One last cold one to celebrate 'The Sheik'
WHEN you passed his house, you'd often hear Slim Dusty playing.
But that will be no more, after 'The Sheik' passed away earlier this month.
Warren John Abdullah Aldis Roberts, warmly known as 'The Sheik' by his friends, was remembered last Thursday at O'Mara's Hotel.
Mr Roberts was born on September 9, 1949 in Tenterfield.
He was brother to Michael and sister to Lorraine, and son to Isabell and Arnold Aldis.
He lived in Tenterfield for a period of time, before moving to the Belford property at Eukey.
When he was about five years of age, the family moved to Warwick, where Mr Roberts went to school.
He completed his education there and began singing floor shows at local pubs.
When he returned to Stanthorpe, his first gig was at the Central Hotel.
Mr Roberts learnt guitar as a teenager, under the wings of Phil Locke and Noel Hardy.
He always sang country and western. His favourite artists were Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams, Hank Snow and Chad Morgan.
It wasn't long before Mr Roberts gained the nickname 'The Sheik' from playing Morgan's song, The Sheik from Scrubby Creek.
Mr Roberts became well known around the district for his music.
He often played at the Commercial, O'Mara's and the Top Pub.
His mother, Isabell, would sometimes accompany him on the accordion and his aunty Dot sometimes sing with him.
He often played with others, such as Sammy Bonner and his wife, and Noel Hardy.
Many locals would remember seeing Sheik play or joining him at parties and get-togethers.
In the last decade, Mr Roberts didn't perform but loved to listen to his beloved country western, and those who passed by his home could often hear Slim Dusty playing.
Over the years, he entered a number of competitions and won awards for his music.
Mr Roberts had the opportunity to meet many of his idols over the years, including Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams and Hank Snow.
While he didn't have children of his own, he enjoyed the love of his sister, Lorraine, and his nieces and nephews and, later, great-nieces and nephews.
Since he passed away on December 9, his family have been comforted by his many friends and old mates and their many stories and memories of 'The Sheik'.
They would like to thank all who turned out to his wake at O'Mara's on Thursday last week to have one last cold one for this man they knew and loved.