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Vale John (Wheels) Williams

…. remembered by only a few these days.

Andy C said he was doing ok, spending a lot of time sitting in a chair remembering each of the thousands of waves he caught. Mate of Cochran, Magoo, Bennett, Mayes, Dillon, Ross  … these blokes travelled everywhere, rode everything and we looked up to them.

Rightfully so.

Mayes, Magoo and Dillon in Hawaii .. proof that dropping in was fun.


Bennett, Wheels, de Ruiter – proof that going for the lobster is a legitimate move.


Mike Bennett, France .. proof that being called a kook doesn't mean you are one

Mike Bennett, France .. proof that being called a kook doesn’t mean you are one

Wheels died yesterday

To all John’s friends,

John passed peacefully in a care home yesterday. His wife and son, Janice and Keone, sister law Jan, Andy, Pam and I were with him at the time.

I really know how much all of you cared for John, what a great mate we had in our lives! Now he will live on with us thru our memories and stories of all the fun times we had together. There will be a service at the Outrigger C C, when I don’t know, I’ll stay in touch. 

Mike Bennett

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mike Bennett #

    Lots of great memories Pete, and hopefully a few more to come. Andy and I will tell Wheels a lot of guys are thinking of him and wishing him and his family their very best.

    July 16, 2018
  2. Adrian Bennett #

    I remember those days on the North I took that lobster/fish photo. We used to have lobster for all our meals. … sick of it..hahahheehaw. Wheels a kind and generous soul. Always encouraged me with my tennis…and cooking too..more heehaw. Wonderful memories..thanks Wheels. I hope all the good memories he helped us make are what are in his thoughts now.

    July 16, 2018
  3. Caught up with Wheels in May at his home together with AC. He’s 82 this year and spends most days sitting on his bed watching tennis on TV. Can’t remember much but still has that cheeky grin.

    July 16, 2018
  4. Terry Jenkings #

    They provided a foundation stone upon which Bondi’s surfing heritage proudly sits today. They have been rightfully and respectfully remembered in a now completed 2 hour TV documentary called ” BONDI FOREVER” which will be broadcast internationally via National Geographic in the next month or two.
    A lot is owed to those free spirited sons of Bondi who set up the original South Bondi Surf Board Riders Club .
    Don’t worry Pete, a Surfing Museum in the Pavilion will ensure they aren’t forgotten .

    July 16, 2018
  5. Henry #

    wheels is rememembered with awe and effect ion in the UK, a full on legend !

    July 18, 2018
  6. Henry. …. out with it, spin us a yarn.

    July 18, 2018
  7. Mike Bennett #

    Henry, who are ya? I agree, tell us a story! Hey, anybody out there on the island of Jersey? We had a great week there and the Jersey boys in the surf club sure did the right thing by us.

    July 18, 2018
  8. Rick de Ruiter #

    Wheels was like a big brother to me. We lived together in Hawaii, on the north shore, and in town. We surfed together, we played tennis together, we dived together, and we had lots of good times together. Although I am far away, my heart is with him, and all the great times we had . ALOHA old mate…….( OLD SURFERS DON’T DIE, THEY JUST FADE LEFT )

    August 3, 2018
  9. Mike Bennett #

    He’s gone now but not forgotten. Last Friday after his “Celebration of life” we paddled out in Outrigger canoes to Old Mans surf spot off Diamond Head. We spread his ashes amongst flowers into the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. One day I’ll join him there. Aloha, John Wheels Williams.

    September 3, 2018
  10. Surfed Sunset with ‘Wheels’ days, and waited tables at Kuilima at night. True gentleman of the sea, will be missed by many.

    December 15, 2018

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