February 17, 2011--CSL--Ruben Toro--One of the nice guys of local soccer (from CSL news release)


Ruben Toro had a smile as big as soccer’s goalmouth.
But that’s just one of the many things he’ll be remembered for as one of the nice guys of local soccer.

Ruben was a great club man with real love of the game and day in and day out he supported the Canadian Soccer League. He grew up in real soccer country at Itagui in northern Colombia.

He died there, close to Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, on February 15 at age 59 following surgery and complications from a bout of pneumonia.

Ruben Toro came to Canada in 1978 and was a member of the team staff of the CPSL’s Brampton Hitmen championship-winning club of 2003 - he was enormously proud of being part of that victory. He became a long-standing member of Vaughan Shooters of the CPSL, later to be know as Italia Shooters and now known as York Region Shooters. He was very attached to the Liga Hispanoamericana de Football Amateur, the Spanish league in Toronto.

“Ruben would do anything for soccer and for anybody – he was always there when help was needed,” said John Pacione of York Region Shooters who worked closely with Toro over the years.

“He was a very nice man, a wonderful organization person and we will certainly miss him,” said Cyndy De Thomasis who, with husband Tony, owns the York Region Shooters club of several teams and worked with Ruben in recent years.

Ruben Toro leaves his wife Luz, two sons Gregory and David, and daughter Jennifer.

A service to be held in the GTA, will be announced.

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