MORE than 1000 people attended a memorial for Perth entertainer Max Kay at His Majesty’s Theatre last Saturday (June 22).
The service included a performance by the Rockingham City Pipe Band, a eulogy from his son Gary and a video montage of some of his most memorable TV appearances down the years.
His wife Norma said the turn-out was astonishing.
“His Maj’s was his favourite theatre so it was a fitting venue,” she told the Voice.
“It was so beautiful and a bit over-whelming – it’s something I’ll never forget.”
Mr Kay, a Scottish ex-pat and former Perth councillor, died aged 82 from complications from pneumonia earlier this month.
His career as an entertainer spanned decades because he was likeable and had a down-to-earth sense of humour that transcended fashion and political correctness.
Ms Kay said they organised the public memorial after being inundated with requests to attend Mr Kay’s funeral, which they wanted to keep as small and private as possible.
She says her husband loved the arts and opened the Civic Theatre Restaurant in Inglewood in 1976. It remained in operation until 2001.
“Max loved nurturing young talent and helping them achieve their dreams. Over the years he worked with loads at the theatre in Inglewood, and was the judge on talent shows on TV as well.”
Attendees at the memorial included former premier Colin Barnett, arts minister David Templeman and former WA governor Malcolm McCusker.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK