing softball created an indelible positive effect across so many facets of the game. We are so fortunate for his time and generosity. Thank you Glen. We send our condolences to his family in this difficult time."

Todd was inducted to the Softball Canada Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2004, and as an Administrator in the WBSC Hall of Fame in 2009. 

Softball Canada and the Canadian softball community wish Glen Todd's family and friends our most sincere condolences.