Selfless and hard-working: Tributes flow for Peter Wells
THE name Peter Wells was synonymous with Rockhampton cricket.
His contribution to the game was immeasurable; his legacy immense.
He gave so much to so many and his selflessness and generosity extended well beyond the boundaries of his beloved sport.
Peter's passing has seen the Wells family inundated with messages of sympathy and support from across the state.
He died on Monday, aged 69, four years to the day that he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer.
He is survived by wife Kerry and their three sons - Todd, Jason and Lachlan and their families.
Kerry said she had lost the love of her life when Peter's courageous battle finally ended.
"Forever in my heart. He will always be watching over us," she wrote in a touching post on Facebook.
They were married for 48 years, soulmates who first met in 1968 when Peter moved from Mackay to Rockhampton to attend the Queensland Institute of Technology Capricornia.
Peter had a 30-year long accountancy career before buying and running a sports store in Rockhampton for more than a decade.
He ably served in numerous roles in cricket, from coach to committee member to club president.
His tireless work saw him awarded life membership at both the Frenchville Falcons and Rockhampton Cricket.
Son Jason said his dad was always a numbers man. He set goals and made plans and so it was in his cancer fight.
"Dad was given timeframes by the doctors... and he wanted to prove those timeframes wrong.
"He would set himself targets, and that would include things like making it to mum's birthday, his birthday, our birthdays, Christmas.
"We knew this day was coming and we were lucky enough to have the time with him at the end. Not everyone is given that opportunity.
"The palliative care team at the hospital is unbelievable in what they do. They were so accommodating for us and Dad, and that is something we will never forget."
Jason said his father had so many remarkable qualities but there were two that really stood out.
"He just had an amazing ability to put others first. He would do whatever was necessary to make a situation for other people better," he said.
"He also had an incredible work ethic. He just worked really hard at everything he did. He was methodical and he wanted to make sure everything was as close to perfect as you could get it."
Jason said Peter's love of cricket came to be shared by Kerry and, in turn, him and his brothers.
Peter relished their involvement: "Whenever you had success, he was just so proud. He just loved it."
Dale McDonald enjoyed a 25-year association with Peter through junior, senior and representative cricket.
From their very first meeting, he was impressed by Peter's can-do attitude.
They shared so many great moments, from running state championships together to emu parades picking up rocks after top-dressing the fields at Kalka Shades.
The two stalwarts had a trophy named in their honour - the Wells McDonald Cup, which is presented to the winner of the annual Northside versus Southside T20 Big Bash.
Dale said it was hard to articulate just how much his "little mate" meant to him but offered this in a tribute he sent to the Wells family.
"Pete would always say after running something by me, 'What do you think, Dale?'
"Well Pete, I think you have lived and played a great innings, passed lots of personal and team milestones and achieved so very much without ever once giving a chance.
"Your innings is now ended, mate. Your fight is over but your memory lives on."
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral will be held at 3pm today but the service will be livestreamed. The Wells family has asked friends to "raise a" to Peter at 5.30pm.