WPCA pays tribute to Pat Wessels

NEWLANDS – It is with sadness that the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) learned of the passing of the legendary Patrick Lionel Wessels.

It is sad news that we have to give that “Uncle Pat” passed away this morning.

Wessels was a long serving member of WP Local League. He served for more than 30 years on this very important committee selflessly and always looking after the clubs that he represented. He would go out of his way to try and resolve dispute or issues his clubs had.

Dr De Vries Basson – current WPCA Vice President and Convenor of Local League from 2007 until 2019 recalls: “When I was elected as Convenor – Uncle Pat and the late Stan Fish both were people that I often used to get advice about difficult cases or situations,” he said.

“Uncle Pat was always contiguous and diligent and passionate about the game. I recall several LLC Inquiries where Uncle Pat with his wisdom helped to resolve issues or to give objective guidance on these matters. I recall where we meet two clubs about incidents that happened and help the two clubs to resolve the issue in good spirit and also to restore relationships and respect for each other.”

He lived for cricket and was important member of Kuils River Cricket Club where he served on the EXCO also for decades.

He was really a stalwart of WP Club Cricket and a gentleman. He would always check in on other members and was always friendly.

“Uncle Pat also served on the WP Cricket Committee, WP Club Cricket Committee and Northern Cricket Forum. He had a stroke in 2023 that he recovered very well from and was soon back on duty at LLC”, Basson continued.

“It is really sad to lose another “Cedar Tree“ that has fallen. You deserve the rest – “Uncle Pat for all the selfless years that you gave towards this Beautiful Game. Rest in Peace.”

Adv Norman Arendse, WPCA Life Member added, “I would like to convey heartfelt condolences to Pat’s family, the Kuils River CC, and close friends. He was a stalwart cricket administrator, completely dedicated and selfless in his service to his club, and the Kuils River community,” he said.

“His role in the non-racial struggle and cementing unity will always be remembered. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”