Death Notices & Obituaries

Michael Wheeler

WHEELER Michael Keith Valentine 14th February 1935 to 15th January 2020. Michael died suddenly but peacefully at his home aged 84 years. Dearly loved husband of Beverley and Dad of Nikki, Amber and Zani. Loved grandfather and great grandfather. Funeral Service to be held at the Long Barrow Ceremony Hall, Harbour View on Thursday 30th January at 3.30pm. Donations in memory of Michael for Bournemouth Athletics Club can be made by visiting or left in the donations box at his funeral.



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  • lilliputiansays...

    A much admired and respected Bournemouth Athletic Club team-mate of the 1960's. R.I.P. David Artal
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  • dcordellsays...

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    I was fortunate to have had Mr Wheeler as my form teacher at castle court in 1971. A great teacher who could write with both hands and magically change chalk colour. He was a remarkable, beloved teacher who influenced so many. I am especially grateful to his daughter Amber who helped arrange for me to meet him on a trip back to Bournemouth a couple of years ago. It was wonderful to see him after 45 years and to be regaled with his stories of his remarkable life. Most especially it was my chance to thank him. Teachers can have a great impact on so many and I will always be grateful that Mr. Wheeler was one of mine.
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  • Richard Harrisonsays...

    I was a student at Castle Court in the 80s. Though I knew Michael around 40 years ago I have thought of him often. He was an extraordinary and great man. And to this day when people ask me who has inspired me in my life I think of Michael. I was a sprinter as a kid, Michael coached me and I got to know him. It was a pleasure and privilege to have done so. One day he showed me his scrapbook of memories. His greatest pleasure on the track was beating the great Emile Zatapek, I believe at White City, in a time that was initially thought to have been a world record. Also, unless I am imagining this, he told me how on the night before winning the medal in Brisbane he was terribly ill and had an ice bath to break the fever. His doctor told him it could have grave consequences but he did it anyway. An awe-inspiring man to who I feel I owe a great deal.
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