Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)
The following obituary was extracted from the Club's 2016-17 annual report.
Harry was born 1923 in humble circumstances, left school early and became a fitter and turner. He later specialised in the heat treatment of metal and understandably metallurgy was his passion. He set up his own steel heat treatment company in 1955.
He met his wife June on a blind date at a dance.
Amongst his other interests he was very keen amateur builder and squash player. He built the Moorabbin Squash Centre and had a squash court at home.
Harry joined Mercantile 1945 at same time as Thrasher Richardson and raced in many post war crews. He loved his time at the Club and was a frequent visitor to the Club throughout his life. He was proud of his assistance of the Oarsome Foursome back in 1992 in their early stages of success.
A generous and thoughtful person who was a Meres man to the core.
Known racing record
1945 - First race in a novice four, albeit unsuccessfully
1945-48 - many unsuccessful races in maiden fours and eights.
1948 - Melbourne Regatta, Maiden Eight, two seat - First