Team Socceroo manager, Wool Reyes, dies at 34
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine football has lost one of its most passionate campaigners as Team Socceroo manager, Wool Reyes (34), passed away on Monday night, March 18, due to cardiac arrest after a bout with brain aneurysm.
Wool was rushed to the hospital by his younger brother Mike Reyes, on March 12, Tuesday, after finding him on the pavement in one of the establishments in Taguig City having no pulse, no breathing and no heartbeat.
Medical findings revealed that he suffered from cardiac arrest aside from having bleeding in the brain although doctors, upon examining him the day he was brought to the hospital, were not able to point out the main reason of his situation.
"Surgeons could not give treatment because they could not find aneurysm because of the blood inside the brain, we now wait for 1-2 weeks...then the surgeons can give him his treatment," Wool's older sister, Cotton Reyes, said in a journal entry in a site dedicated to him.
Wool then suffered his 3rd cardiac arrest on Friday, March 15, before showing consecutive complications in his kidney and lungs prior to his eventual death on Monday night.
A veteran footballer and a passionate believer of the beautiful game, Wool Reyes was the manager of second division leader, Team Socceroo FC, where both his younger brothers, Mike and Paulus, are currently playing.
Born as Jose Gaudencio Reyes, Wool is the 4th of 9 children, and had taken the role of the head of the family at the young age of 23 after his father died.
Wool showed early signs of football promise at the tender age of 7, joining football camps within and outside the country. Some of the camps and tournaments he attended abroad included the Helsinki Cup and Gothia Cup in Europe as well as camps in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
He is an alumnus of the PAREF Southridge School and the University of Asia and the Pacific's (UA&P) Industrial Economics Program where he became an integral part of the school's soccer and futsal program.
Wool firmly believed in the development of Philippine football through supporting the youth - grassroots level. Currently, Team Socceroo Academy hosts weekend football camps for kids of all ages. Due to this advocacy, he was also able strike a deal with the world-famous FC Barcelona Escola to set up a football camp here in the Philippines in April.
Family, friends and colleague in the football community all shared their sentiments and condolences on the passing of Wool.
UFL President Santi Araneta, along with several others from the football world, expressed the sadness of the passing of such a great man and pillar of Philippine football.
So sad to hear about the passing of Wool Reyes. His passion for Phil football was an inspiration. My prayers go out to his friends & family.— Santi Araneta (@santiaraneta) March 18, 2013
We are deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Team Socceroo's Wool Reyes. Our prayers are with his family. Rest in peace, Wool.— Azkals (@PHI_Azkals) March 18, 2013
I'm sure the first thing you will be doing is to seek the football greats, and organize a game. Last goal wins WOOL! Our game continues!— ernie nierras (@foottiecrazy) March 18, 2013
My bro @woolreyes5 is now in a place where i am hoping d angels can keep up with his lovable antics and infectuous energy and zest for life.— paolo bediones (@paolobediones) March 18, 2013
Never knew Wool Reyes, but my prayers and thoughts are with his family.— OJ Porteria™ (@MrPorteria) March 18, 2013
RIP Wool.. Philippine Football will miss you bro! @teamsocceroo— Aly Borromeo (@alybor11) March 18, 2013
Rest in peace, Mr. Wool Reyes. @teamsocceroo— Team FTW (@FTWSports) March 18, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of @teamsocceroo manager Wool Reyes, who passed away today.— Usapang Football (@usapangfootball) March 18, 2013
Please say a prayer for a UFL family member who had just passed away. Team manager Wool Reyes of Team Socceroo FC... fb.me/MkH1B3Q4— UFLphilippines (@UFLphilippines) March 18, 2013
Friends from his alma mater, UA&P, also expressed their condolences:
#FullHeartsForWool always. ❤— Alissa Martinez (@AlissaMartinez) March 18, 2013
Praying for a man I have just met once. Thank you for letting me borrow your bike when I really wanted to ride it! #RIPWoolReyes— Grayson Yañez (@graygogo) March 18, 2013
Let us all pray with full hearts for Wool Reyes and the Reyes family. :( #PlenusPectus— Ferry Chavez (@ferrychavez) March 18, 2013
God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. Prayers for Wool and the Reyes Family. :(— inacaps (@inacaps) March 18, 2013
Wool will surely be missed not just by the football community but also by his friends and family, whom he all passionately loved with 'clear eyes and full hearts'. Rest in peace, brother. - Rappler.com