Tributes paid to Harry Wellens

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Harry Wellens, the former rugby league scout and father of Saints great Paul, has died aged 86.

He served the club with distinction for over 30 years, helping launch the careers of numerous notable players.

Harry passed away on Monday (March 27) after an illness.

In a statement, the family 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.”

Harry was raised in Parr and went on to make a number of appearance for Saints B and Liverpool City before a serious knee injury in his early 20s curtailed his sporting career.

He leaves his wife of 58 years, Julie, and six children.

A Saints spokesman said: “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.

“Our thoughts are with the Wellens’ family at this time.”