Peters family are requesting for there to be family flowers only but should you wish to make a donation in memory of Peter, then this can be made to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, which was Peter's chosen charity since his wife Margaret passed away. Donations can be made online using a credit or debit card at www.chss.org.uk/inmemory or by sending a cheque to Anne Smith, Tribute Giving Manager, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, Roseberry House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5EZ. Please quote the Margaret & Peter Baines Tribute Fund.
Alternatively you will soon be able to make donations via the undertaker's website, it is in the process of being set up.
Simply visit www.drobinson.co.uk/funeral-offices/braintree click on 'Other Services' to get to the 'In Memory donations page'.
Peters niece Jean has asked us to thank everyone who has sent wishes and wrote the following to us:-
'We have been overwhelmed by the heartfelt tributes for uncle Peter that we have received from his many friends and colleagues. We have found people to be so kind and caring towards him. I have sent flowers to the two ladies who tried to assist him on the day he died - I'm sure there would be those who would have chosen to ignore the fact that he was in distress. Uncle Peter is now down with us in Essex - he actually arrived back here last Thursday, a day before Bill and I came home from our extremely emotional and exhausting sorting of the house and as much of his affairs as we could possibly manage. He is in the care of the undertaker's who have been so helpful and kind and are treating him with the very greatest respect that he deserves'.
Once Peters cremation has taken place his niece states that Peter asked her a long time ago to promise him that when the time
came she would take his ashes to the Savernake forest in Wiltshire and
scatter them around the same tree where auntie Margaret's ashes were
scattered, and this she will do in the New Year.
We are sure that many of the wrestling fraternity will wish to pay their final respects to Peter and that he will get the good send off that his glittering career deserves.
We are saddened to hear that European catch wrestling has lost one of its most outstanding personalities.
The "Wrestling Pope" Peter William passed away on Tuesday 11th December 2018 in his home country lienz (Austria).
Peter William was responsible for the success of catch wrestling in the German-speaking area as a kamp ladder, and was also a hugely successful Promoter, director and television announcer for decades.
Peter was a legend in every sense of the word, he was a true gentleman and will be missed by everyone who knew and respected him for his decades in the wrestling industry.
We send our condolences to Peters family and friends at this sad time and may he now RIP.
Giant Haystacks was born Martin Ruane in London to Irish parents. Once leaving school, the larger than life lad took some early jobs as a builder and inevitably a bouncer before finding his true calling of Professional Wrestling in 1967.
Ruane initially started wrestling for independent promoters using the ring name of Luke McMasters (who many thought was his real name) later changing this to Haystacks Calhoun (after the American wrestler of the same name) finally settling on the name of Giant Haystacks.
In 1975 Haystacks joined the well established Joint Promotions where he was immediately put into a tag team with Big Daddy. The team had a two year run but eventually it was decided that they would be disbanded and Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy started what was to become one of the biggest feuds in British wrestling history lasting from 1977 until Big Daddys retirement in 1993. During its time on ITV, wrestling attracted an average of around 10 million viewers weekly and Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks matches (usually in tag team action) always got huge viewing figures making Giant Haystacks a household name across the globe. His sheer girth at 6'11 tall and weighing in at a mammoth 49 stones at his heaviest made him one of the most popular fixtures on television.
Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s Haystacks was a frequent visitor abroad and had successful tours of America, Canada and was a regular competitor at the German and Austrian tournaments where, in 1982 he was declared the overall winner of the Graz tournament.
Such was his impact at the time, fans of 'stacks' as he was affectionately known in the Business, included Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and singing star Frank Sinatra who said after meeting Haystacks said that "British Wrestlers are the best entertainers in the world". Giant Haystacks was also offered various television roles from adverts (Skips Crisps), appearing on the childrens television show Tiswas and a television play entitled Send in the Girls (written by former wrestler Leon Arras/Brian Glover.)
In 1995 Haystacks was approached by WCW in the USA where he appeared as "Loch Ness" and where he was scheduled to do battle with the American legend Hulk Hogan, unfortunately the match never took place as shortly after his debut for WCW the Giant was diagnosed with Cancer and had to retire from the ring.
bravely fought the disease for over two years, at one point sure that
he had beaten the scurge, having trimmed his weight to just 26 stone,
before sadly dying aged just 52 on Sunday 29th November 1998.
Giant Haystacks will always be fondly remembered by the fans and his fellow workers as a quiet man with a dry sense of humour, a true legend who will never be forgotten.
On the 20th anniversary of his untimely passing the British Wrestlers Reunion remember this giant of the wrestling ring in more ways than one.