Harry Warner

Harry Warner died on the evening of January 17 with his beloved wife Esme by his side.

During his prolonged and sometimes painful illness, Harry and Esme fought a tenacious battle to keep him with us, but now he finally rests in the peaceful arms of the Lord.

A service was held in the church at Monte da Palhagueira on Friday, January 22, where friends came together in an attempt to comfort Esme who was inconsolable in her grief.

It would have been the 62nd anniversary of their life together on that day.

Harry came to the Algarve with his wife to open the now famous Sir Harry’s Bar in the main square of Albufeira, where I met them first in 1963.

The bar soon became the most popular place around and filled with many famous and colourful characters that all found a haven in the then barely known fishing village in Portugal.

Over his long life of 88 years, Harry did much to foster good relations between the local Portuguese and the growing ex-pat community.

No charity was refused his help and he raised large sums of money for many.

The work that he and Esme did for Riding for the Disabled will live on through the many who benefited.

The list of Harry’s achievements is a long one but the list of his friends even longer.

Harry may not have been a real knight of the realm but he certainly deserved to be and he will be sorely missed.

Jenny Grainer