The family of one of Perth’s most beloved entertainers, Max Kay, has released a statement after news of his death broke on Wednesday morning.
Kay had been battling cancer and reportedly died from complications in hospital after contracting pneumonia.
“It is with immense sadness that we share the news that our loving husband, father and grandfather passed away last night, with his beloved wife Norma by his side, after a recent battle with illness,” the statement said.
“Max was an adored husband to Norma, father to his three children and grandfather to eight grandchildren.
“We mourn his loss but celebrate a remarkable life and acknowledge the joy he brought to, not only his family but to all who knew him and those who watched him perform.
“Max Kay was a highly regarded entertainer, entrepreneur and patron of the arts for many years.
“He started his career in Scotland where he toured the world with Scottish entertainer Andy Stewart as his manager and fellow stage performer.
“He migrated to Australia with his wife Norma and young family in 1967 settling in Perth which he considered a paradise.
“He quickly made his mark here as a businessman and performer appearing regularly on local television in his trademark kilt.
“Max was a natural performer who entertained hundreds of thousands of people in his iconic Civic Theatre Restaurant from 1976 – 2001.
“More recently he poured his energy into voluntary life and causes he was passionate about, sitting on the board of the Perth Theatre Trust and as current President of the National Trust of WA. He was also currently serving on the boards of the Swan Bells, St Bartholemew’s House, and the Prostate Cancer Board of Australia (WA).
“He was a radio presenter and contributor to Curtin FM, delighting audiences on his regular weekly spot with Jenny Seaton.
“In 2000 he was awarded with the WA Citizen of the Year award in the category of Arts, Culture and Entertainment. In 2003 he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his services to the performing arts and to various charities.”