Farewell to Doctor Sax
By JENNI FAULKNER
THE funeral of David Amster (Doctor Sax) could have easily been mistaken for a musical gathering yesterday and it was with good reason ? the man in question would not have had it any other way.
Knowing he was dying of cancer, Dave orchestrated his funeral from beginning to end at the Coffs Harbour Crematorium Gardens at Karangi.
He requested people wear bright, happy cloth- ing and dancing shoes and, out of respect for their friend, they did.
About 300 people attended the 'celebration' wearing flower prints, shorts, bright colours and toe-tapping dancing shoes.
Renditions of the saxophone were played, along with music by Kasey Chambers and also a song by a beloved friend of Dave, John Wibberley.
At the front of his friends Dave lay in an aqua blue coffin, signed by his family and loved ones. Its lid was decorat- ed with clouds and it featured the outline of a gold saxophone.
In a musical career spanning more than three decades, Dave was well respected throughout the community and in entertainment circles.
He was renowned for living life to the full and for his gregarious nature, always getting people up on stage.
The service yesterday was finished with a joke and Melbourne Football Club song, It's a Grand Old Flag.