Pete Hayward (West Wilts Bee) RIP

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Thank you to all of you for your comments and memories of Pete. It's comforting for my Sister's to read who are not quite so involved with the Club and to know how his fellow fans viewed him. Ironic that the last thread he put on here was "Bees fans" and how great they are.

Family was everything to him and he was the most protective, fiercely loyal brother, anyone could wish for. A softy at heart, he was strong, kind and generous. A smile to match but not one to mess with!

He was fortunate to meet and marry Lin and have two fantastic children in Jack and Clare, who have been regulars with him at BCS.

He will leave a massive void in all of our lives. For Vin and me, seeing the empty seat next to us at BCS will not be easy.

RIP Pete. Simply the best.

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Terribly sad news. Used to enjoy chatting to Pete back when we were in New Road. A really nice guy, passionate about the Bees, sincere condolences from both Chels and I to his family.RIP
 

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Such sad, sad news. The words legend and one of a kind get banded about and applied too often these days but in Pete, these are the only ways to describe him. Pete was a proud man, hardworking, loved his family and equally beloved by all. Our love goes out to Lin, Clare and Jack, please accept our condolences for your loss.

I have some really great memories of him, especially as a kid and he always had the ability to make me laugh (to me he had this aroua about him and you couldn't help but respect him). He was there when I made my first journey GP with my Dad and Grandad on the 83/84 season and I remember in awe at the Div 3 Championship trophy day, when big Tel walking down the steps recognised Pete from the crowd..... With an alright Pete! - that really impressed me as a twelve year Old that my Uncle knew big Tel. My Dad used to tell me stories about Pete, which were usually really funny and just stoked the legend.

Where ever you went though, there would always be someone who knew Pete, from growing up back on his Racecourse days, having a pint and a chat with him at Northolt, Bees club, Westbury, away games or other.

Pete loved this club, I mean truly loved this club and it's lost a great supporter. Rest in peace Pete, you'll be in good company.
 

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One of my earlier, and more lasting, memories of Brentford is being sat in New Road when the Hartlepool Walkers were bought out onto the pitch at half time (may have been prematch?) and just thinking "wow, this lot must absolutely love the club". Between the Southampton FA Cup games, I think?
Its one of the things that really made me appreciate what a special club and set of supporters we have.

I don't think I ever met Pete, but deepest sympathies to his family who have lost an obviously amazing man.
 

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Was lucky enough to hitch a ride up to GP on a couple of occasions years back, as an old mate of his son Jack. Besides my dad there wasn't that many Bees fans around our neck of the woods, but Pete's passion was enough to count for 50. Remember being in awe of hearing about his walk to Hartlepool, away days and laughing (as you have to as a Bees fan) about all the times we'd blown it in the big games as well as the success he'd seen along the way.
If memory serves me right I think he was coach when I came on as a sub and had an absolute shocker for Westbury Youth but he was very kind and encouraging. Absolute manners on the man and a great sense of humour, very sad to hear of his passing.

Rest in peace Pete and Condolences to all of your family.

Raise a glass all.
 

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Never met Pete but always enjoyed his contributions here. Its terribly sad news and I send all my best wishes to.his family.
 

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I met and walked with Pete on the Walk To Wycombe back in 2003…lovely guy who loved the club…67 is no real age but at least he saw our ’Prem Dream’ become a reality…rest easy now Pete & Up The Bees! Will give them a cheer for you at St.Mary’s tomorrow! 😓🐝♥️
 

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I grew up with Pete on the Racecourse Estate in Northolt near his Brentord supporting family and lived a few doors from his great mate another Bee Ian Dyer. My Dad would often walk back from Church on a Sunday with Pete's Dad Sid who worked in the postal sorting office in Paddington. Even although Pete was a few years younger than me because we were surrounded by Rangers fans in Northolt we tended to flock together because of ours and our Fathers love of Brentford. I do believe he was probably the eldest of the Hartlepool five perhaps about 51 when he did the walk and I know that younger supporters were fascinated about his stories of the walk when I used to encourage him to relay them in the Inverness Club. We often talked about going to games in the back of Mr Tomkins open back truck when we were kids. Mr Tomkins lived on the estate and would take as many kids as sat on his wall outside his house a couple of hours before the game. Whether sun, rain or snow we travelled on the back of that open truck grateful that it saved us three buses from Northolt and was free. RIP Pete you were without doubt the best of the best and a credit to your family and Brentford Football Club.
 

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Rest in Peace Pete. This is such sad news. As a fellow bucket collector Julia Johnson and I got to know him well. What a lovely man. He loved the Bees as his walk to Hartlepool demonstrated and driving up from Somerset to every home game. Pete will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
 

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Very sad to hear of the passing of another long standing supporter. Like many of a certain age, Pete witnessed the many tough times as well as more recent triumphs. RIP Sir and condolences to his family and friends.
 

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Will there be a minutes applause in the 67th minute? Pete's support of the club and fundraising for BIAS and BU imho deserves that respect and honour

Must be mate.

Man Utd would be great if the family agree.
When we were doing the buckets the thought of playing Man united in a league game would have been unthinkable more like Sutton United.
 
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Condolences to Pete's family and friends, this must be an awful shock. Rest in peace.
 

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Must be mate.

Man Utd would be great if the family agree.
When we were doing the buckets the thought of playing Man united in a league game would have been unthinkable more like Sutton United.
Thanks Bish. I'm sure all the family would be happy with that and think it would be well deserved for Pete.

I will check with Lin and come back to you.
 

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A huge personality that sat in front of me in New Road for almost 20 years ...with his Dad, his brother and often his children. Missed him when we moved to the new ground and devastated now he has gone.
 

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This is shocking news. I walked to Wycombe with Pete one year and we would always say hello at home matches, or far away places, thereafter.

RIP Pete and deepest condolences to his family and friends.
 
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RIP Pete. Another one gone but not forgotten.
 

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Bit easier to read for us over 50s.

Nice tribute Stedders.
Yes, I'm not too convinced on the twitter threading option
 

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I am sorry to say that I didn't learn of this until I got to St Mary's last night; desperate, desperate news; in the days before the WCB Minibus I sometimes drove from Cornwall to Westbury and Pete would kindly give me a lift to and from GP; a wonderful, knowledgable person and always perceptive about the Team; so very, very sad. God Bless.
 

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Phil, Peters family and BFC are all supportive of a 1 minute ovation for Peter at the Man Utd game on the 67th minute.

Big shout out to Stedders, for as always, stepping in and helping getting the wheels turning with BFC.

Just think for one minute about walking to Hartlepool, it's tiring driving it. Not to mention the bucket rattling etc.

Let's show the family, we remember, respect and will not forget the efforts of Peter to help secure BFCs future.

Please can you more social media savvy GPGrs, use all channels possible to promote the 1 minute ovation for Peter.
 
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Bit easier to read for us over 50s.

Nice tribute Stedders.
Nice tribute
 
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Phil, Peters family and BFC are all supportive of a 1 minute ovation for Peter at the Man Utd game on the 67th minute.

Big shout out to Stedders, for as always, stepping in and helping getting the wheels turning with BFC.

Just think for one minute about walking to Hartlepool, it's tiring driving it. Not to mention the bucket rattling etc.

Let's show the family, we remember, respect and will not forget the efforts of Peter to help secure BFCs future.

Please can you more social media savvy GPGrs, use all channels possible to promote the 1 minute ovation for Peter.

Ace, I’m assuming Peter will announce it before the match and at half time to remind people as well?
I’ll apologise now to anyone in the Dug Out who shouts sit down everytime I stand up that there will be a minute regardless of the score when I’ll be doing just that against Utd.
 

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Ace, I’m assuming Peter will announce it before the match and at half time to remind people as well?
I’ll apologise now to anyone in the Dug Out who shouts sit down everytime I stand up that there will be a minute regardless of the score when I’ll be doing just that against Utd.

PG being the star he is, is going to make an announcement. I apologise, about being a bit vague, but I believe this will be before the match.
I will also be standing.
 
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PG being the star he is, is going to make an announcement. I apologise, about being a bit vague, but I believe this will be before the match.
I will also be standing.
Don’t Apologise, I love seeing everyone pulling together to try and make something positive out of a horrible situation and give him a proper send off that he’d enjoy.
 

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PG being the star he is, is going to make an announcement. I apologise, about being a bit vague, but I believe this will be before the match.
I will also be standing.
Definitely a group of us in the North Stand will be standing.
 

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I would just like to say a big thank you to all the great Bees fans who have posted a message regards Pete, my older brother, over the last few days. It has been heartbreaking to read the many kind messages of those that knew Pete through his association with BFC since at least 1962 but, at the same time, heart warming to read reflections of his character and personality. Pete loved Brentford FC and loved the game of football. He, and our oldest brother Chris, travelled throughout the country following our fantastic football club to places like Workington and Barrow but would, occasionally, pop into other London clubs just to see a game of football. Pete had great respect for the likes of Bobby Moore, Stan Bowles & Jimmy Greaves from those days but equally was so appreciative of the technical abilities of some of the Aston Villa players in that last game at BCS. When Pete spoke about football you stopped and listened - something I will miss big time. Pete's smile is something that many people have mentioned in these posts and during conversations. That, and his raised arm salute, is something I will never forget as he left BCS for that last time after the Villa win shouting back to us "seeya Vin, seeya Tom" as he walked up the steps to the exit. Pete was also a dedicated family man and it is a great tribute to him that his wife, Linda, and two children, Jack and Clare, plan to attend the home match against Man Utd. To those in the Dug Out (around Block 104) if a few people get up & stand in the 67th minute to applaud Pete Hayward please feel free to join them to celebrate a great fellow fan.
 

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I don't want to sound too soft but would it be appropriate to have a whip round to either get flowers from the GPG or a donation to a charity in West Wlit Bees memory, whatever would be deemed suitable 🐝
Not soft at all. He put it a lot of work to raise money to keep the club afloat when it was most needed. Would be more than happy to contribute.

Also: West Wilts Bee (Peter Hayward) funeral arrangements
 
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I would just like to say a big thank you to all the great Bees fans who have posted a message regards Pete, my older brother, over the last few days. It has been heartbreaking to read the many kind messages of those that knew Pete through his association with BFC since at least 1962 but, at the same time, heart warming to read reflections of his character and personality. Pete loved Brentford FC and loved the game of football. He, and our oldest brother Chris, travelled throughout the country following our fantastic football club to places like Workington and Barrow but would, occasionally, pop into other London clubs just to see a game of football. Pete had great respect for the likes of Bobby Moore, Stan Bowles & Jimmy Greaves from those days but equally was so appreciative of the technical abilities of some of the Aston Villa players in that last game at BCS. When Pete spoke about football you stopped and listened - something I will miss big time. Pete's smile is something that many people have mentioned in these posts and during conversations. That, and his raised arm salute, is something I will never forget as he left BCS for that last time after the Villa win shouting back to us "seeya Vin, seeya Tom" as he walked up the steps to the exit. Pete was also a dedicated family man and it is a great tribute to him that his wife, Linda, and two children, Jack and Clare, plan to attend the home match against Man Utd. To those in the Dug Out (around Block 104) if a few people get up & stand in the 67th minute to applaud Pete Hayward please feel free to join them to celebrate a great fellow fan.

Nice words Vin
 
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