Keith ‘Weasel’ Wheeler 1945 – 2012

Keith at home by the bar at DCC

Keith ‘Weasel’ Wheeler sadly passed away on Thursday 22nd November after a battle against cancer.  Keith was an integral part of life at DCC and honoured us all with 25 years service, as a player, groundsman, barman and supporter – a genuine all-rounder. Keith touched so many of the members through his thoughtful acts and was well loved by the players and their families who had the pleasure of his company on match days.

Keith was truly a legend of the club and is irreplaceable. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this sad time. Keith’s funeral service will take place at 3.15pm this Friday 30th November at  Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Rd, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 7SJ followed by a gathering at DCC.

As Keith was a man that gave so much to so many people at Datchet, we thought that it would be fitting to share some of the personal messages from the DCC family and beyond, so below we have included some of the tributes that have flooded in for Keith following the sad news. DTHD

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My son Jack always struggled at Henley CC and we  worried how he would take to Datchet. He now loves it because Weasel would sit him at the bar, get him diet Coke and chat away to him. So gutted to hear of his passing today. Thanks Weasel, you made Jack love Datchet. We will all miss you. Without question last season’s victories and promotions throughout our club are now dedicated to you. Rest in Peace mate. Big kiss from Jack x You really were Datchet till you died.
Tom Lambert

Awful news to hear of ‘Weasel’s’ passing, tears shed, absolute great man to me in England and Datchet. Tomorrow’s game will be for him*
Conor Gallagher

RIP Weasel. A true DCC legend. Noah will miss your ice lollies. I will miss a friendly face and chat as soon as you walk into the clubhouse. DTHD x
Ben Wilkinson

RIP Weasel, a real DCC stalwart and a legend to the end. The place will not be the same without him serving behind the bar. You’ll be missed by everyone mate RIP
Nick Bellman

DCC has lost a good man in Weasel. The main reason our club regularly topped the TVL hospitality ratings  was down to his efforts. The boys will have many Div 1 victories to dedicate to him next year.
Chris Edwards

He always had a smile for everyone’s partners and made us newcomers feel very welcome. Me, Kerry-Louise Aldridge and Beki Wood always enjoyed our chats with him. Poor, poor DCC a massive loss xxx
Jackie Edwards

Weasel, a great man who touched so many through the little details he always remembered. He will be truly missed. DTHD
Nick Tilley

A massive loss indeed! Lovely guy who was always there to help and make DCC the family home it is x
Kerry-Louise Aldridge 

Datchet has lost a proper club man. He will be missed by DCC and opposition players and members alike. Whenever Max, Sally Furness and I went down he was generous and friendly, and always saved some cake from the teas for Max. Top man.
Sean Furness

Have just heard the sad news about Weasel. A great man of DCC who will be sorely missed by players, families and visitors. DCC will be a poorer place without him. RIP Keith Wheeler!
Rob Waters

Today we say goodbye to a true legend… You made any one that walked through the doors to DCC feel welcome…the home of cricket will never be the same without you. Maddie and I will miss you mate…The term legend gets used far to much… But Keith Wheeler (wheezel) you truly were a DCC legend.. RIP mate x
Arun Oram

Keith ‘Weasel’ Wheeler… A truly great guy who personified what a true club man is all about…a Datchet man through and through. If as a club we can show even half the commitment he did then Datchet CC will always be a thriving happy place
Vishal Aeri

One of the only clubs in the TVL where the bar was open all day bringing cricket fans down to watch DCC from opposition clubs and only because we had weasel there to serve. Always made the effort to make new people welcomed you will be truly missed RIP. DTHD
Adam Jones

Made me more than welcome when I was around RIP matey. A credit to Datchet cricket club
Stefan Jarno Tinworth

Very sad to hear of Weasel’s passing…he was a great bloke, did so many wonderful things for the club and will be sorely missed by all. RIP Keith Wheeler
Daniel Stickland

Such sad news. RIP Keith you’ll be sorely missed.
Russell Cox

So sad as he was such a great guy and always had a smile for everyone at DCC xx will be very much missed xx
Tel Donaldson

Really sad news! An amazing bloke – the cricket fraternity will miss a true star! RIP wheeze!
Mel Ive

Lads, just wanted to personally pass my condolences on for Keith’s passing. Even as a visiting player, he had a reputation at Windsor CC of being a top bloke, always smiling and happy around the bar. I am sure he will be upstairs cheering you guys on in Div 1 next season…
Wes Nichols (Windsor CC)

Very very sad news, always a friendly face in the clubhouse and great with the kids. Will be sorely missed, Rip weasel.
Anthony Young

I will greatly miss Weasel’s observations and humour, He was a great man.
Rhys Williams

Im sure i speak on behalf of all his friends at Farnham Royal CC, Keith will be sadly missed and our condolences go to his family and friends at this time. RIP.fella
Geoff Jacobs (Farnham Royal CC)

A true gent. You will always be in our hearts and minds buddy. RIP Weasel.
David Ive

I am saddened to hear that Keith has passed away. The time I spent at DCC, he has worked hard for the club. A rare gent indeed. Our condolences go to his family and those who have been close to him.
Ranjit Nagalingam

Always had a warm welcome from Weasel. Great man and great ambassador for DCC. He will be missed by all at Slough RFC
Ken Watkins (Slough RFC)

Today we say goodbye to the face of Datchet Cricket Club. All round top bloke and very proud to call him my friend. Weasel it’s not very often that you can say someone is irreplaceable but you are and DCC and all those associated will miss you. Rest in Peace my friend and I promise we will do our best to look after your club.
Paul Tilley

RIP Weasel , sorry I cant be there to say goodbye
James Lambert

Lovely guy always wanting a chat. He was brilliant with Evie such a shame, an all round top bloke. RIP Weasel x
Ritchie Brockies

Mary and I will be there today to say goodbye and join his DCC friends at the club after the funeral to reminisce on Weasal’s life and service to DCC. Yes we really will miss him.
Chris & Mary Lambert

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5 Comments on “Keith ‘Weasel’ Wheeler 1945 – 2012”

  1. Ann & Richard Southam
    November 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    We have just read the very sad news about the passing of Weasel. He was one of the nicest and most genuine “gentlemen” and always did so much for the Club in all the years he was there. Please send our condolences to his family. A very sad loss indeed.

    Ann & Richard Southam (Spain)

  2. November 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    As a member since 1951, and a too infrequent visitor to the club, I would like to add my thoughts here. Keith was that ever-present face behind the bar – the welcome to D.C.C. that never failed. We shall all miss you, pal, and the old place won’t be the same without you.
    Cricket clubs like Datchet depend on guys like Keith – the heart and soul of the place.

    Over the years there have been many “Weasels” at Datchet, and, God willing, there will be many more in the years to come. Club cricket needs the Keiths of this world, and the example he set will live on for many years to come.

    RIP

  3. November 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Weasel I will miss you, like so many will. I moved into Datchet six years ago with my family and Mother-in law who sadly had just lost her husband. Cricket run through the veins of my wifes family but without a playing memeber we wondered if we would be allowed to join DCC On our first visit to the pavillion Weasel made us so welcome that I even offered to help out! The rest is history Weasel looked out for my Daughter Amelia, then only three years old as if she was his own, saving her little treats from the cricket tea, watching out for all the children to keep them safe and telling her off when she rode through the club on her bicycle! the care and interaction I remember saying at the time was like stepping back 20yrs when people were not afraid to look out for each other.The one thing I will always be eternally gratefull for is the way Weasel looked afer my Mother-in law. bereved insecure and a new home, life was dificult to cope with but Weasel helped us to turn Mothers life around he never failed to greet Mother, made her so wlecome chatted about cricket and gave her a chance to forget her grief for a moment. Mother has now turned a corner and will even visit the club without me! So at home she now feels. God bless and look after you Keith I will do my best to look after your bar during my time in office.

  4. Ian, Lynn, Matthew & Ellie
    November 27, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I’m sure you’ll be looking down at all these wonderful tributes and thinking to yourself, what did I do? Quite simply you gave willingly, which really made a difference! RIP Mate.

  5. Yvonne Wheeler
    November 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    I have just read your comments on my brother Keith, it brought tears to read such nice messages, I know he always enjoyed going to DCC and enjoyed helping to look after it. I live in Florida and unfortunately was in Hospital this week so I could not attend his funeral service, which I really wanted to, he was in my thoughts today and always. My daughter Lucy and I will miss him a lot.

    Yvonne Wheeler

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