Wally Wedgwood
Wedgwood Sports and Cycles

It can be difficult sometimes for business people to balance work, family and community involvement, but one of my favorite sayings is: If you want something done, ask a busy person."

Wally, 71, passed away on January 14, 2014 after a short illness. Wally Wedgwood commenced trading in Main Street, Mornington in 1960. They were the days when Main Street contained a mixture of shops and houses.

Only in his early 20s, Wally purchased a sporting goods store called Kingsbury's which later became Wedgwood's Sports and Cycles. Wedgwood's became a household name on the Peninsula as the main retailer of bicycles and other sporting goods. Many people who have grown up or raised their children on the Peninsula purchased a bicycle from Wally.

Wally lived on the Mornington Peninsula for most of his adult life and with his wife Sue raised three daughters - Jane, Anne and Sally. He had a very strong sense of community and supported the Peninsula community in a wide variety of ways.

He joined Rotary in the 1970s and had been a member of the Mornington and Mt Martha clubs, including a stint as president of the latter, and he held most office-bearing positions at the Mt Martha Club.

In addition to his volunteer work at Rotary, Wally served on the committees of local sporting clubs and charities supporting the disadvantaged. He was honoured with a life membership of the Mt Eliza Cricket Club.

Wedgwood Sports and Cycles had a long history of supporting community groups through the donation of bicycles and other sporting goods.

Wally was a recipient of Rotary's Paul Harris Award for his long service to the community.

His funeral in Mornington on 21st January was attended by more than 600 people which is a reflection of the high esteem in which the local community held Wally and his great service to the Peninsula.