Alex Weir was born in Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1924. The focus of fun for most of the boys in this small mining town was the local football pitch. Alex started playing soccer at a very young age and quickly developed a life time passion for the sport. While playing for several youth levels of his local team Motherwell, WW2 broke out and he entered service with the navy.
After the war, Alex emigrated to Hamilton in 1947 where he continued his passion for the game becoming one of the individuals instrumental in the founding of the Westinghouse soccer team. During this time, he became involved in officiating later becoming one of the first FIFA internationally sanctioned referees to be based in Canada. It was in this capacity that he refereed at the 1967 Pan-American games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while also serving as an evaluator of officials with the NASL for several seasons in the 1970s.
After having his fourth son, Alex focused his efforts at attending the many games played by them and found time to still be involved in youth coaching while remaining in close contact and assisting with some of the founders of the Dundas United Soccer Club and the Mount Hamilton Soccer League.
Alex’s contribution to soccer in Canada and more specifically to officiating has been groundbreaking. Although a tough job Alex was known as a decisive and fair referee who was well respected by the footy community.
Alex passed away in 1991.