For the seven years preceding his mayoralty Mr. Waddel was a City Councillor.
He was a self-denying man, and took a great interest in municipal affairs.
Mr. Waddel carried on business for many years as a baker in Hobson Street.
As well as opening the cemetery Bridge during his mayoralty Waddel laid the foundation stone of the Auckland Public Library.
He resigned in 1886 and died two years later.
“The funeral of the late Mr. W. R. Waddel took place yesterday, and was witnessed by thousands of people. The deceased was interred with full military honours, he having been a captain in the City Guards and a number of Oddfellows and Freemasons were also present.”
(Evening Post, 12 June 1888)
He is buried in the Waddel family plot in the Weslyan section of the Symonds Street Cemetery facing the street.