CMRFU acknowledges passing of Anthony Wijdeven

CMRFU acknowledges passing of Anthony Wijdeven

Pukekohe Rugby Club life member and former president Anthony Wijdeven has tragically passed away the club has announced on Friday.

Wijdeven, a highly prominent and respected member of the Counties Manukau sporting community, suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday night.

“It is with a heavy heart that we advise that past president and life member Dutchie Wijdeven passed away suddenly last night from a heart attack,” a post on the Pukekohe Rugby Club Facebook page said.

“Dutchie was a loyal member who was loved by many of us and will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to Nikki, Daniek, Tony and Kees and the wider Wijdeven family at this sad time.

“From player, committee member, sponsor, club delegate, and team manager – Dutchie has participated in every aspect of the workings of our club, an involvement spanning over 40 years.”

Counties Manukau Rugby issued a tribute after hearing the sad news.

“Dutchie, as he was known, was a tireless worker, a loyal supporter of Pukekohe Rugby, Counties Manukau Rugby and sport in the region in general and was the first to offer some help or put his hand up to assist in any way possible,” chief executive Aaron Lawton said.

“He was the epitome of a club volunteer and his contribution to the sport has been monumental.

“We will miss the smart, funny and loyal character and offer our heart-felt condolences to his family, friends and all of those at the Pukekohe Rugby Club that he loved so dearly.”

The Pukekohe Rugby Club will be open from 4pm on Friday for people to raise a glass in his memory.

The Counties Manukau flag at Navigation Homes Stadium is flying at half-mast in the great man’s honour today.