My great mate and champion sportsman passed away peacefully at 12.27 on the 4th of April 2014 in the presence of his wife, Val and daughter Prue.
Hugely talented, this lovable larrikin succumbed to an illness even his indomitable spirit could not overcome.
Born in Sydney, Peter excelled at every sport in which he participated from ambidextrous Tennis where he played both right and left handed (no backhand) and was destined for a great future to Rugby Union where he represented Australia to Rugby League, which he never played, but was offered a tidy sum to play in England to Bowls where he won every Title imaginable in Australia, played Commonwealth Games, World Bowls and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.
His love of life and great generosity of spirit endeared him to many.
He will be sorely missed.
Mo and I extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Val, Kim, Prue, Andrew, Tim, Nick and other members of Peter's family.
Vale: Peter Rheuben
Bowls Australia is saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Rheuben the nation’s 53rd capped international representative.
During an illustrious career, Peter, 83, wore the green and gold for Australia at the 1974 and 1982 Commonwealth Games, 1981 and 1984 World Bowls Championships, and the 1981, 1984 and 1986 Trans Tasman test series.
International highlights for Peter include a gold medal in the pairs at the 1980 World Bowls Championships and a bronze medal in the pairs at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
Peter was a tremendous New South Wales representative, playing 386 games for his state and holding the record for most tests played.
He claimed the 1972 State Singles title along with the two NSW Champion of Champions crowns in 1971 and 1993.
Peter was inducted into the RNSWBA Hall of Fame in 2007, and was bestowed with the honour of induction at Bowls Australia’s inaugural Hall of Fame in 2011.
Bowls Australia wishes to extend its condolences to the Rheuben family.