Davey Rankin funeral/celebrations

Davey, with Matt Mason on guitar, playing at the Gollan Hotel, Lismore
February 2011

Thank you to Pietro Fine for the following funeral notice and additional information:

Outlandish, inspirational entertainer, Davey Rankin passed away early on Sunday the 6th of October. Much loved by family and many in the community he’ll be greatly missed. Share a celebration of his life this Sunday 13 October, meet at Davey’s, cnr of Keen and Park Street Lismore 12 midday, with a 2pm Street Parade to Lismore City Bowling Club. There will also be a wake at a later date in Melbourne at the Balaclava Hotel.

I would also like to make it clear that musicians should expect to play on Sunday. Davey didn’t want anything sad, he wanted a New Orleans style parade followed by a big jam and party at his church i.e. Lismore City Bowlo.
Anyone coming who would like to contribute to the food can bring a plate. Contact me with any other offers of help.

We are going to set up some sort of Davey Rankin page so messages and stories can be shared on Sunday & into the future. In the meantime you might enjoy this link to stories from Graeme Davies & John Roberts:

This is what I can tell you about Davey’s passing:

He died early Sunday morning while on the phone to his eldest daughter Merella. Davey’s been going downhill over a couple of years with emphysema, but lately had a few falls and about one month ago was admitted to hospital where his condition stabilised but he wasn’t well enough to go home despite Merella coming up from Melbourne to look after him. So he went into care in a hospice. He then had a bad attack of shingles. On Tuesday he tried unsuccessfully to play his trombone and ended up falling again too, which was very depressing for him. In the end he actually went fairly swiftly, which is always the best.

Pietro Fine

5 responses to “Davey Rankin funeral/celebrations

  1. davey rankin was a good friend of mine , that picture above is of us playin in coraki about 2 years ago, ( not uncle burnin love ) theres a thousand funny stories of him and thats only some of em .
    the stage wont be the same . cheers dave … matt mason

  2. I just heard the news over Jazz on Saturday that Dave had died. I played with him in the 1950s along with Sny Chambers, Willie Watt and Nick Polites at 431 St Kilda Road among other places. Although I have not seen Dave for 3o-plus years he’s one person I shall never forget. A larger than life guy and a great muso.

    Ray Kennedy

  3. my husband daniels family ,the tierneys , loved Dave . daniel will be at the wake in balaclava with bells on !

  4. I knew Dave through his daughter Merella ,whom I dated in the early eighties.He was one of the most ALIVE people I have ever met. He was positively infectious.I was with Merella at a bush camp in Kempsey,taking a well earned break after assisting her father organising his affairs when dave passed The manner in which she conducted herself under the circumstances is a tribute to her upbringing & would make her father proud.I will miss him

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