In Loving Memory of

Randalstown Rugby Club president Derek Waddell congratulates Ivan Millar for winning the nearest the pin competition.

Derek Waddell

Randalstown RFC are today devastated and saddened to inform of the passing of former Player, Coach, President, Chairman, Treasurer, Bar Convenor and general Club Legend, Derek (Ducky) Waddell, after a short illness.  

Derek was a cornerstone of Randalstown RFC for the best part of six decades and it cannot be understated how much Derek dedicated himself to the Club that he loved and cherished through his long and illustrious tenure with RRFC. ‘Ducky’ as he was affectionately known was ever present at Neilsbrook and seldom missed anything to do with the Club and was involved in its development helping to grow the Club through many years of service to its current solid foundations financially, in rugby matters and in its status within the local community.

The Club passes their condolences to his beloved wife Margaret and the entire family circle at this incredibly difficult time and the Club aims to prepare a fitting tribute to Derek in the coming days in order to recognise his years of dedicated service and the legacy he left behind.

It is hard to think of the Club without Derek around, however we know that he will want the Club to continue to grow and remain the close family Club that he helped build over so many years. He will be sorely missed by everyone associated with our Club.

Current restrictions mean we cannot gather in the ways we wish to, but we hope this book allows people a chance to share their memories and pass on their condolences to the family 

Rest in Peace Derek

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David Tannahill

It was with great shock and sadness that I learnt today from Walker Rainey of the passing of Ducky Waddell. Ducky is the cousin of my mother Helen Tannahill and I only met him later in his life whilst he was travelling through South Africa on his way to watch the British Lions, and …


Gary, Sarah, Lily & Aimee Ritchie

Derek was a real one off. His kindness knew no bonderies and he did everything with a smile on his face. It was about a year ago he took me to my first ever Ireland match, little did we know that unfortunately it would be his last.  We have many great memories of Derek …


Trevor & Jackie Ritchie

Absolute gentleman forever our friend Derek you’ll never be forgotten our memories off you will last forever. xx ❤ …


Tommy McCann

RIP Ducky you will be sorely missed by all at the club. You were a  friend to all who encouraged everyone and knew just how far to take it when you were in a mischievous mood.  My condolences to Margaret and the rest of your family circle. …


Rab Fleck

Will not be the same going down the club and ducky not being there. Lots of great memories, usually after 5 or 6pm on a Saturday when most people had gone home and we would pull up chairs and chat for hours.  …


Selbert & Carole Rainey

I recall playing rugby with Derek in Dunmore park many years ago and he dislocated his shoulder. I reduced the shoulder almost immediately and Derek went back onto the front row of the scrum and played on. What a legend of a man and I’m proud to have known him as a friend. sincere …


Declan Small

Such sad news. So many great memories of Derek at the club and on tour.  He was a great encourager and will be sorely missed.  Condolences to the Waddell family and all at RRFC.  RIP Ducky …


Clare O’Neill

Derek and Margaret looked after our dog. Derek was the only person who could control our rather badly behaved cocker spaniel. I am just remembering him and smiling. He was so full of life and plans and fun. I wish I could hug Margaret and when I can, I will. Sending Margaret and the …


Gary Barlow LRFC

Saddened indeed to learn of Derek’s passing. Thoughts with his family, friends and all at RRFC. 🏉 …


Stacie Ritchie

Absolutely heartbroken I’ve lost my best friend he was always there for me no matter what, gone now but certainly will never be forgotten. Love Stacie xx …


Noel and Eileen McCullough

Condolences to Margaret and the entire Waddell family on the death of Derek. He will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him. RIP Derek. 🙏 …


Derek McCracken

I was very saddened to hear of Derek’s death.  My memories of Derek are good ones.  Often on a winter’s night on the training pitch, his coaching technique one of the best about.  Derek always spoke as he saw things when it came to training.  I can hear him yet pushing us another time. …


John Reid

Many memories and many stories of the man  who was the colour red in Randalstown RFC. Perhaps a fund-raising dinner at appropriate time in his honour would be an idea, at which I would love to tell a tour story about that got me in terrible trouble about his teeth. He will  be at every …


Danny Strutt

Deepest sympathy to the family, Ducky was one of life’s true gentlemen and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. …


Pj Butler

Very saddened to hear about Derek. We used to have good times within the adventure scouts then the rugby. Thoughts and prayers to all the family. PJ …


Stephen Smith Ballymena RFC

Very sorry to hear of Ducky’s passing, a unique character and an irreplaceable part of Randalstown RFC’s rich fabric. Condolences to his family and wider circle …


Eric McClean

Derek will be remembered for his zest for life and his unique qualities of loyalty and decency. His passing is a great loss to many and in particular Margaret and the wider family circle. Our condolences go to the whole Waddell family. Derek’s sudden departure will leave a big hole in the lives of …


David Anderson

Deepest condolences to Margaret and family. Derek will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. I have many happy memories of Ducky and they will alway put a smile on my face when I think of them. It was a honour to have known him. …


Vernon Thom (VET)

Truly saddened to hear of Ducky’s passing. Many fond memories and he was there for me on numerous occasions over the years, whether to offer advice, help me out, torture me or just sit and have a bit of craic over a rusty nail (not my choice!) We were kindred spirits in that we …


Patricia Logan,

I have many happy memories of Ducky,  Randalstown Rugby and Hockey were lucky to have a great member who worked hard and entertained hard, all who met him have great memories. My thoughts are with Margaret and family     …


Dickie and Jayne Collins

It was a privilege to have known you as a friend .We had many good times and lots of laughs together. You will be sadly missed. Condolences to Margaret and the family circle   R I P …


Simon McCullough

I was saddened to hear the news that Derek had passed away. I didn’t realise Derek also went to the Rainey where I also fell in love with rugby union. Small towns need people like Derek and he gave his all to the community of Randalstown. All my love to Margaret and the rest …



Condolances to Margaret and Family members. Such a loss. We will miss him.  We were priviledged to know Derek and honoured to call him our friend. Derek was generous, always with a smile and a mischievous quip. He viewed the world through a positive lens and that is always something I’ll remember and try …


Ken Craig

I have so many happy memories of times spent with Derek. He was a unique and incredible man , a true legend. Condolences to Margaret and family members and RRFC. He will be missed by everyone but forgotten by no one.  …


Simon Adams

RIP Ducky. He was Randalstown through and through and has a prominent figure at the club since I joined 13 years ago. The club won’t be the same without him.  …