Phil Emmanuel's Last Gig
$17,970 of $10,000 goal
Phil Emmanual was known best for his legendary guitar skills, Aussie larrikin humour and entertaining antics on stage. Off-stage he was known best for all of those things and much more. He was a very loving husband, father and friend. Everyone who met Phil was touched by his contagious and uplifting energy.
We are all deeply saddened by his unexpected passing at just 65 years old. He will always be in our hearts and we know that he is probably already taking a swig of Jack Daniels and rocking out with the angels up in heaven. Despite being considered by many as a rock god, possessing guitar skills most musicians spend a lifetime only dreaming of, Phil lived a very humble life and joins a medley of musical greats who left this world with not a penny but a legacy to their name.
This fund is to help support his family through this time and to give him the send-off we all know he deserves. These funds will be used to pay for the expenses for Phil´s funeral, burial and wake, as well as the transportation of his body. It will also be used to pay for expenses incurred as a result of his death including current outstanding debt.
A little about the organiser:
My name is Naomi McKenzie and I am from the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland Australia. I am the step-daughter of Phil Emmanuel (Subject of the Go Fund Me) and the daughter of his wife and widow, Amanda. I will be personally withdrawing these funds into my bank account where I will manage them to pay for all the expenses mentioned in the description above e.g. funeral home, wake expenses, unpaid bills that were left unpaid as a result of Phil´s death.
Thank you for all your kind words and donations.
Although, this is a private function there will be public memorial functions in the future. We will provide more information on this.
Love Naomi xx
It's a sad truth of the music industry that while we are more than happy to shower our musicians with acclaim and accolades, this doesn't translate to financial wealth and security. While fame and revere has its perks, many don't realise the hard life musicians choose and the toll it takes on familes: on the road, away from home and loved ones, living not week to week but gig to gig with so many unseen expenses - travel, gear, supporting musos - eating in to what was always a humble income for Phil. Many would be shocked to learn that entertainers often find themselves at the end of their career with no super-annuation and no guaranteed income for the years when they should be finally enjoying a home base and spending time with family.
Phil's sudden passing is a tragic shock that we are all still reeling from. Many know the long and hard road of grief that lies ahead for Phil's wife, children and all those who loved him. But when death strikes so suddenly and unexpectedly it's a cruel trauma with no chance to prepare for. There's no time to sort affairs, no chance to pay the bills, no way to express final wishes.
Those of you who reached into your hearts and gave so generously know that this can't take back what happened, it can't fix this, but it has made sure that Phil's family hasn't had to face the added burden of financial hardship as they cope with shock and grief and scramble to plan a goodbye worthy of this Aussie legend.
We also know that it's exactly what Phil would have done. He was the type of bloke who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed. He always paid his band before himself, sometimes even out of his own pocket if promoters had fallen through. The whole time I new him he never said no to playing for charity. Phil was that type of guy. One of the last things he did for me was pay for my five year old son's airfare home from Brisbane to Gladstone. My daughter was sick and needing specialist care in Brisbane, the hospital pays for flights for her and her parents but not siblings. Im catching that flight home right now as I write this, with my whole family on board, thanks to Phil. We were in a tight spot and Phil could help out so he did - that's who he was.
We've decided to keep this fund page open for those who still want to show their love and appreciation for Phil and what he did for so many. Funds raised here will go towards his closest family. Phil's passing was a shock and tragedy, given the choice he wouldn't have wanted to leave his wife, my mum, scrambling for funds to bring his body home, with so many bills unpaid, with no future income.
The donations so kindly given will go towards the expenses for Phil's funeral. Any extra donations kindly given will go towards supporting Amanda through this time of financial hardship (paying bills, mortgage and paying off debt). Phil would've wanted Mum to be taken care of, especially in this time of grief.
Again a huge thank you to those who have expressed their love through kind and generous donations. If you want to have your faith in the kindness and goodness of people restored, just have a scroll through this page and see what people are capable of. We have been so touched and overwhelmed by you all. Thank you.
- Ellie <3