Reverend Doctor Andrew Wakefield (OK 1973)


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Andrew Wakefield. Andrew died suddenly on 26th October, it is thought from a heart attack.

Andrew was vicar of St Andrew’s, Wimbledon, and was a well-known figure leading the Remembrance Day services outside Morden Civic Centre. He played a huge and very active role in the community. He was chairman of the Merton Chamber of Commerce and the Safer Neighbourhood Board, and was actively involved in the police’s independent advisory body and the Merton Faith and Belief Forum. A passionate advocate of inclusion and social cohesion, Andrew worked closely with all the faith communities in the borough. He was recently made an honorary Doctor of Divinity for his 30 years of service to the Merton community. Friends will also recall his fervent support for Crystal Palace FC and Surrey cricket.

The funeral will be held at 11am on Tuesday 15 November at St Andrew’s Church, Herbert Road, Wimbledon, SW19 3SH. Andrew’s executors have asked people not to get flowers but would, instead, welcome donations in memory of Andrew to Faith in Action Merton Homelessness Project ( ). Gift aid envelopes will be available at the church and can be put in the collection plate, or you can donate online at

OK Ted Finch paid the following tribute:

"So many memories of sunny days watching cricket, and freezing nights watching football. Andrew, you will be sorely missed by your friends both at the Oval and within the South London football family"

If you have memories of Andrew that you would like to share, please send them to for inclusion on this page and the December issue of the KGS Friends Newsletter.