Huskisson’s ‘park painter’ reaches 90th milestone

He’s been painting in the park at Huskisson for 20 years but Roy Shute took a day off to celebrate his 90th birthday recently.

The Vincentia resident was born on October 13, 1927 and grew up in country New South Wales.

He was a roof tiler by trade living at Matraville with his wife Edna and six children. 

He later retired to Vincentia and has spent the last 16 years as a volunteer at Bay and Basin Radio hosting the program "Strolling down memory lane". 

He loves this particular music as he grew up dancing to it at dances held in both the bush and in Newtown, where he met Edna. The pair have been married for 68 years. 

His other passion is art and he has been in the park at Huskisson for 20 years painting beach scenes. 

He has become a well-known character in the park often sketching little beach scenes to give away.   

His daughter Lanette Rose joined him in the park 10 years ago and together they have had a wonderful time on weekends enjoying the company of people from all over the world. 

His love of a good yarn has often entertained people on weekends in Huskisson. 

His birthday party was held at House of Guangzhou Restaurant in Huskisson where his six children and partners, grandchildren and great grandchildren joined him to celebrate this wonderful milestone.