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Gone But Not Forgotten " FRIENDS OF FOOTBALL"  

This page is dedicate to the Friends of Football, that have played in the former Burlington Touch Football League or present,

Golden Horseshoe Touch Football Association (GHTFA). Each one of these former players contributed a good portion of thier

life, enjoying the game of touch but have since passed away. Lets not forget!


Frank Bolla 1932 - 2017



 Frank Bolla

Touch Football Pioneer ~ Montreal 1961

GHTFA Hall of Fame Inductee - 2001

1932 - 2017


 Larry Hodgson

Team(s): Hamilton Cowboys, Fox 40, Masters

GHTFA Hall of Fame Inductee - 2002

Bio forth coming


Charlie Burton

Charlie Burton 

Team: Steelers 

GHTFA Hall of Fame Member - 2004 nt>

Charlie Burton was born Jan. 7 1949 and was a long time resident of Oakville Ontario.  A graduate of T.A.
Blakelock High School in Oakville, Charlie was an elite athlete all his life playing at the rep level in hockey and
football and an all star in all high school sports. Chaz was a lightning quick forward in hockey with the
Oakville Blades Hockey club and with the Oakville Adanacs Sr. Club.  In tackle football, Charlie was an all star at
whatever level he played, Oakville Minor Football, T.A. Blakelock H.S., Oakville Colts or the
Oakville Sr. Black Knights. As was one of the original founders of the Oakville Touch Football Association,
he played with the Oakville Steelers in the Oakville league for many years. When the Steelers joined the GHTFA,
Charlie played till the day he passed away. A constant threat with his speed and quick feet, Charlie valiantly
fought cancer for over seven years, going through many surgeries while continuing to play. Playing touch
football for over 35 years Charlie was inducted to the GHTFA Hall of Fame in 2004, an honour well deserved.
Charlie’s son Scott Burton has followed in Charlie’s shoes, playing with the Steelers for the last 6 years and is a
constant reminder for all of our team of his dad…he is the spitting image of CB! Charlie passed away in
June 16, 2004 was survived by his wife Trish and his four children, Sandy, Scott, Rachel and Grant, sorely
missed his close buddies and many friends who loved this warm and gentle guy named Chaz. I am sure
Charlie is at the top of his game in heaven and is sorely missed by all his family, friends and teamates!



Francis John Baptiste 

          Team: Cougar Shoes             

Mark Graham (Cdn. Soldier)

Team: "EH" Team (A League)

MArk Graham


Born in Jamaica, Mark Graham moved to Hamilton, Ontario with his family as a child. An exceptional athlete,

he was a member of the Canadian 4 x 400 metre relay team in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

While his team did not reach the finals, Graham’s skills in track-and-field would go on to earn him an athletic

scholarship from the University of Nebraska and later at Kent State University in Ohio.

In 2004, he answered the call to serve in the cause of peace and freedom and enlisted in the Canadian Forces.

Private Graham was sent to Afghanistan with the Royal Canadian Regiment. The 33-year old was killed warplane

during an operation to capture a Taliban stronghold west of Kandahar. Graham is buried at the National Military

Cemetery in Ottawa. by ‘friendly fire’ on September 6, 2006 when his platoon was mistakenly attacked by an

American Canadian Forces members continue to serve in Afghanistan in an effort to bring peace and freedom

to a country torn apart by years of conflict



Jean Bolla  (Wife/Builder) 

Jean was an instrumental supporter with the GHTFA during those years, convening our Early Bird Tournament and

Provincial Championship Tournaments at our host hotel. She contribute numerous hours ensuring the day to day

operations for each tournament was kept up to date and making sure all the participating teams were happy and

left with a smile. You could always count on her!


Joe Chaisson

Team: Orange N'Old (C division)


 Glen (Twister) MacDonald

Masters Division

Glen starting playing in our Masters division back in 2000 and was on numerous championship teams over

these years. His skills went beyond the game and was always seen on the back of his pick up at the end of

the night enjoying a few pops with the guys. Glen was with us until 2008, till he encountered a mishap while

at a golf outing in Collingwood with a few of his hockey buddies.  

John Chaisson

Pluckers - C League

John played in the GHTFA for about 30 years on several teams and passed February 2013.

(If you have any additional information about John you would like to share please pass it us to share with the

rest of the Association)


Note: if any one can forward playing dates, a picture, a bios on these players or

builders please send them to us. If you know of any other former players that has since

passed away, we would like to post them on the site. Please send info to rick.little@ghtfa.org



1991 Champs

1992 Award Winners


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