Our mate, Larry Pickering remained stoic and cheeky to the end. His indomitable, larrikin spirit never left him. Just last week when the doc told his wife, Carol, to let Larry have anything he wanted, he lit up with that irrepressibly irreverent grin.

"Really? Anything? Can I have two sheilas, love?"

Larry defiantly treated the cancer travelling through his body as a bloody nuisance, dismissing the unwanted intrusion as ‘bullshit’.

It was his positive mindset that carried Larry through his fascinating, adventure-packed life – ensuring he played golf right up to the past few weeks; two years after the medical experts told him he had only months to live.

Just a month ago Larry moved to a golf resort to play more golf. A week later he complained to Carol he wasn't well. Last night he passed away peacefully surrounded by the family he adored. I spent time with Larry last week at his new home. His biggest complaint was that Foxtel hadn’t yet been hooked up. He was in obvious pain, but Larry was always “Good as gold, mate.”

Larry still had too much to do, valiantly looking the reaper squarely in the eye (“I don’t fear death, mate. My biggest fear is being bored”). He had a deep love of his  family and cherished his community of followers on this blog

He loved reading every comment and knew each Pickering Poster (PPer) as if they were part of his gang (at school he was the leader of the Ishbondogla Gang targeting bully teachers. The PP was an extension of the Ishbondogla Gang, targeting idiot pollies).

Larry didn't often engage in the blog comments, believing this was a place for those who had nowhere else to go to express their frustrations and opinions. Larry marvelled at what the blog had become – laughing and quoting the funniest and most outrageous PPers on our regular nights sipping his favourite South African reds and ‘talking shit’.

Between family, golf, news, politics and the PP, Larry lived a rich life.

Personally, I’ve lost a close friend and confidant. Larry had the most influence on my own life than anyone. We had a mateship that can’t ever be replaced. He was loyal, generous, entertaining and simply brilliant.

I understand his PPers have also lost a friend. His memory will live on in his legacy of work and this blog.

Larry’s wish was that The Pickering Post remain a voice for the people who had nowhere to go – an online community. In a time when other platforms are censoring and shadow-banning opinions, Larry’s blog has become more important than ever.

I don’t know of any blog anywhere in the world that generates thousands of comments per blog post. It’s truly a phenomena.

Larry and I canvassed who should take care of The Pickering Post after his passing. We  agreed The Pickering Post couldn’t be in more trusted hands than Harry Richardson, a mate to both of us.

Will share a few memories over the coming days…Larry’s spirit and legacy will endure.  

Portrait of Larry by his daughter, Penny.


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NoosaDuck
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NoosaDuck

mate, well said

BloodyAmazed
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BloodyAmazed

That’s the Larry we came to enjoy – taunting the Reaper and bad politicians, leading the charge for the forgotten people.

ardeotisaustralis
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ardeotisaustralis

The master of his fate.
The captain of his soul.

FrancesHorrid
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FrancesHorrid

Heartfelt condolences to Larry’s family and friends. Larry’s legacy lives on in his children. Great job from Penny, that girl is talented.

snowgirl
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snowgirl

I was saddened to hear of Larry’s appointment with the “great God in the sky” that he didn’t believe existed. My recollections of Larry go back to the Whitlam years which even the past 10 years haven’t matched. The cartoon that sticks in my mind is Fraser chasing Whitlam around the bedroom (with the usual side jokes of course), hatchet in hand. Good on yer, mate. I hope you’re introducing the God above to your favourite red – and having a chat about what to do about the great unwashed mob below. Sympathies to Carol and family.

craigh
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craigh

Yes I was pleased to read that too. Perhaps we gave something back to Larry and it’s nice to know. Thanks Paul for that comforting info.

AnnieMac
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AnnieMac

Thank you, Paul and Harry. Larry has some wonderful friends and in turn has been a great friend to all PPers.I have learnt so much on this site.

FastPhil
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FastPhil

What an amazing man; he lived life well and his legacy will last many years. I treasure a signed book of his cartoons from 1980 and my meeting with him and Paul at an ALA function in North Ryde a couple of years ago.

hoppingmad
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hoppingmad

Fabulous piece, very sad to read. Thank you for all you are doing here.

ejada
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ejada

Larry is truly deserving of a State Funeral but he ticked off far too many politicians and a whole tribe of media “would-be’s if could-be’s” for that to happen – but it should! He was a person who has done his absolute best to “keep the bastards honest” while indulging his wit, wisdom and irrepressible larrikinism. He was never afraid of poking a bear – or a puffed up politician – with a sharp stick just to see what happened. He will be missed on many fronts, so here is hoping his irripressible nature lives on in this blog. Just… Read more »

Knuckles
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Knuckles

Good one Paul, I hope you and Harry (and others) can keep this site going in the way that Larry intended.

mots
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mots

Great to hear you on 2GB yesterday Paul, a fine tribute. Have one of those SA reds for sure. Best wishes.

GeorgeofMagpie
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GeorgeofMagpie

Well written Paul, thank you

ApplePie
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ApplePie

Thanks for that insight Paul. My thoughts are with you and condolences to the Pickering family. What a fantastic portrait by his daughter. The talent passes on.

myview
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myview

So very sorry to hear he has passed on…. A strong voice keeping us informed …. will be missed by many for a long time… RIP Larry Pickering… you have made your mark here on earth….

cmac
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cmac

I always feel loss about someone of immense stature dying that I had never met, would not ever likely to have met. But still you have this hope that one day paths might cross.. Now its the finality of the closed door and the key thrown into the sea. Bye Larry.

disgusted1
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disgusted1

Penny does have real talent, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I never met Larry but being in the public eye and through his writing you can tell he was a genuine down to earth bloke. Everyone would be happy to gloat about coming second in the Melbourne Cup but he accomplished so much more than that in his life. He left nothing on the table and will be sorely missed by all.

brianhyslopisastalker
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brianhyslopisastalker

We Are so bloody lucky to have “met ” Larry. He changed my life. He woke me up from apathy. He encouraged me to speak and say what I feel. The day I discovered this site made me feel that I had a voice and. Could use it. I lurked for many months but I finally bit the bullet and posted. I struggked with acceptance but I got there. Lary gave me the opportunity to speak and I will be forever grateful.

JudyK
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JudyK

Vale Larry, Deepest condolences to his family. Larry will be sorely missed. Loved his articles, he certainly had a way with words. Thanks Paul and Harry. I do hope the blog continues.

Pop49
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Pop49

Well said Paul. In our minds we all knew the end was coming but somehow you keep wanting to put off the inevidable. I’m sitting here blurry eyed having a sip and feeling as though I’d just lost a mate, even though I’d never met Larry I sort of felt as though I did know him by the way that he embraced his followers on his web site. My Heart goes out to his familly and a special metion to Penny for an astounding portrate of her Dad, worthy of an Archibald. RIP Larry

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

Yes she is .

Minkers
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Minkers

No matter how much you expect it, still comes as a shock. Feeling dismayed and very sad. Thank you, Paul, for what you have written.

mcallan
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mcallan

Vale Larry.You have seen and experienced the best years of this great country.Hopefully The Post can maintain a place where there is free speech,sanity and truth.Good on ya mate.Mick

Sweetpea
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Sweetpea

🙂

Bwana Neusi
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Bwana Neusi

Paul and Harry, please keep that PP flag flying. No one can hope to replace him but we can surely keep his memory alight for the generations to come.

rgren2
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rgren2

Thanks, Paul.

Pepperpete
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Pepperpete

Larry.

Shocker
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Shocker

I’m sure Larry wants us to jus keep on blogg’n

Shocker
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Shocker

The greens wouldn’t know if their hairy arses were on fire.

Gianna
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Gianna

Dear Paul and Harry, and Family of Larry, my deepest condolences to you all.

sibcat
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sibcat

May you still enjoy a yarn & a coldie. Without PP something was missing in the day. Thanks mate.

manfromOZ
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manfromOZ

Paul, please post some cartoons.

Onlyafarmersdaughter
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Onlyafarmersdaughter

So very sad to hear of Larries passing. Truly a great Australian. Will be sorely missed. Condolences to family

MickC
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MickC

Will you put in the odd ‘toon for us Paul??

MickC
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MickC

GREAT PIC! Obvious the talent passed on eh ?

alio
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alio

Isn’t that what Donald Trump was saying?

pelican
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pelican

well said Paul..and glad to hear that both you and Harry are still interested maintaining Larry’s legacy – The Pickering Post….as you say..about the only free voice left…

whysoserious
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whysoserious

We’ve lost a mate today
a part of Australian folklore,
but his wit, his wisdom and cartoons
we’ll cling to that’s for sure.

His legacy’s one we must preserve
let’s keep the flame a ‘flickering’,
and remember there will never be
another Larry Pickering.
RIP

Eric Hunt
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Eric Hunt

. . . and seems he taught you about lower text as well, DoS . . . 🙂