Former Triple M breakfast presenter Robin Bailey has farewelled her husband Sean Pickwell with a “big kick ass party” instead of a funeral.
“He went out his way… no funeral, just one big kick ass party,” she wrote on Instagram about Monday’s service.
“We had his dearest friends and father plus his kids and mine give speeches. It was raw, real and very rock n roll.”
In 2016, Robin Bailey spoke to Mia Freedman on Mamamia’s No Filter podcast. Post continues below audio.
Pickwell had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in 2017 and died on September 26.
The unique service included white guitars for guests to sign instead of a condolence book and orders of service on backstage passes. In lieu of flowers, people gave money to Karuna Hospice Services and “then when we dried our eyes, we danced”, Bailey wrote.
Then they “partied hard” to ACDC’s Highway to Hell and Chocolate Starfish lead singer Adam Thompson, who played at Bailey and Pickwell’s wedding, sang How Sweet it is to be Loved by You and Somebody to Love.
“I struggle to fathom what my life will be without him but all of us left knowing that Sean Pickwell is now holding us in our hearts,” Bailey said.
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So yesterday was my beloved husband’s wonderful farewell . He went out his way … no funeral , just one big kick ass party at The Outpost Bar in The Fortitude Music Hall . We had his dearest friends and father plus his kids and mine , give speeches . It was raw , real and very rock n roll . Instead of an order of service we had Triple A passes . Rather than a condolence book people signed white guitars . Instead of flowers people gave money to Karuna Hospice Services . My big beautiful panda had his paw prints all over it . And then when we dried our eyes we danced . Adam from Chocolate Starfish , who played at our wedding, flew up to do a couple of his favourite songs and with ACDCs Highway to Hell ringing in our ears we partied hard … just as he wanted . I struggle to fathom what my life will be without him but all of us left knowing that Sean Pickwell is now holding us in our hearts .#family #bestfuneralever #love #byepandapickwell #fuckcancer #karunahospiceservices #chocolatestarfishband #party
Bailey announced Pickwell’s death in a separate Instagram post in September.
“What can I say… my big beautiful panda has gone,” she wrote. “He died as he lived… his way… at home with us holding him… early this morning.
“In this moment there are no words or feelings that can truly express the love and gratitude I have for my husband Sean Pickwell. He came into our lives and healed us. He loved me so hard and taught me so much and now whatever life throws at us we will be stronger, wiser and more fierce because of him.