Vale Keith Wruck
Tributes paid to "father of our club" - Keith Wruck
KEITH Wruck, the “father” of Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) Football Club, has died aged 92.
Mr Wruck, who owned a 33-acre farm in Albany Creek, was a key figure in the club’s formation in 1963 and the next two decades.
He was also on the P&C of Albany Creek State School, in the auxillary firebrigade and Albany Creek Citizen of the Year in the late 1970s. Albany Creek shopping centre and tavern now stand on the land he farmed and the joining road, Wruck Crescent, is named after him.
Mr Wruck moved to the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the late 1980s and then Caloundra. He passed away at an aged care home in Beerwah on Saturday, May 6.
As a mark of respect a minute’s silence will be held at Wolter Park at 3.30pm on Saturday (May 13) before the ACE senior men’s game against Souths.
Mr Wruck tended those same grounds for 20 years using his farm tractor to prepare the field for training and matches.
His four sons all played for ACE - three were in the very first team in 1964 - and the front paddock of his farm was used for evening training under a single light.
Mr Wruck was on the committee for more than two decades in a variety of roles, including president 1965-68.
He was the club’s first life member, cut the cake when the clubhouse first opened in 1988 (pictured below) and attended the 50th anniversary dinner in 2013 cutting the cake surrounded by the club's other presidents (main picture).
“Dad was the father of the club,” said one of his sons Robert, “he was also president of Albany Creek Sports Club, which included soccer, netball and baseball for 10 years.”
Sheila Archer, wife of the late Gerry Archer, who co-founded ACE with Terry Smith, said: “From the moment Keith joined he was instrumental in everything the club did. He was one of nature’s gentlemen.”
Mr Wruck is survived by his children Diane, Kevin, Robert, Barry and Randal and 11 grandchildren.
Mr Wruck’s funeral will be held at Gregson & Weight Chapel, 5 Gregson Place, Caloundra tomorrow (Friday) at 11am.