October 07, 2016
Man of music Toni Williams farewelled
The guitars will be out in Christchurch this afternoon as family, friends and fellow musicians celebrate the life of Toni Williams, who died on Monday aged 77.
The Rarotongan-born singer had his start in the rock and roll dance halls of Auckland in the late 1950s, and maintained a long career with his mix of cabaret pop and soulful country.
Friend Eddie Lowe says he first came across Williams performing across the Tasman, and he could always be guaranteed to be immaculately dressed and with a polished act.
He was also a treat to share the stage with.
"I actually toured with Toni when he was filling in with the Howard Morrison Quartet. He was always fun to be around, his laughter was so catchy. He would start laughing at something and you would end up laughing with him," says Eddie Low
The memorial service for Toni Williams is at The Piano in Armagh Street, at 1pm, followed by a private cremation.
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