It is with sadness that I have to report the death of our friend and Club member Rodney Wheeler who died in hospital after a short illness
He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family and friends at this dreadful time
The funeral arrangenments for Rodney Wheeler are as follows:
Funeral confirmed for 11am on Wednesday 19th January at St.Matthews Church St Matthew's Close, Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD19 4ST
At 12 noon there will be a service for the family only at Garston Crematorium
Then at St.Matthew's Church Hall
No flowers please but donations to The Camphill Trust (www.camphill.org.uk) which Rodney supported for many years
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There follows a short biography of Rodney by John Church our Club historian.
Born 17th October 1925
Died 30th December 2010 in hospital after a short illness
An Old Boy of St Marylebone Grammar School (as were a number of his contemporaries including Claude Colville Norman Spark and Don Hollands who was Club Captain in 1951/2) after service in the RAF he joined the Club at Spur Road in 1948
Played at hooker and progressed through the teams eventually becoming a regular in the 1st XV and Club Captain in 1954/5 the second season at Grove Field.
His playing career was prematurely ended following a serious knee injury shortly thereafter and he then turned his attention to the serious business of Stockbroking - in the more traditional pre Big Bang era - and of raising a family with his wife Marion.
After continuing to live in Maida Vale for many years he eventually moved to Oxhey with his family and after retirement refreshed his interest in the Club being a particularly keen supporter of the Alicadoos Lunches since their inception.
Indeed he, his son and grandson were at the Club on the occasion of one earlier this season.
A true gentleman of the Old School with a lively and charming character he will be much missed by his many friends of all generations at the Club.
Rod is seated at the right hand end of the front row in this team picture.