It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Wally Wedgwood. Wally, 71, passed away on January 14, 2014 after a short illness. Wally helped establish our club in 1975 bringing several players from the Mt Eliza cricket club to form a team that won the A Grade Premiership in our first year.
Wally owned Wedgwoods Sports & Cycles which was the only sports store in Mornington at that stage and supplied equipment for the club in the first few years. He was a committee member and Vice President as the club quickly established three senior and a junior team. He played in the first few years but had instances of not fully grasping the rules with Enzo telling the story of him returning to second base from home via the pitchers mound on a fly ball.
He recruited Ken Hardie to play juniors in 1975 supplying him with his first glove and cleats with Ken still playing 40 years down the track. Wally supported the club in the 90's donating 'Man of the Match' awards and providing cheap match balls. It was great to see Wally at last seasons Presidents Lunch where he continued to support the club financially.
Wally purchased a sporting goods store called Kingsbury's which later became Wedgwood's Sports and Cycles. Wedgwood's became a household name on the Peninsula as the main retailer of bicycles and other sporting goods. Many people who have grown up or raised their children on the Peninsula purchased a bicycle from Wally.
Wally lived on the Mornington Peninsula for most of his adult life and with his wife Sue raised three daughters. He had a very strong sense of community and supported the Peninsula community in a wide variety of ways.
He joined Rotary in the 1970s and had been a member of the Mornington and Mt Martha clubs, including a stint as president of the latter, and he held most office-bearing positions at the Mt Martha Club.
In addition to his volunteer work at Rotary, Wally served on the committees of local sporting clubs and charities supporting the disadvantaged. He was honoured with a life membership of the Mt Eliza Cricket Club.
Wedgwood Sports and Cycles had a long history of supporting community groups through the donation of bicycles and other sporting goods.
Wally is a recipient of Rotary's Paul Harris Award for his long service to the community.
His funeral in Mornington on 21st January was attended by more than 600 people which is a reflection of the high esteem in which the local community held Wally and his great service to the Peninsula.