Hamilton Wanderers have lost a “true gentleman” who coached, served on the board and acted as a mentor to many of the club’s young players.
Pete Davies has died in Hamilton, aged 68.
Paying tribute to him, Wanderers chairman Dave Douglas said Davies had been a member of the club for nearly a decade and had served as a board member, its chairman and had coached the club’s Northern League squad.
“Pete’s greatest influence was in our Northern League men’s reserve and youth teams where he was a much-loved coach/mentor and mate of so many of the talented young players that have come through our club,” Douglas said.
He said the number of young players who had made first team appearances at Wanderers or with other clubs was “a lasting testament to the impact that he had at our club and other clubs he has been involved with.”
In his tribute, Douglas said of Everton-supporting Davies:
“Pete, you will always be remembered at our club for the unselfish and caring work you did but mostly for being a true gentleman and great mate of so many at our club. Rest in peace, our friend.”
Peter Lewis Davies
The following notice has appeared in the Waikato Times:
DAVIES, Peter Lewis: Peacefully at Waikato Hospital on Saturday 26 November 2022, aged 68 years. Beloved husband of Vivian. Much loved father and father-in-law of Gareth & Rochelle, and James & Christie. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Mike & Angela, Pauline & David, Jan & the late Graham, April, Claire & David, William, Jenny & David. Loved uncle, great-uncle, and a proud Everton Supporter. In preference to flowers, a donation to the SPCA may be made in Pete’s memory. All messages to the Davies Family, c/- PO Box 4449, Hamilton 3247. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Pete’s life to be held at Hamilton Park Chapel, 395 Morrinsville Road, on Friday 2 December 2022, at 11.00am.
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