Anthony ‘Dutchie’ Wijdeven Death, Pukekohe Rugby Club member dies from heart attack

 Anthony 'Dutchie' Wijdeven
Pukekohe Rugby Club life member and former president Anthony Wijdeven (Image via Facebook)


The sudden and tragic passing of Anthony Wijdeven, a revered businessman and esteemed life member of the Pukekohe Rugby Club deeply saddens the sporting community. His unexpected demise has sent shockwaves through the local sports fraternity, leaving many in mourning and reflecting on his profound impact.

Wijdeven was not only recognized for his accomplishments in the business world but also held an influential and cherished position within the rugby community. As a life member of the Pukekohe Rugby Club, his dedication and contributions to the sport were immeasurable.

Anthony ‘Dutchie’ Wijdeven passing

Beyond his business acumen, Wijdeven’s involvement in the rugby club exemplified his leadership qualities, dedication, and love for the game. His presence on and off the field served as an inspiration, leaving a lasting legacy that will be remembered by teammates, fellow club members, and the wider sporting community.

His untimely passing has undoubtedly left a void, not only within the Pukekohe Rugby Club but also within the hearts of all those who valued his friendship, guidance, and unwavering support. As tributes pour in from friends, colleagues, and the sporting community at large, the legacy of Anthony Wijdeven will endure, serving as a testament to his profound impact on both the business and sporting realms.

What happened to him?

The Pukekohe Rugby Club was plunged into mourning upon the tragic news of Anthony Wijdeven’s passing, a revered figure within both the club and the wider Counties Manukau sporting community. The club announced the heartbreaking news on Friday, revealing that Wijdeven, a distinguished life member and former president, had succumbed to a fatal heart attack on Thursday night.

The club’s Facebook post paid homage to Wijdeven’s enduring presence and profound influence within the club. Described as a beloved and loyal member, Wijdeven’s impact spanned over 40 years, marking his legacy through various roles – from player to committee member, sponsor, club delegate, and team manager.

Cause of death

Anthony Wijdeven tragically passed away due to a fatal heart attack, causing a profound loss within the Pukekohe Rugby Club and the wider sporting community. His sudden demise saddened many, leaving friends, family, and acquaintances in shock as they mourned the unexpected loss of a highly regarded figure known for his contributions to the club and the sporting fraternity.

Tributes from the Community

Counties Manukau Rugby joined in commemorating Wijdeven’s invaluable contributions. Chief Executive Aaron Lawton lauded him as a tireless worker, and an unwavering supporter of Pukekohe Rugby, Counties Manukau Rugby, and sports across the region. Lawton emphasized Wijdeven’s altruistic nature, always ready to lend a helping hand and offering his support in any capacity required.

Wijdeven’s dedication to the sport and his unwavering commitment to the club earned him admiration and respect. His absence leaves an irreplaceable void within the Pukekohe Rugby Club and the wider sporting community. His smart, humorous, and loyal character will be dearly missed.

Renee Stringer: “Dutchie was our president when women’s rugby was revitalized at Counties. He wholeheartedly supported teams like Manurewa, Papakura, Pukekohe, Onewhero, and Weymouth. We loved him for his dedication. RIP to our President. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nikki and the family.”

Kev Williams: “Today, we lost a legend. He was a company leader, my wife’s boss for 25 years, and a family friend close to both my and Lee’s hearts. Our condolences to Nicky & the family. Dutch, may you Rest Easy. You’ve been with us for a very long time, and don’t worry, your spirit will remain in our hearts forever. Rest Easy, Anthony, Dutch 😥😥”

Stephen Virtue: “Just heard the sad news! R.I.P. Anthony “Dutchie” Wijdeven. Taken far too young. My condolences to the entire Wijdeven family during this time.”

Honoring His Memory

The Pukekohe Rugby Club has invited mourners to gather at the club premises from 4 pm on Friday to commemorate Wijdeven’s life. Additionally, the Counties Manukau flag at Navigation Homes Stadium flies at half-mast as a mark of respect to this great individual.

Anthony “Dutchie” Wijdeven’s sudden departure has profoundly impacted those who knew him, highlighting the immeasurable loss felt by the sporting community. His legacy as a dedicated volunteer, passionate supporter, and influential figure within Pukekohe Rugby Club will endure as a testament to his remarkable contributions and unwavering devotion.


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