ONE of Perth’s best known entertainers, Max Kay, has died in hospital after a battle with cancer.
Kay, who was born in Scotland, arrived in Perth in 1967 and became one of the city’s most sought-after talents.
He began his career singing in rock and roll bands.
In 1976, Kay opened the Civic Theatre Restaurant where he wrote, produced and performed in his own shows.
After the theatre closed in 2001, he focused on charity work and became a City of Perth councillor.
He spent five years on the council, an environment in which he said he felt people did not like you whatever you did and did not seem to believe anything you had to say.
“You have to watch your back and that’s not my cup of tea,” he said in 2017.
He was a WA Citizen of the Year in 2000 and Kay was also a Member of the Order of Australia.
He is survived by his wife Norma, who Kay credited with being his “rock” and the love of his life.
A statement from the Kay family paid tribute to the Scot, who became a household name far from his homeland.
“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 read.
“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.”
Kay had battled cancer in recent months.
In 2018 a tumour was found at the base of his tongue, but he posted in December last year that he had put on weight and was starting to feel better.
“My specialist told me that after my PET scan results came through, there is no trace of cancer in my body,” he wrote.
Sad to hear of the passing of Max Kay last night. He made a significant contribution to local government, serving as a councillor at the City of Perth and as a board member at the @HeritageAus. He received a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for his services to the arts
— David Templeman (@DavidTempsMLA) June 5, 2019
I’m sorry to hear the news of the passing of Max Kay. I always remember Max in Forrest Place as a City of Perth Councillor with his soap box, there were a number of extremely funny moments.https://t.co/DsDDBiBiJl via @watoday
— Steve Hasluck. (@SteveHasluck) June 5, 2019