It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news of Coach Bill Twomey's passing. Our deepest sympathy to his wife, Roberta “Bertie” Klix and his sons Patrick and Liam.
Many of us are still reeling from the shock of such a sad and sudden loss. There are very few lives in our hockey community that were not touched by Bill’s generous spirit and his enormous capacity to support and guide Arlington’s children.
Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Bill is perfectly characterized by this idea. His life was defined by how much of himself he gave to others.
Coach Twomey’s mark can be found within our hockey club community from our youngest players to players who have long since moved on. Bill’s quiet confidence in the joy of working with young players is most memorable. He left us dozens of players, past and present who grew from his guidance and who will always remember the man who offered his time experience and unending encouragement.
The Arlington Hockey Club was greatly impacted not only by Coach Twomey’s generosity, but also by his very practical ideas and understanding of the importance in developing interest in the role of goaltending. Bill changed the way we think about our goalies and the way we coach our goalies. He left us our weekly goalie clinic, our AHC Goalie Facebook page, a well stocked club of equipment and an army of coaches who are forever blessed to have had his assistance, support and friendship.
He walked through our club, our rinks and our hearts with the most amazing capacity to share his love of the game and of our community. Bill's passing has left a hole at AHC and in Arlington, I hope we can begin to fill the void with tributes to Bill and support for his family.
We are working with Bill's family to honor his life and his work during the memorial service, which will be held on Tuesday at DeVito Funeral Home. I will send another e-mail out in the next 48 hours detailing opportunities that we will have to celebrate Coach Twomey’s life.
Bertie, Patrick and Liam, thank you for sharing your wonderful husband and father with us for all of these years, we are so grateful.