Vince Weller

Tony Weller

Tony and Vince Weller, father and son and inseparable friends

My time with Vince Weller goes back to the days of Scouts at 1st East Putney this was no run of the mill Scout group in Disraeli road Putney. When you have people like Vince, Big Del, Alan Rushmer, Len Rushmer, Les Muir, Steve Lloyd and Tony Weller (as a leader) it’s not going to be quiet. It was through the group that Vince met my sister who he later married.

Whilst at the Scout’s Vince went to play for Wandsworthians he was the only player to come to the club from Wandsworth school in his year, at the time the club were disappointed but after seeing Vince play you did not need to many more. Every week he picked me up and would take me to games home or away. We would normally be at the same ground Vince always in the 1st team me usually in the 3rd team sometimes meeting at Mapleton Rd before the game for the normal wind ups before traveling.

From the start it was clear that Vince was a class player who could have left the Old Wandsworthians for a bigger club but such was his character that he would rather play in a team with his mates. Vince was always part of any wind ups in the changing rooms (when he was not picking his feet) but on the pitch was a no nonsense player who never took a backward step. We had some great times on tours Vince was part of the famous SPG on the Isle of Wight. We also had the odd game of buzz, Vince was one of Micky Brown’s boys in the old Blues (he always got the Micky tap) and no surprise was a top rugby netball player. In later years Vince stopped playing rugby due to work commitments and a bad back. Although Vince and my sister separated we still kept in contact.

Vince met and married Joy and they were very happy together Tony and Vince always came to the Old Boys lunches and attended the Varsity game every year. One of life’s true gents everybody liked Vince this was reflected by the attendance of so many to help in the celebration of his life. A life taken too soon. He leaves behind a wife, four children, three Grandchildren his Mum and Dad, two sisters and a whole lot of friends.

Good bye and God bless

Martin Rushmer

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