Jim (J.J.) Cuthbert 1928 – 2010
We are sad to announce that our dear friend J.J. has passed away this past week.
JJ was admitted to the Angliss Hospital at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges last week but his failing health left him on Wednesday morning 3rd November.
Born of Scottish immigrant parents, J.J. spent much of his adult life working as a motor mechanic. After retiring from his own business in the Melbourne suburb of Baldwin, he moved to the quiet country town of Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges.
JJ soon became known throughout the Gembrook community as a generous giver of his time and energy for any community cause. Indeed, the Gembrook Gentleman had time for everyone and could often be found playing his guitar and singing to entertain at local festivals, community concerts and fetes. He also spent many an afternoon playing for the old folks in the retirement homes in the region.
Perhaps best remembered by many who frequent the Western Country Music Club or the Pickin’ At The Piggery. You may have seen him at any one of the many music festivals around Victoria. JJ was a habitual musician, an charming entertainer and a great organiser. In fact when he was not organising a program of performers for a concert, emceeing, or performing somewhere himself, he was generally jamming with others.
With his trademark hat and guitar, JJ always had a kind word encouragement for many of us.
Our sincere condolences to JJ’s children, Anne, Paul and Phil along with their children at this very sad time in their lives.
The Gembrook Gentleman. J.J. Cuthbert – Rest in Peace.