We Remember ... Heroes of the Faith at St. Michael's - Bert Wheeler
2 March 1920 – 20 December 2007
Bert Wheeler was born and lived almost his entire life in Chiswick, where he and Eileen were married in 1947 and where their 3 children, John, Gillian and Ralph were raised. Bert and Eileen met at a regatta; Bert was an enthusiastic oarsman and rowed for the Thames Tradesman’s Rowing Club. All three children were members of the St. Michael’s Choir, two of them were married at St. Michael’s and Eileen ran the Brownie pack.
Bert was a professional scientific instrument maker, working in a variety of hospitals, including Hammersmith Hospital. He and Eileen moved from Chiswick to Southwold in Suffolk after he retired in 1999, but they both retained memories of their ‘happy times at St Michael’s’. Bert died on 20 December 2007, eight years to the day after they moved to Southwold.
Bert served St Michael’s in a number of ways – as a member of the Parochial Church Council; as a Sidesman and as Churchwarden for 5 years from 1992-1997.