" Cliff Whitworth sadly passed away recently after a gallant struggle with oesophageal cancer. You might recall that Cliff "the Riff" was a member of Harmonica West and in the early stages of harmonica mastery but really enjoyed contact with fellow Harmonica West members and the events hosted by the club.
Cliff joined a local band called the Johnnies (now called 'Get Back') about four years ago as he began his journey with the harp. The highlight of the gigs the Johnnies performed was the annual Relay for Life Cancer Council event at Challenge Stadium. The band are again playing this gig in May which will be a tribute to Cliff.
Cliff also played harp for some original music that was recorded in 2013 ( just after his diagnosis) with Russell "Rusty" Coleman as part of Rusty and the Cavaliers band.
Cliff was a highly successful businessman being CEO of an Australia wide tool company after starting out in life as a qualified electrician and keen surfer from Geraldton. His 30th wedding anniversary was in April to his wife Brownyn. He has two adult children.
Over recent years, Cliff became increasingly interested in blues harp playing and found much enjoyment in his musical adventures including his association with Harmonica West.
All the very best to Harmonica West supporting blues harp players and local music.
Local music and the arts are important enriching and engaging experiences that strengthen communities. "
Thanks to Russell ' Rusty' Coleman ( from the Cavaliers ) for this obituary sent to Harmonica West at the request of Cliff.
Thanks to Suzanne Coleman for the photograph of Cliff on stage..
Cliff Whitworth was a humble and likeable person who was enthusiastic about our fledgling club.
As we say goodbye to Cliff we can reflect on the social value our club offers to harmonica enthusiasts.
Gary Collinson on behalf of Harmonica West - The Harmonica Club of Western Australia.