Wollongong lost another musical legend this week when former Wanderers drummer Harry Butler passed away succumbing to cancer.
Having already played with The Ghostriders and The City Five, Harry joined The Wanderers in 1964 and remained with the band for five years. After a period of non-activity, Harry picked up his joined up again with fellow Wanderer Wally Buczma and formed the Good Old Boys.
In a time when local musicians could earn a living from their trade, Harry applied himself, playing four to fives times a week at venues such as Crown Hotel, Illawarra Leagues Club, Shellharbour Workers Club, Cabbage Tree Hotel, as well as picking up the occasional gig in Sydney.
In later years Harry played in Whiplash where they took out the inaugural Gong Award in 1986.
I had the honour of meeting Harry only recently, and I will cherish the hour we spent sitting in his loungeroom as he recalled his heyday with a cheeky grin and a glint in his eye.
Harry passed away quietly on Wednesday 22 August surrounded by family.
Funeral details: Hansen & Cole, Kembla Grange, Wednesday 29 August 2pm.