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First published September 2011, last updated January 2012


I first met Paddy at Howick District High School in the 1950's.  We found that we had common interest in music of the day.  He was like a brother for me, the shy naive country boy from Whitford (the sticks) in those days and Paddy in my eyes the guy of the world, from the (the big smoke) of Howick.  Firstly jamming under the prefabs at school and then meeting up with Glyn Tucker and playing an (extra) at the church dance while the pianist had his cup of tea at half time - under the name of Glyn Tucker and the Locusts.  From then on we played in many combo's together including the Gremlins and formed many life long friendships with lots of, can I say lovely musos.  Love you Paddy.  R.I.P.(My Minder) - Roger Wiles
I first met Paddy when I was a teacher in Kaeo.  His son Joseph was in the cricket team I coached.  I was also in a number of bands over the years and inevitably got to know the fact that Paddy could play a bit….and only later did I get to know his musical pedigree.  In the late 80’s I was part of a Christian “Country/rock/folk” group.  We recorded our album in a garage and later toured it as a stage show around the upper North Island.  For local gigs we used Paddy when he was available.  It didn’t seem to matter what we played, he had the perfect guitar part for it!  Amazing feel and skill.  He enjoyed playing with us, too.  I suspect that he enjoyed playing with any other musicians, but he was a special part of what we did and it’s sad to hear that he passed away last month. - Wayne Barnett, on behalf of Stephen Lane, Carol Agar, Paddy Coogan and others

……. starting 1964…… The Adventurers, resident at the Papatoetoe Dance with ‘swinging compere Glyn Conway’ (Tucker)…..a record deal and name change to ‘The Gremlins’ ….green suits that didn’t suit you or me……a Christmas or two at the Ruakaka Surf Club doing their gigs and transport in Paul Newbury hearses for a few others……Eldred’s basement studio at Saratoga Ave…….picking you up for a gig from outside some butcher shop where you’d started work at 5am ……..your blue ’48 V8 Coupe that almost knew its own way home and often needed to……..the sunburst Gibson, and the other Gibson, the Fender Strat and the Gretch and the black Les Paul in bits under your bed….the big Fender amps that were almost unprocurable….photo shoots at The Shiralee…..practice out at the Whitford farm.

Then later, Harriet’s love…and Joe, Tony and Steven….visits to Kaeo, Kaitaia and lately Hihi (Mangonui)…..gigs with Evo …….Glenfield Tavern reunions.

Always a smile, Irish humour and logic, even in the difficult last few years of sickness.

Almost a lifetime of friendship and memories.

Show them a lick or two up there Paddy. - Ben Grubb

Just a few words about our mate Paddy on behalf of Ben Tawhiti and the band.

I knew Paddy when he was playing with Keith Roache at the Onehunga Pub.  Paddy was always our "fill in" guitarist.  If Ben couldn't make it for a gig, we would usually give the gig away, but if Paddy was available we would use him.  He was one of the few who could stand in for Ben.  You also didn't know what kind of guitar Paddy would end up bringing to the gig.  The latest Gibson or Grestch.  He always seemed to be changing guitars.  

We got to know him and Harriet and the boys as close friends, visiting them when they moved to Kaeo and then to Kaitaia.  Paddy was a butcher by trade and relieved the owners of different butcher shops around the city.  We always stayed in close contact when ever he changed shop to make sure we got the best of the pork bones.  

Paddy's throat cancer make it difficult to communicate in the last few years, as Glyn said in his tribute, but the guy always had a cheery outlook and supported by the ever smiling and lovely Harriet.  He was one of a few and could adapt his playing style to suit the mood of the tune. 

There won't be another like him and I know there are many in the North who will miss him as I believe he was still gigging. - Buddy Wilson on behalf of the Ben Tawhiti Quartet
RIP Paddy - Ray Columbus
Last time I saw Paddy, probably five years ago in the Rock Shop, Takapuna, here was this long haired fully bearded character closely inspecting guitars and amps.  He looked over my way and that was that.  Two hours of laboured but emotional conversation followed until we both had to go.  I was on bass with Paddy, Peter Davies and Roger Wiles just prior to them becoming the Gremlins, in fact Peter's band was my first ever to join. (we went to school together). - Keith (Haggis) McIntyre
Paddy McAneney.  A fine musician, guitarist and friend.  You will be sadly missed.  RIP. - Alex Behrens    
Sorry to read Glyn has lost an old band mate.  My heart goes out to Glyn's fellow Gremlins and of course Paddy's family.  Although I did not know Paddy well losing a fellow musician is sad for us all.  Rest in Peace Paddy and God speed Glyn.  You have always been one of Kiwi musics lovely blokes, genuine, warm hearted and caring.  Great to read that nothing has changed Glyn.  Warmest regards - Larry Morris
Strangely enough, I was listening to The Gremlins 'Blast Off' cd when I received your email.  Very strange indeed.  Could you please pass on condolences to the Paddy McAneneny family and Glyn Tucker. - Denis Gilmore
I regret to advise that my good friend and teenage bandmate, guitar enthusiast Paddy McAneney passed away on Sunday 27th September 2011 after a long battle with cancer.  His funeral was held on Monday 29th, a private family only ceremony.

Due to Paddy's severe throat cancer telephone communication has been impossible for several years, and with Paddy living in the far North it is regrettable we did not have recent communication.

Paddy and I got together in 1958, at Howick, Auckland, when I moved to Auckland from Wellington (Upper Hutt).  From the start he was a natural on guitar, with major early influences Scotty Moore, Les Paul, and Chet Atkins.  He was one of the first to adopt the solid body electric guitar in the days when buying a Fender or Gibson was difficult due to import restrictions.  He transcended from a Hofner Club to a solid body Victor (made by Jansen) with DeArmond pick-ups, and quickly became an expert on pick-ups and amplifiers.  Whatever it took to get the Scotty Moore, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry sounds we tried to emulate.

With Roger Wiles on drums, Paddy and I started playing at local bible class dances and a few years later became the nucleus of The Gremlins, along with Peter Davies and Ben Grubb.  Paddy's finger-style picking was a feature of the Gremlins' hit "The Coming Generation" in 1966. (on a borrowed 12 string Jansen electric)

Paddy went on from the Gremlins to play with many bands around Auckland and later in the far North.  Ben Tawhiti, Tiny Thompson, Evo, and many others enjoyed his musicianship and positive vibe.

Paddy's death is a great loss to many of us who remember those pioneering days of rock and country music of the 50's and 60's.

RIP my friend - Glyn Tucker
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