Wally Hewitt: 1925 - 2011

  3 June 2012   Jeff Bell   Club News

It is with great sadness we must share the passing of Petone Football Club Life Member, Walter (Wally) Wilson Hewitt.


Wally Hewitt was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1925. At 17 years of age he played for Glentoran Olympic which was a feeder team for Glentoran, a professional side in the Irish League. He signed on for Glentoran but never got a game for the side.


In October 1948 he emigrated to New Zealand and joined the Petone club in 1949. A tall, rangy player, Wally played at centre forward in the Settlers side that won the 1949 Chatham Cup. Indeed, Wally scored the only goal in the final, after scoring two in the semi-final replay against Eden.


After a year as auditor in 1956, 1958 saw Wally elected to the management committee, and again in 1959. In 1960 he became chairman of the club for two years and then he reverted to being a management committee member in 1963. He served in this capacity in three further separate years before in 1969 he was elected treasurer for a season. Having been a prominent player, Wally was called upon during the 1960s as a first team selector.


In 1965 Wally was awarded life membership for the service he had given the club over the previous sixteen years.


In 1972 he was elected president, a position he held for three years. In filling this position Wally had occupied every administrative position in the senior club, in a full or acting capacity, except club captain.


Wally was a very important part of the Club and will always be remembered. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.