Wili­iam Mont­gomery Har­land

April 24 1957 - May 10 2013

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

DOU­GLAS has lost a shin­ing gem, with the pass­ing of the jovial and vi­brant ‘‘Wicked Wil­lie’’.

Wil­liam Mont­gomery Har­land died sud­denly last Fri­day af­ter suf­fer­ing a mas­sive stroke, sur­vived by his part­ner Tracey, beloved son Alex, mother Brenda, sis­ter June, broth­ers John and Richard.

He will be re­mem­bered by many as Wicked Wil­lie who cre­ated beau­ti­ful jewellery, and by many more as a gen­er­ous friend.

Orig­i­nally from Scot­land, Wil­lie met his part­ner Tracey in the Caribbean and they trav­elled the world to­gether, one is­land at a time, un­til they ar­rived in Aus­tralia and slowly made their way up the east coast.

They opened their first jewellery shop at the Cairns night mar­ket, moved north to Smith­field be­fore find­ing home in Port Dou­glas and open­ing Wicked Wil­lies Jewellery Shop.

Wil­lie’s neigh­bour and good friend Owen Ives de­scribed Wil­lie as the ‘‘nicest fella you will ever meet’’, who loved his fam­ily dearly.

‘‘He was a re­ally good fa­ther for Alex, he thought the world of him, they were best friends and did ev­ery­thing to­gether,’’ he said.

‘‘He would do any­thing for him and Tracey.

‘‘Wil­lie was also a very kind, very gen­er­ous and very loyal friend, he has left a big hole in all our lives.’’

One of his best friends of 14 years Clancy Grigg said Wil­lie gave off a re­ally pos­i­tive en­ergy.

‘‘He had this abil­ity to lis­ten to you, em­brace you if you needed, en­cour­ag­ing you with what­ever de­ci­sion you made and if he didn’t think it was a good one ad­vise you,’’ he said.

‘‘Wil­lie made you feel like you were a spe­cial per­son.’’

Clancy de­scribed his friend as a ‘‘beau­ti­ful scoundrel’’ who will be dearly missed.

‘‘ He shall be re­mem­bered no doubt, al­though he did of­ten try to make us for­get by ply­ing us with whisky,’’ he said.

‘‘He had a love for sin­gle malt scotch, a taste for the good stuff - it was al­ways an hon­our to have a drink with Wil­lie.’’

A cel­e­bra­tion of Wil­lie’s life will be held at the Sugar Wharf fore­shore to­day from 3pm. Friends are en­cour­aged to wear bright cloth­ing.

SORELY MISSED: a cel­e­bra­tion of Wil­lie Har­land’s (pic­tured with part­ner Tracey) life will be held to­day

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