Harry West

June 11, 1926January 25, 2014
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Mr. Harry West, 87, of 116 E. Broad St. Statesville, died Saturday, January 25th at the Gordon Hospice House. Born in Stuttgart, Germany on June 11, 1926, he was a son of the late Isadore West and Erna Lange West. He was the owner and operator of Harry & Jeanie West Fine Musical Instruments in Statesville. He loved music and musical instruments and started collecting instruments in the 1940's and was very talented, able to play anything with strings. He served in the United States Army. On July 31, 1951, he married the former Barbara Jean West who survives. He was preceded in death by a son, Everett West. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Scott West and James West and his wife, Annie all of Statesville, and a daughter, Mrs. Kathy Berard and her husband, Bobby of Yorktown Heights, New York. Also surviving are two grandsons, Billy and Robert Berard. Services celebrating Harry's life will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. this evening (Monday) at the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Connor Lambert officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:00am. Condolences may be sent online to the family at Memorials may be given to Hospice & Palliative Care Of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd. Statesville, N.C. 28625. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.



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Bill Knowlton

February 14, 2014

what an influence he (and Jeanie) were on me in the 50s when I was first getting into oldtime country music. Rest in peace in Fiddlers' Green, Harry.

Bill Knowlton WCNY Syracuse NY

February 13, 2014

Harry was one of a kind. An inspiration and a true friend.

Rick Everhardt

February 10, 2014

So sorry to hear of Harry's passing. I always enjoyed visiting the shop and bought my first "good" mandolin from Harry. I remember one day sitting in the shop and a customer came in the front door and asked Harry if he would be interested in trading. He said yes to the man, just as long as it wasn't a "refrigerator or a lawn mower".

Günther and Hillie Siegmann

February 8, 2014

So sad, the news of Harrys disappearance. We shall never forget him - he always was an great example of how to carry on even in a hopeless situation; he was a good husband and a great example in any respect.
God bless Harry.

Stan Werbin

February 2, 2014

When I got in the music business in 1972, Harry was already a legend, as he was years ahead of just about everyone else in his appreciation of prewar acoustic instruments. I never met him when I was growing up in NYC, but after I opened my music store in Michigan I corresponded with him and occasionally spoke with him over the telephone. It was always a pleasure to talk to him and I wish I had met him in person. My condolences to the entire family.

George Gruhn

February 1, 2014

I first heard about Harry West when I started collecting instruments in 1963. I did not have the opportunity to meet him in person until 1967 but when I visited his home in the Bronx at that time we forged a friendship which endured for a lifetime. Harry was a positive influence for me and numerous other players and collectors.  He was a true pioneer who recognized earlier than virtually anyone else that fine vintage American fretted instruments were true works of art with iconic historic significance in addition to being functional tools. He was an inspiration to all of us. He will be greatly missed.

Sandy Rothman

February 1, 2014

Dear Jeanie and Family,

It is with great sadness that I learn of Harry's passing. I met him first in NYC at his apartment in 1963 but we continued corresponding into the email age up to this past year. Some of my friends got their finest instruments at affordable prices from Harry in the 1960s. He was a great letter-writer and a faithful friend, never failing to ask after other musical instrument folks (like the late Jon Lundberg here in Berkeley), and he was always available to answer questions or just chat. I will miss him very much.

Sincere condolences,

Dan Del Fiorentino

January 31, 2014

Thinking of his family and sending my prayers. I got to meet Harry last year after hearing so much about him. What a legacy!

Randy Mullis

January 29, 2014

To the West family, Sorry to hear of your loss.Harry was a great friend to me and would always help me anyway he could. I always enjoyed visiting Harry and listening to the stories he would tell. I know he will be missed by you as well as his friends. Just glad I was able to be lucky enough to be his friend.God Bless you all from the staff of Mullis Music Co.

Bob Bunch

January 29, 2014

Scott and family ......Sorry about the loss of your father,Jeanie, your husband.