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Sparky Harris (RIP)

Kathy and the Crecents, Legends Band II (Drums), Smiling Faces, Legends IV (Drums), Don Bob Busch – Geezers (Drums), Dale Thomas – City Slickers (Guitar), Steve Troyer – Want a Bees (Drums), Christy G and Velvet (Drums), The Yesterpickers (Guitar) (RIP)

Grew up Al Heeringa AKA Buddy Heeringa, but most people know him as Sparky Harris. (RIP)

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Sparky on Drums at the Radisson on Ann St.
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Back Row L-R Frank Eimer, Sparky Harris (Drums) Big Al Vadetti. Front Row L-R John Brown, John Jennings, at the Radisson on Ann St.


Bottom left clockwise around Cathy (Gail) Heeringa, Sparky Heeringa, Bill Roy, Pete Garza, Denny Heeringa.

The Early Years:  Sparky Harris AKA Al or Buddy Heeringa. Says the band Cathy and the Crescents (“63 – 68?)  was a family band with sister Cathy (Gail) was Vocals, keyboard, Brother Denny was Bass, vocals, Sparky was rhythm guitar, vocals, Bill Roy Drums,  Pete Garza Lead guitar. All were from Central High School except Bill Roy who was from Forest Hills.









Smiling Faces (L-R) Ed Sayfie Jr., Sparky Harris, Frank Warrick

Smiling Faces (L-R) Ed Sayfie Jr., Sparky Harris, Frank Warrick




Obituary: Albert G. Heeringa Jr.

  • “Sing with the angels Sparky! We will all miss you.”
    – Toni Stancliff

Heeringa, Albert G. Jr. (Sparky Harris) Age 65 of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 18, 2015 at his home. He was born October 1, 1949 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Albert and Mildred (Winright) Heeringa. He lived and breathed music and was a musician all of his life. In 1969 during the Vietnam War he joined the USO for 16 months playing music for the troops. He graduated from Ferris State University with a mechanical engineering degree. He had worked for Klise Manufacturing for eight years and enjoyed wood craftsmanship as a hobby. Surviving is the love of his life for the past 26 years, Nina Marcinowski; sons, Buddy (Kat) Heeringa; Mike (Kelly) Garza; daughter, Bonnie Aguilar; many grandchildren; brother, Denny (Kathleen) Heeringa; sister, Gail (Tom) Szotco. He as preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service and luncheon will start at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 30 at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post #287, 91 First Street, and will continue with music through the day until 7:00 pm. Interment will take place later at Oakwood Cemetery, Lowell. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

– See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=albert-g-heeringa&pid=175877527&fhid=8222#sthash.rDP7DC93.dpuf





2 Responses to Sparky Harris (RIP)

  1. Robert "Stik" Cuperus says:

    Sparky, I had no idea you passed. Thank you for the memories. Thank you also letting me sit in up at the Sand Bar. I wouldn’t have met Maria without you and we have been together 31 years now. Say hi to Perky and will you do Poor Side of Town one more time.

    Nina thank you for blessing my brother in music. You are in our prayers.

  2. Larry Cartwright says:

    Are you Jim’s Bro?

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