Harold Perry / 2016 Hall of Fame

Harold Perry grew up in Ardoch - where many Perry family members can be found.  As a teenager, Harold's mother worked at a resort in the Fernleigh area. She met a chap from Toronto that promised her work as a seamstress in Toronto throughout the winter months. This prompted a move to the city with Harold continuing school in Toronto.

Unlike many fellows his age, Harold in his spare time 'hung around' music stores instead of arcades because of his love for music.  One day, a young lad in his early 20s came into the music store that Harold was frequenting,  picked up a guitar and started playing. Harold was awe struck with the lad's skill. The lad asked Harold 'do you have a guitar?'  Harold replied yes. 'Would you like to play like this?' said the lad.  Of course, Harold said 'yes' and a relationship developed between the two. The first lessons started in Harold's home with breakfast supplied as payment since the lad didn't have much money.

Harold was an astute student. He needed to know how everything worked in life so he studied the guitar teacher's technique in detail.  The teacher and student got along well.  The young teacher (Dave Steele) turned out to be the lead guitarist for the Jimmy Dean Orchestra who at that particular weekend was traveling through Toronto. Dave said during the group's next visit to Toronto, he would look Harold up to see how his lesson was going. Sure enough, the teacher and student got together several times and continued with lessons. Dave was always broke and bartered lessons in exchange for cab-fare or cigarettes. This relationship formed the beginnings of Harold's guitar playing style and proficiency.

After Harold returned to the Ardoch area he realized he didn't really want to be a musician because they never had any money. He wanted a more productive way of life so he became a carpenter. He studied in the local library so he could write the electrician's test and eventually got his electrician's certification so he could not only build houses but wire them too.  Carpentry and electrical work formed the basis for his livelihood.

Harold's home was the local 'hangout' for youths. It was the fun place to be.  Harold taught Jiu Jitsu and music.  If young lads were missing in the Ardoch area they were likely to be found at Harold's place having instruction or just plain having fun.

Harold did occasionally play with the Neil Perry Orchestra in Plevna and taught numerous youths in the Ardoch-Fernleigh-Plevna area to play the guitar (including Murray White who is an excellent guitarist himself).

A Rickenbacker guitar is Harold's prize possession - one of the true classic guitars.

Bio dictated by Bob Taylor