The North Coast’s soccer community is mourning the loss of longtime coach and mentor Jerry Boisvert, who died at home Sunday following a nearly year-long battle with bladder cancer.
“He will be so very missed. He was a force,” said Fergus Loughran, a coach and past president of the Lower Columbia Youth Soccer Association (LCYSA).
Boisvert was diagnosed with cancer just a week after his retirement from his job at Pacific Coast Seafoods in 2017. He had surgery to remove his bladder last fall, and was undergoing chemotherapy treatments at OHSU.
Boisvert is considered one of the founding members of the LCYSA, which began in 1984. He coached at every level of the organization and initiated the summer camp, still running after more than 20 years.
He also coached varsity boys soccer at Astoria High School for seven years, and varsity girls for four years.
One of his former players, Justin Gagnon, said, “As a good friend said earlier, ‘heaven gained another soccer coach.’”
Boisvert “worked diligently in laying a foundation for the LCYSA organization for generations to come,” he said.
“Jerry was an enormous mentor of mine,” added Gagnon, now a coach himself at the LCYSA’s annual summer camp. “Countless days he would be tending to the LCYSA fields, rain or shine. The entire organization, the sport of soccer, and simply bringing local kids and families together was Jerry’s drive and passion.
“He inspired me to ensure Camp Kick-a-Lot continues to run and continues to be all about the kids, no matter what. He did so much for the sport of soccer throughout the North Coast. It’s safe to say his impact and passion for the LCYSA organization will never be forgotten.”