A generous man with sound principles, a total professional with an uncanny eye for detail, and a "gentle giant" of Australia's entertainment industry.
Tributes poured in this week for David Humphreys, the general manager of the soon-to-be-opened Perth Arena who died on Tuesday from a heart attack, aged 57.
From humble beginnings as an apprentice panelbeater in Perth, Mr Humphreys rose through the ranks of the entertainment industry in Australia.
Kerry Stokes, chairman of Seven West Media, publisher of _The Weekend West _, said he had known Mr Humphreys for almost 30 years, and that included about 15 years that he ran the Perth Entertainment Centre for the Seven Network.
"He was an outstanding executive with a unique feel for the entertainment industry and was dearly loved by all managers, artists and the industry," Mr Stokes said.
"He will be sadly missed."
Leading Australian promoter Paul Dainty, speaking from Europe, said he had known Mr Humphreys from his days at the Perth Entertainment Centre.
"I've had a great relationship with him," Mr Dainty said.
"He was just a good person in an industry that can be a bit catty and difficult. He was such a nice man - a genuine person who cared."
Harvey Lister, the chairman and managing director of AEG Ogden, the venue manager at Perth Arena, said messages of condolence had been sent from industry colleagues around the country and overseas.
"He is renowned as the nicest guy in the business and I doubt he has an enemy," Mr Lister said.
Glen Hall, Perth Arena's business manager, said the staff were devastated by Mr Humphrey's sudden death.
"We are a very close team and while currently in shock remain strong and committed to David's vision for the Arena, as a personal dedication to him," he said.
Mr Humphreys, born in Perth, started life as a car hop at the Armadale drive-in while completing an apprenticeship as a panelbeater.
He did not pursue that trade but stayed in the cinema and drive-in business. In 1980, he was appointed one of three managers to run TVW Enterprises' Cinema City.
He became assistant manager of the Perth Entertainment Centre and was elevated to general manager before moving east in 2000 to become general manager of the Sydney Superdome.
Mr Hall said the official opening of Perth Arena on November 10 would now take on a poignant significance, adding: "We can all hear David now quoting that old showbiz saying, 'the show must go on'."
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