Pete Hayward (West Wilts Bee) RIP

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Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear this awful news. I knew Pete for donkeys years, right through all the bad old (but good old) seventies and eighties, always had time for a drink and a laugh, a real character and a top, top bloke.

I met him and Claire before the Villa game and briefly met his brother and son in law too, Pete was his usual self, chatty and raring to go.

Just awful news, sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

Nice words sonofabee

RIP Pete
 

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Very sad news, RIP Pete
 

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RIP Pete, very sad news.
 

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Pete was a great bloke i lived near him in westbury for a while allways a great chat when he gave me a lift to gp so sad to hear this respect to you pete top man 🐝🐝
 

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RIP Pete.
Sad times but so glad you got to enjoy seeing promotion, the new stadium and such a fine start in the PL.
All best wishes to family and close friends.
 

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RIP Pete, so sorry to hear this, another character gone.
 

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RIP, such sad news. Condolences to all his many friends and family.
 

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Terrible news and such a shock to me to lose yet another loyal Bee.
He was always there in the dark days of bucket collecting, and when I used to try to give BU a visual presence by flogging the BU badges from a pasting board, Pete would always stop by for a chat and try to encourage others to buy.... such a super guy, and a true Bee.
My sincere condolences to his family, he'll never be forgotten.
 

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Sad news. RIP Pete, and condolences to his nearest and dearest
 

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Since the sad news reached his friends not even a week ago when Pete had this heart problem we have been praying Pete could fight this but sadly he didn’t.The West Wilts bee who posted that many on here only knew is the same in person a man who stood his ground on his opinions could be very amusing at the same time.Over the years you could walk into a bar at Cardiff or Huddersfield ect and you would get the wave followed by a grin that lit up the pub and then a hug followed by a long discussion about how we were doing as a club.
Last spoke to Pete over Christmas in the dug out and being of a similar age we discussed about how great all things Bees was and the sh*te we have endured over the years sadly he won’t be able to even see out the first season which makes me so angry of how cruel life can be.
So long Pete it’s been a privilege to have known you over so many years although I won’t see you again at far off places I’ll be there to see you off on your longest one.God bless
 
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Since the sad news reached his friends not even a week ago when Pete had this heart problem we have been praying Pete could fight this but sadly he didn’t.The West Wilts bee who posted that many on here only knew is the same in person a man who stood his ground on his opinions could be very amusing at the same time.Over the years you could walk into a bar at Cardiff or Huddersfield ect and you would get the wave followed by a grin that lit up the pub and then a hug followed by a long discussion about how we were doing as a club.
Last spoke to Pete over Christmas in the dug out and being of a similar age we discussed about how great all things Bees was and the sh*te we have endured over the years sadly he won’t be able to even see out the first season which makes me so angry of how cruel life can be.
So long Pete it’s been a privilege to have known you over so many years although I won’t see you again at far off places I’ll be there to see you off on your longest one.God bless

Lovely words Bill 👍
 

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Since the sad news reached his friends not even a week ago when Pete had this heart problem we have been praying Pete could fight this but sadly he didn’t.The West Wilts bee who posted that many on here only knew is the same in person a man who stood his ground on his opinions could be very amusing at the same time.Over the years you could walk into a bar at Cardiff or Huddersfield ect and you would get the wave followed by a grin that lit up the pub and then a hug followed by a long discussion about how we were doing as a club.
Last spoke to Pete over Christmas in the dug out and being of a similar age we discussed about how great all things Bees was and the sh*te we have endured over the years sadly he won’t be able to even see out the first season which makes me so angry of how cruel life can be.
So long Pete it’s been a privilege to have known you over so many years although I won’t see you again at far off places I’ll be there to see you off on your longest one.God bless
I first met him at Swindon(A) - the Paul Brooker goal - and when we were in trouble as a club. A bucket shaker and a solid supporter of our club.
 

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Sat next to Pete at GP, always upbeat and good fun. He was never happier than when Bianca from Sky gave him a wave. Our condolences to Phil, Vin and his family.

John & Max
 

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Didnt know Pete 'in real life' but he made some great posts on here and was clearly Brentford through and through. Very sad news to wake up to this morning. I hope he'd made his peace with the club following the disgraceful treatment of his brothers recently.

RIP, another huge loss to the BFC and GPG communities.
I’m like you -didn’t know him personally but enjoyed reading his posts. One that springs to mind was in the early days under Uwe I posted something along the lines of feeling guilty being critical. WWB reassured me that I wasn’t wrong but reassured that things would improve - quite clearly he was right.

RIP
 

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Did not know Pete but heard lots about him through friends that sat near him at GP, very sad news.
RIP Pete
 

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Very, very sad news. Known Pete since I was about 12/13. We both delivered newspapers for the Cabin newsagents in Northolt then played football with Pete in the local parks. He was Brentford through and through. RIP Pete you will be missed
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Truly shocked to read of Pete's passing,my condolences to Pete's family.
I too was on the paper rounds at Hiscocks in Northolt.
Pete and I were reminiscing a few years ago about the good old days.
Pete had contacted me via GPG to ask if I was who he thought. We had gone our separate ways until that point.
We all as kids used to meet at GP, play footie over the park,even play for the team that the Cabin started.
We were Brentford, surrounded by Ra Ra and Chelski,but we stuck to our colours.
I am in total shock at this sad news, RIP Pete a good childhood friend a fellow Bee and a cracking fella who never had a bad word to say (mostly) about anyone.
Buzz high my old friend!
 
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RIP Pete..didn't know you personally but I knew you by sight as I saw you at many distant outposts following our beloved Bees and you always seemed to have a smile for everyone. As @moribee says it is such a dreadful time at the moment and the club should be grateful for all the hard work you did during the bad times to raise funds and awareness of our plight at that time.

One of the good guys who will be sadly missed.
 

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RIP Pete and condolences to his family.

Pete was a Brentford legend, a BIAS and BU foot soldier who literally always went the extra mile.

Pete was never a comittee man but always showed an interest on what was happening and was never affraid to offer support or to do the leg work.

From the No to Woking and the ABeeC campaign, fund raing for BU with walks to Wycombe and all the way to Hartlepool, Pete was there.

Thank you Sir, may you rest in peace.
 

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RIP Pete and condolences to his family.

Pete was a Brentford legend, a BIAS and BU foot soldier who literally always went the extra mile.

Pete was never a comittee man but always showed an interest on what was happening and was never affraid to offer support or to do the leg work.

From the No to Woking and the ABeeC campaign, fund raing for BU with walks to Wycombe and all the way to Hartlepool, Pete was there.

Thank you Sir, may you rest in peace.
Well put Rich.

Absolutely choked and shocked.
Personally I value the efforts of Pete and all those fans who fought the fight to save BFC, as just as important as MBs money.
I remember his infectious laugh and his pride in our club.
We are losing these "unknown" heroes and it really upsets me.

I would really like to think of a way BIAS can remember the fans like Pete in our history. Maybe a memorial at BCS.
Sorry if this is a daft idea.

Really sad news.
 

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A very, very sad day for me and I imagine a huge number of fellow bees who know and love Pete Hayward (West Wilts Bee) who sadly died today following a major heart attack earlier in the week.
Pete was from a family of Bees and one of 8 siblings with 4 brothers who all got taken to GP while nippers by their dad Syd who was also a lifelong Bee.
Pete was 67 and a familiar, smiling, charismatic die hard fan who was always great company on away trips over the years and just one of the nicest blokes you could ever wish to meet.
He was a very well known face, one of the one Hartlepool walkers and also shook buckets outside when the club was in a far worse situation.
I know how happy he’s been in recent times as our crowd always enjoy a catch up in the Dug out with Pete and brothers Phil and Vin (sadly brother Chris, Isle of Wight Bee on GPG left us 14 years ago as did dad)

Thoughts are with his wife Lin and family as well as brothers Phil and Vin and sisters Marg and Theresa, they are a very close, lovely family of Bees.

God bless and RIP Pete, you’ll be sorely missed by so many of us but you’re joining a great team up there.
Lovely words sonofabee you’ve summed up Pete’s family and legacy perfectly.
I‘ve known Pete for fifty years after being introduced to his family by his eldest brother Chris - who became my best mate and mentor - in 1971. I was 15 and had just started work and his Mum and Dad welcomed me into their home and family and consequently I became a life long Bee.
I have many memories of Pete, probably the most memorable being his walk to Hartlepool. After yet another home defeat in early 2004 we were in the pub drowning our sorrows and Pete announced “If we stay up this season I’ll walk to Hartlepool next season” This rest, is as they say, history. Pete being a man of his word duly walked the 300 miles in a freezing cold February through snow and blizzards.
Pete was as strong as an Ox, a man of principle who would stand his ground, a loyal friend and great fun to be with.
My sincere condolences to his wonderful wife Lin, children Clare and Jack and all the Hayward family. You are all in my thoughts.
The word ‘Legend’ can often be overused these days but Pete really is a true legend of Brentford. Thankfully he was able to see his club in our wonderful new stadium in the Premiership.

RIP Pete 🐝
 

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Well put Rich.

Absolutely choked and shocked.
Personally I value the efforts of Pete and all those fans who fought the fight to save BFC, as just as important as MBs money.
I remember his infectious laugh and his pride in our club.
We are losing these "unknown" heroes and it really upsets me.

I would really like to think of a way BIAS can remember the fans like Pete in our history. Maybe a memorial at BCS.
Sorry if this is a daft idea.

Really sad news.
Without the incredible efforts of people like Pete, there may very well not have been a club for MB to show the fantastic generosity he has.
 

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I would really like to think of a way BIAS can remember the fans like Pete in our history. Maybe a memorial at BCS.
Sorry if this is a daft idea.

Not “a daft idea” at all.

I too would like to see a permanent memorial to all Brentford FC supporters outside the stadium. To remember everyone who supported our Club over the years.
 

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Sat directly behind Pete for many years in New Road always a supporter to get behind the team 100%. A supporter for many, many years from a family of fellow BEES.
As others have mentioned did that WALK TO HARTLEPOOL to raise awareness of the BEES PLIGHT and continued off the field to help finances in our days of despair.
His children Clare and Jack followed in the tradition of following "OUR TINPOT CLUB".
I send my condolences to all his family in these very sad times. ONE SUPPORTER WHO TRUELY LOVED OUR LITTLE CLUB.
RIP PETE.
 

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Lovely words sonofabee you’ve summed up Pete’s family and legacy perfectly.
I‘ve known Pete for fifty years after being introduced to his family by his eldest brother Chris - who became my best mate and mentor - in 1971. I was 15 and had just started work and his Mum and Dad welcomed me into their home and family and consequently I became a life long Bee.
I have many memories of Pete, probably the most memorable being his walk to Hartlepool. After yet another home defeat in early 2004 we were in the pub drowning our sorrows and Pete announced “If we stay up this season I’ll walk to Hartlepool next season” This rest, is as they say, history. Pete being a man of his word duly walked the 300 miles in a freezing cold February through snow and blizzards.
Pete was as strong as an Ox, a man of principle who would stand his ground, a loyal friend and great fun to be with.
My sincere condolences to his wonderful wife Lin, children Clare and Jack and all the Hayward family. You are all in my thoughts.
The word ‘Legend’ can often be overused these days but Pete really is a true legend of Brentford. Thankfully he was able to see his club in our wonderful new stadium in the Premiership.

RIP Pete 🐝
Someone just reminded me, on a WhatApp message, that Peter was also one of the stalwart "bucket collectors".
This is all a million miles away from the Club today, but it wouldn't be in the place it is today if it wasn't for people like Pete who kept the flame alive.
 
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