SAINTS are sad to report that Harry Wellens passed away at the age of 86 on Monday March 27.
Harry served Saints for 30 years from the late seventies as a scout and was instrumental in referring many well-known players to the club over that period.
Harry leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Julie and their six children who include former Saints great Paul Wellens.
He was raised in the Parr area of St Helens where he always had a keen interest in playing sport.
His first love was always rugby league and he made appearances for Saints B and Liverpool City before his rugby league career was cut short in his early twenties following a serious knee injury.
Harry became a familiar figure on the touchline of most rugby clubs in the town over his lifetime watching with interest for the next Neil Holding or Paul Loughlin to emerge. Harry worked mainly for St Helens Council as a Painter and Decorator then latterly as a Pay and Bonus Supervisor before retiring in his mid-sixties.
He was also a frequent visitor to Greenalls Club Alder Hey Road with his family and close circle of friends. The topic of conversation was usually “The Saints” and if there was time left other sports and the days current affairs would get some attention. He was also known for his dry sense of humour. As his health deteriorated Harry’s appearances at Greenalls became less and less.
A family spokesperson said: “Dad finally passed away on Monday morning with family at his side.
“We are immensely proud of him and the many messages we have received since are a clear indication of how highly he was regarded in the town.”
Our thoughts are with the Wellens’ family at this time.