GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Local musician and songwriter, John McHattie, died of a heart attack at his home in Mossel Bay, on Monday 18 February at the age of 65.
McHattie began his music career in the Garden Route in the late 1970s playing with his wife Helmie at the Caves Motel in Oudtshoorn, and in subsequent years has played at most of the venues in the area.
In 2003 John joined up with fellow musician André Thysse to form the band Wingerdstok and successfully toured the Cape from Mossel Bay to Cape Town to Oudtshoorn.
He was well respected among his fellow musicians, many of whom have been inspired by his extremely talented blues and blues/rock guitar playing ability. He was also well-liked by the public for his entertaining personality.
McHattie wrote many songs which have been recorded by national artists including Shaun Tait's Bondeltjie Liefde and Die Doef Doef van my Hart for Bianca.
John was a regular performer at the Garden Route Casino as well as many of the restaurants in Mossel Bay and George.
He is survived by his daughter Chantelle, granddaughter Stacy and sister Susan Lewis Pimenta who lives in California.
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