Stalwart Choir Member, Harry Pender.
Friday 20th March, 2020 - 10:18pm
The choir were saddened to learn of the passing of our very much beloved friend and baritone, Harry Pender in the early hours of Tuesday 17th March after a long illness.
Harry first joined Mousehole Male Voice Choir as a teenager in 1946 but left when called up for his National Service, which he spent in the army. After being de-mobbed, with the rank of Sergeant, he worked locally as a motor engineer and businessman before forming the partnership of Blewett and Pender, Motor Cycle Engineers, in Albert Street, Penzance.
Harry re-joined the choir in 1985 and the following year was one of the original members of The Cornwall Male Choir formed to tour the U.S.A. That choir continued for another 20 years, superseded by The Kernow Male Choir and The Trelawny Male Choir. Harry sang with all these choirs visiting The USA. and Canada on several occasions plus Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and parts of Europe.
Harry was constantly working behind the scenes for Mousehole MVC. He had been
the choir’s music librarian for many years; he also took charge of CD sales and organised the Methodist school room ready for choir practice. He was always one of the first to arrive and the last to leave, such was his dedication. Choir Musical Director Steve Lawry, said of Harry, “His personality shone in everything he did, and his sense of fun and mischievous smile will live long in the memory. There can never have been a more conscientious librarian either. Not only on the ball with all the music ready at each practice, but if I ever asked on a Monday night what copies were available when planning a new programme I would have a list by the end of the next morning! Then there are all the ladies who were persuaded by his charm to run the CD stall at concerts, who will also miss his warmth and appreciation.” He did not mind being the subject of a bit of fun with the members but was highly respected by everyone. He will be sadly missed. When looking at the comments made about Harry on the choir’s Facebook page, what comes out time and time again was that he was full of kindness, full of fun, a gentleman and a great ambassador for the choir.
A light has gone out within the choir with his happiness and laughter gone from us. Harry you were an absolute legend and the choir are poorer without you. Rest in peace, dear friend and enjoying singing your heart out with the choirs of angels.