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Mr Albert (Bert) Wheeler passed away peacefully at home on May 3, 2019, aged 85.
Born in Leith, Scotland, Mr Wheeler had a long association with the National Coal Board, later British Coal. Married in 1958, he brought his young family to North Derbyshire in 1965 to become Deputy Manager at Williamthorpe Colliery, and went on to be Manager of High Moor, Westthorpe, and the combined Williamthorpe/Grassmoor Collieries. After a successful career in the North Derbyshire area, ending as Deputy Director (Mining), in 1980 Mr Wheeler was appointed Director of Scottish Area, returning to England in 1985 as Director of Nottinghamshire Area. In 1988, he became Director of Group Operations, and in 1991 was appointed to the Board of British Coal, becoming Deputy Chairman in 1992. Mr Wheeler retired from British Coal in June 1995, at which time he became Chairman of Mines Rescue Service Ltd. In recognition of services to mining, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1991.
A lifelong supporter of Glasgow Rangers and a loyal supporter of the Scotland Rugby Team, Mr Wheeler took a great interest in the sporting life of his sons and grandsons. Widely travelled, after retirement Mr and Mrs Wheeler enjoyed long hoidays in Florida, Lanzarote and Spain, where he loved to walk for miles in the sun. The couple celebrated their Diamond Wedding in February 2018.
Highly regarded in both his professional and personal life, he will be greatly missed by Eileen, his wife of 61 years, their son and two daughters, and their eight grandchildren. Their younger son predeceased him in 2017.
The funeral service takes place on Tuesday May 21, Chesterfield Crematorium, at 2.30pm.
Funeral directors: B. Hattersley & Sons Ltd, 211 Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield (01246 232820).
Published in Derbyshire Times on May 16, 2019
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