OBITUARY

Michael Lawrence Renshaw

April 28, 1948February 17, 2021

Michael Lawrence Renshaw passed away on February 17, 2021 at the age of 72. Mike was born in Manchester, England to Lawrence and Margaret Renshaw and had three younger siblings John, Bernie, and Loz. Since the day he could walk, Mike had a soccer ball at his feet. Mike started his soccer career playing for Blackpool. At age 19, Mike responded to an ad for "top class young players to play professionally in the United States." Mike met with them, and the rest is history. This twist of fate resulted in Mike traveling the world doing what he loved best, playing soccer, and ending up in Dallas playing, and later coaching, for the Tornado. In 1973, Mike accomplished his dream of playing for the National Team but just the wrong one, the U.S. National Team. Later in life, Mike found his true passion coaching women's high school soccer. While he was the women's varsity coach at ESD, he led the team to four consecutive SPC Championships. Mike is survived by his siblings and their families and his five children Claire, Lauren, Michael, Kate, and Alex and eight grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service for Coach Renshaw will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1pm in ESD's All Saints Chapel and broadcast live online.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Linda Huyton

February 25, 2021

So many fabulous memories of you Mike, it would take forever to include them all.
We are going to miss your wonderful sense of humour and happy-go-lucky nature.
So proud of your achievements in soccer as both player and coach.
Your beautiful family are a total credit to you.
Our love always and forever ❤
Linda & Alan Huyton





John Nicholson

February 22, 2021

I was fortunate enough to have played soccer in the 70s during a time when most professional soccer players in America needed a second job to make ends meet. As a result, a string of young, foreign Dallas Tornado players introduced me to this exotic addictive game. The last of those coaches was the dashing Mike Renshaw. He was passionate about the game and equally passionate about the welfare and success of each of the boys on his team. Our paths entwined only briefly, but he became one of those proverbial navigational beacons that lucky people find in their lives. He guided me to a collegiate soccer program, which led to connections with soccer camps that supported me throughout college, which led me to Bryan Harvey and my first glimpse into the professional soccer world, which led me to the connections that have guided me through every other phase of my life. Mike was a pivotal figure in my life. I think of him often. I thank him. And I will miss him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY