Farewell Wiggy

Wiggy (far left) had a style of his own

I was saddened by the news yesterday that our good friend Wiggy passed away at the weekend after suffering from a heart attack. I know it’s a cliche, but Wiggy really was always full of life, the life of the party. It’s hard to forget his unique dance moves and he had without a doubt, the best moonwalk I’ve ever seen a white, middle aged man perform. I say middle aged, he was a year younger than me and I always enjoyed his feigned outrage when people used to think that I was the younger one.

Some of you may remember the photo above from the 150 RMB challenge four years ago where we all had to dress up in clothes that cost no more than 150 RMB in total, including underwear! No surprise that Wiggy didn’t need to be asked twice to participate. He was like the fourth member of the Gang Of 3. Good times. Rest in peace mate and thanks for the memories.

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13 Responses to Farewell Wiggy

  1. MSG says:

    Terrible news. He wasn’t living in Shanghai still was he? And I think he left kids behind as well, right?

  2. WoAi says:

    MSG – Did you know him? He was originally coming over from the UK for frequent business trips, then a few years ago he got a new job in Dubai which is where he passed away. He had 5 kids, all of whom are way too young to be losing a father. He was a bit of a prankster, so even now I half expect him to call up and say “only joking”.

  3. MSG says:

    Yeah, him, James and Craig even made me a farewell song collection when I left Shanghai of all Australian national anthems. Stuff like the Home and Away theme, Rolf Harris and so on.

    I didn’t know him well, but I still hung out a few times, I guess with yourself as well. He was a good drinking companion and was witty without being mean spirited.

  4. WoAi says:

    Ah yes. He was back and forth a lot so I can’t remember who met him and who didn’t. If I didn’t know him and bumped in to him in a dark alley I’d be pretty worried, and yet he’s one of the kindest and gentle people I’ve known.

  5. Swiss James says:

    Can’t believe he’s gone really. Awful news.

  6. Swiss James says:

    Can you send me a large version of that photo WoAi?

  7. Suey says:

    Sorry to read this news. So young :(

  8. Kim C says:

    I am so sorry to hear the news and sorry for your loss! I remember the Wiggy stories well – especially the mechanical bull at his birthday party one time.

  9. WoAi says:

    @Swiss – Here the link to the full res version so everyone can enjoy it:

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3097/2850746965_38c95608a4_o.jpg

    @Suey – Indeed. Younger than us.

    @Kim C – Well remembered that was another awesome night. Thanks for reminding me.

  10. Dingle says:

    Truly tragic to lose Wiggy. I think it’s only just properly sunk in, totally surreal hearing the dreadful news on Sunday.

    I was lucky enough (with H) to go on holiday to the Philippines with Wiggy and family the year before last and see a different side to the one we’re normally used to seeing (although he did have a dance-off with a ladyboy on stage during a live show at one point, so maybe not that different..)

    You can’t say he didn’t live a full life though, he squeezed several normal lifetimes into his 42 years! You could probably start a new blog just for wiggy anecdotes and have enough quality material to last for years!

    Msg, I hope by singling wiggy out as being “witty without being mean spirited” you’re not inferring that the rest of us were mean spirited!! Or maybe just not witty.. Presumably you were referring to Swiss and Woai though yeah ( I totally get your point)? By the way, I’m in Melbourne for a couple of nights in early May, fancy meeting up for a beer?

  11. MSG says:

    Yep, see you in May Dingle.

    And it was insecure of you to think by paying that compliment to Jonathan it meant a criticism of the rest of you!

  12. Dingle says:

    very good MSG, Sister Bella?

    I’m not insecure MSG, or paranoid for that matter, people really are out to destroy me

  13. Oh no!!!!!!!! This is so sad news, he is one of the funniest guy I have ever met in my life. He was blessed with a good sense of humour and I appreciated him for having such a large self-distance to himself. He was always full of life.

    R.I.P

    :-(

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