Harry Dendle on the eve of his 105th birthday. Mr Dendle was a fierce supporter of the Broncos since they entered the competition and followed them closely.
Harry Dendle on the eve of his 105th birthday. Mr Dendle was a fierce supporter of the Broncos since they entered the competition and followed them closely. File

Rockhampton's oldest man dies aged 106

SOMEONE extra special will be watching over the Brisbane Broncos from above next season after the team’s oldest supporter, Rockhampton’s Harry Dendle, died last Tuesday.

Mr Dendle, who turned 106 on November 21, was Rockhampton’s oldest resident and will be remembered at a funeral service in Rockhampton today.

Mr Dendle came to Rockhampton in 1938 as a 35-year-old looking for any job he could get.

He started working in the mines before the war and later worked for 26 years with the railway, but his greatest passion was singing.

The day before his 105th birthday last year, Harry recalled a day 101 years earlier, when he stood on a box as a four-year-old and sang to his family.

For years he sang as part of a local company and didn’t retire until he turned 100.

Mr Dendle, who has more than 140 descendants, was the oldest living Brisbane Broncos supporter, and would still get as excited about his team as he did when he first started watching them as a “youngster” at 84.

The Rockhampton great-great-grandfather began following the Broncos 20 years ago when they entered the competition, and his passion for the team had never wavered.

Mr Dendle’s family bought him a special Broncos jersey for his 100th birthday, with “Harry” and “100” on the back and a special message from Broncos star Darren Lockyer on the front.

On his 104th birthday Mr Dendle was presented with a quilted montage of photos that were taken when the football fan had a special meeting with Lockyer when he visited Rockhampton.

Among his other treasured possessions, Mr Dendle had a 2006 poster signed by the premiership-winning team, bags and flags, and a pub coaster signed by Steve “The Pearl” Renouf.

Mr Dendle’s grandson Ian Anders described him as a man who loved life and always looked for the positives rather than the bad things in life.

“In the 55 years I knew him, I never heard him speak ill of anyone. He has been an excellent role model for everyone in the family.

“If more people conducted themselves the way he did throughout his life, the world would be a better place.”

Mr Dendle will be farewelled at a funeral service at Rockhampton Crematorium at 2pm today.



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