Mortlake mourns its ‘unofficial mayor’

Harry Stanbury 070425AM18 2HARRY STANBURY 1923 – 2009MORTLAKE has lost one of its leading community and sports leaders.Former president of the town’s football club, cricket club and racecourse committee, Harry Stanbury died last week aged 85 after a short illness.Born the son of Mortlake farmer Edgar Stanbury and his wife in February 1923, Mr Stanbury was considered the “unofficial mayor” of Mortlake through his work with the town’s sporting clubs as well as local branches of Legacy and the RSL.Like many of his generation, Mr Stanbury enlisted in the armed forces during World War II, serving in New Guinea for two years.Mr Stanbury told The Standard in 2007 that the opportunity of adventure and the chance to follow in the footsteps of his father, a WWI veteran, inspired him to serve his country “We were all frightened though we probably didn’t admit that. But we had to stay together. If one was in trouble then we were all in trouble,” he said at the time,” Mr Stanbury said at the time.Former Mortlake Football Club player Jim Bell said Mr Stanbury was a guiding force behind the club’s golden era of the 1960s.”Harry was president during the time I played and his dedication to Mortlake Football Club was legendary,” he said. “He was on every bus trip that we took to away games and he never missed an opportunity to get the whole team singing. “He was a real character.” Former Mortlake Racing Club president Geoff McDonald said Mr Stanbury’s dedication to voluntary work around the town never wavered.”He wasn’t a keen racing man, but his house was in close proximity to the racecourse and he never missed an opportunity to help out in some way,” he said.”Anyone that has lived in the area over the past 50 years would agree – if there was anyone who would take the title as the unofficial mayor of Mortlake, it would be Harry Stanbury.”Mr Stanbury is survived by his wife Audrey, daughter Louise and three grandsons. His funeral will be held today in Merimbula.
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