Rikki Organ has died of cancer after a seven year battle.
Tributes have already started to flow for the former winner of Bert Newton's popular television talent show New Faces and many MO Awards for entertainment.
Rikki was diagnosed with multiple myeloma blood cancer in 2009 and has fought hard ever since.
My beautiful boy passed peacefully at home.surrounded with so much love with myself and our kids yesterday afternoonJane Organ
Early in his career Rikki played the much loved Happy Harry character for the Illawarra Mercury doing giveaways over the summer holidays.
People swarmed to every location for the chance to meet him and grab some of the many goodies on offer.
A couple of years ago fellow Happy Harry Scott Radburn came to his aid when he found out his mate was not expected to live after he succumbed to double pneumonia and his family were called to his bedside.
Preparing for the worst Radburn posted a message on Facebook and the overwhelming response helped Rikki pull through when doctors didn't think he would.
The response was overwhelming and Jane Organ alerted Rikki while he was still in a critical condition.
The former member of the Four Kinsmen decided to help his friend and organised a charity fundraiser at Centro CBD in October 2014 to help Rikki with his mounting medical expenses for new drugs and treatment at a time when he was finding it hard to work and pay the bills.
Rikki said he initially felt embarrassed but agreed to the night on the condition he also got to perform.
At the time he said "those people who wished me well certainly helped me through and inspired me".
Rikki said the Happy Harry in him just wants to keep giving as he has done throughout his entire career when he has met people in need.
It was one of the reasons he supports the annual Leukaemia Foundation golf day every October to help another mate, the late Greg Thurling, support others with leukaemia and their families.
Rikki, who originally trained as an electrician, did the Happy Harry role at the Illawarra Mercury towards the mid 1980s after Scott played the role, while also selling advertising for the newspaper from around 1981.
Scott said Rikki did countless things for other people that he never sought attention for. But he said everyone who knew him knew what a giving person he is.
In the last 12 months he has not stopped and helped out MCing the Highlights on Mental Health final in Crown Street Mall and a fitness boot camp at Woonona Bulli Fitness Centre to support the work of Zambi Wildlife Retreat. Last July he and Scott were co-emcees for the Graham Wilson fundraiser at the Lagoon Seafood Restaurant that raised funds for their friends brain cancer treatment.
After being diagnosed with multiple myeloma blood cancer in 2009 Rikki started chemotherapy in March 2010 followed by a stem cell transplant in August 2010.
But despite all he was going through the thing he loved doing and that lifted his spirits was getting on stage.
Around the time of the fundraiser in 2014 he said he had total numbness in both feet, no taste or smell and no feeling in his fingers but he still wanted to get up and perform. And within minutes he had everyone smiling a laughing.
Scott said that is what he did.
He made everyone feel good and really made a difference in so many lives.
Up until very recently Rikki was still working at the Builders Club during the week and doing many MCing duties and performances when he could as well as shows in various rest homes for the elderly.
In September 2014 he said he did not realise how much love and support he had around him.
He, his wife Jane and children Taylour'e Louise and Tyne-James were among those to express their gratitude for everything he did at the fundraiser.
At the time Rikki said it was great to have so many people want to do something for him while he was still around to see it.
And no matter how sick he was he did not want to let anyone down by missing the event. He said performing and bringing joy and smiles to other people is what he loves the most.
Jane said this morning that her beautiful boy passed peacefully at home yesterday afternoon surrounded with so much love from his family.
She said their hearts were broken and wanted to express how grateful they were for the amazing support from Rikki’s oncologist Dr Peter Presgrave and the palliative care team Dr Greg Barclay and Dr Karmer Hyare.
Funeral details will be published here soon.
The Rikki Organ fundraiser
The fundraiser for Rikki Organ in October 2014 was later described as going down as one of the most memorable moments in Wollongong's entertainment industry.
It was a night when some of the biggest names in the local music scene gathered with many friends at Centro CBD to help a great mate.
Among the many highlights of the night were a video message from Jimmy Barnes.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Rikki got up to sing himself and when his wife, Jane, was joined by their children, Taylour'e Louise and Tyne-James, as she recounted his battle with cancer in recent years.
Following the fundraiser Rikki wanted to have regular catch ups with many involved in organising the event at the Harbourfront Restaurant with entertainers such as Scott Radburn, Trent Bowater, Mick on Wheels, Graham Wilson and Robert Specogna.
Rikki was then bouyed by the news of the success of his children in their respective fields over the last 18 months.
While he remained in hospital after his second stem cell transplant, he discovered his son had secured a gig as the support act for an international artist.
He told the Mercury that his son Tyne-James Organ (TJ) had scored the support act for English performer Lewis Watson.
Rikki said the two musicians met when Tyne-James was in London in 2013 for a record launch by Watson.
The ultimate Entertainer & the ultimate all round good guy. Phil Nixon, Albion Park
My condolences to all of Rikki's family. I'm saddened by the lost of Rikki, a pure gentleman. I had the pleasure working with him at West Illawarra where he entertained the members and guests singing and being the caller at our raffles. Many nights of laughter he was a great man! Adrian Van Gils, Dapto
So sad to hear , sorry to the organ family for your loss. From the Smiths, Woonona
You will be forever in our hearts RIP Trikstar. Ben Sjogren, Penrith
True legend so sad to hear. Shell, Dapto
Thoughts are with the family at this sad time, I worked with Rikki at Wests years ago and we had a lot of laughs. Mandy Lawson, New Zealand
RIP Rikki you will be sadly missed. Gwen Robinson, Brownsville
So very sad to hear of Rikki's passing... He was a great man.. Whom I had know for nearly 40 years.. I first met him when he used to perform in the band East.. Which frequently played at the Yacht club...... Always had a smile on his face and took the time out to have a yarn.. You will be sadly missed mate... You are at peace now my friend..R.I.P xxx Leanne Nicholls, Berkeley
Tiki you gave so many people happiness. Thanks for the memories. RIP John Thirlby, Shoalhaven heads
A generous man who was always willing to help others! Luke Potter, Port Kembla
R.I.P Rikki. You always made everyone laugh. Top bloke!! I will make sure my Dad (Colin Smith) continues to be "Sadie the cleaning lady". You dearly will be missed by many. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family at this sad time. Jenna Smith, St. Clair
Our condolences to the Organ family. He will be missed. Skoczen & Aubeck families, Mt Warrigal NSW
Hope your dancing in the sky and singing with the Angel's Belinda Norriss (Donahay) Silver Sands, WA
So sorry to hear about Rikki's passing, was such a cheerful person at The Master Builder's Club. He will be missed by many. Phil & Louise Hurt, West Wollongong
Rikki you have entertained us for tens of years. You are a true gentleman and a person who help others at the drop of a hat. Shine bright up there. Craig Hyde and family, Barrack Heights
Sorry for your loss.R.I.P Ricky. Michelle Monahan, Warrawong
Dear Rikki, I first met you when you were at the Mercury as Happy Harry and I used to pack the Happy Harry Sample Bags. Further to that you worked with my parents in the media ( Michael McRae - Win TV and Lorna Benjamin Small Talk Mercury Newspaper. On behalf of all of us, you were an absolute legend and may you now RIP. Sean Richards (formerly Sean McRae), Wollongong.
Our hearts are broken today but you will be remembered as a shining star in all our lives. Linda Forbes/Panthers Bingo, Penrith
R.I.P Rikki may you spread your wings and run free Thinking of his family and friends at this sad time xxxx Vicki Campbell, Fairfield N.S.W
R.I.P. Rikki, you will be missed by so many in the Illawarra M. Gal, Balgownie
Sending our condolences to Jane and family so sorry to hear Rikki had passed away. He was such a beautiful soul and would just make your day. i have the best memories of rikki growing up he even escorted me to my year 10 formal in his BMW greta memories he will be sadly missed by many :(:(:(:( xxxxxx Sara Stig and Rhonda Stig, Helensburgh
What amazing man love to all his family 💗💗💗💗 Gail Wunsch, Woonona
You tried hard .rest in peace god bless Cathy, Shellcove
We've lost not only one of the greatest performers but one of the greatest people living. Rest easy my friend. I hope you have found a better place <3 James Cassar, Camden South
Such a lovely man, sang at our wedding and always found time to say hello if we ran into him at west Illawarra. Will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Rikki. Jenny and Mick Marshall, Dapto
RIP Rikki and love to your family and friends. From the day I heard you sing "One Man Band" on New Faces, I was hooked. As a singer, I went on to sing that song and win many talent competitions with that very song - however, could NEVER master it like you did. Thanks mate, and keep on singing where ever you are. Jason Stephenson, Windang
My most loving condolences to Jane and the entire Organ family. I know you have lost your shining star. Jane, you have been a loving and supportive wife and mother. The love in your family has always been apparent. I pray for comfort to you and your family. Adriana Cantwell, Atlanta, Ga
RIP my friend. They broke the mould when they made you mate! Thank you for the memories, friendship and the music over the many years. Sincerest condolences to Jane and family. Gary, Camden
Fly like an eagle Rikki💗 Louise Ward, Corrimal
You will be sadly missed by everyone who new you Anastasia Watson, Penrith
Rikki you have made people smile for so long, so it is now time for you make all those who have gone before us, keep calling those numbers also RIP Rikki the world is a greater place for having known you. Rod & Sue McCormack, Avondale
Rikki gave so much to so many for so long, now you can rest in peace after such a courageous fight. Thinking of you Jane, Taylour'e & TJ Chris, Cherylanne, Jack & Ella Crist, Woonona
R.I.P Ricky, you've tried hard, but now you are at peace, condolences to your lovely family Elli Ehlbeck, Kiama
R.I.P. Ricki, you were the greatest entertainer and a really great bloke. Ron and Rhonda Brown, Woonona
R.I.P my friend Don Harper, Farmborough Heights
We were blessed to know you. Rest in peace Rikki Michele & Rory Nash, Revesby
I'm absolutely blessed to have known this beautiful man, it broke my heart to know of his suffering, the world has not only a legend but an angel too. xxx Breanna, Wollongong
A sad loss to Wollongong culture and society. A giant among us and sadly gone. Our deepest sympathies to his family. M. Goddard, Unanderra
Rikki was a champion I attended a charity fun race one night, even though you we sick you preformed at your best, you were a fighter, you were you proud of your awesome family . O'Brien Family, Albion Park
I'm so sorry to hear you about Rikki is there any great inspiration to many many people myself included Kevin Hyett, Elderslie
RIP mate Mike, Unanderra
So sad to hear the news. I went to school with Rikki and his brother and have followed his career ever since. A true aussie showman & entertainer that will be sorely missed. RIP Rikki Geoff Turnbull, Queensland
Such a beautiful soul taken way too early. My thoughts are with Jan and family xxx Christine lee, Kanwal nsw
Jane and family. My heart breaks for you. So much love to you on this very sad day 🤑 Norelle Thomson, Helensburgh
Rest in peace Rikki Gerra Gabriele, Woonona
We have all lost a great person and inspiration to many young performers. My sincere condolences to his wonderful family. You were blessed to have known and loved this man who will be missed by many. God bless you Ricki Allan Cassar, Camden
God bless Sue and Dennis Vyse, Koonawarra
Sending lot's of love to Rikki family at this sad time. Rikki knew how to make everyone smile. The joke Rikki use to say at while he was running at the clubs were goid. A nice funny man gone so quick. R.I.P beautiful soul. Nicki percival, Warrawong.
Truly a wonderful must and man He will be surly missed condolences to his family Peter Sheehan, Wollongong
Rikki and his band performed at our wedding in 1977. The band were great and Rikki was such a great entertainer. So sad to hear of the health issues he suffered and that he has passed. Condolences to his family and friends 🙏🏻 Leesa / Peter Pilcher, Pottsville Beach
Very sad news. I remember very good times whilst working with Rikki at the Mercury. Rest in peace mate. Bob & Mary Rose, Wollongong
I remember meeting you when you worked at warilla grove in the 80's. you gave me a signed photo. im going to miss seeing your beautiful face. R.I.P Rikki xx Leahanne, Warilla
Such a beautiful person who gave so much of himself for the happiness of others. It was an honour to stand beside you as an Ambassador all of those years ago. My sincere sympathy to his family at this difficult time. Nat Lawrence, Gwynneville
RIP Rikki. Your a great friend. Phillip Bragg, Fairy Meadow
The original happy Harry! you made a lot of young kids happy such a character...!! best days!! rest easy now xx Chez, Inverell NSW (formerly Warilla)
RIP buddy💖 Maddii, Corrimal
Sad news, lots of good memories , school and soccer days. Our thoughts and prayers to Jane and family. Garry and Chris Horrell, Rutherford.
RIP Rikki you will missed by so many kim hyett, elderslie
I only knew Rikki for the last 6 months as a chaplain in Wollongong Hospital. The last time I saw him a few weeks ago, with tears in his eyes he shared how much he loved his family and entertaining. That's what he missed the most! Beautiful person who loved life and never lost his sense of humour. MaryAnn Mansu, Cordeaux Hts.
Rikki even the mentioning of your name brings teenage memorys to the forty nine year. may you rest in piece and entertain in your new life god bless Stuart Leslie, Fairy Meadow.
This is a terrible shame, Rikki was an excellent entertainer and did a great job co-ordinating musical shows at Wests Leagues among other places. My family and I will miss him dearly. David, Cordeaux Heights
My son Daniel was lucky to have chosen twice to have his photo taken with you, so when I met you through mutual friends of "Happy Accident", I was pretty chuffed! You were a lovely man who entertained people even when you weren't working. My deepest sympathies to Jane and the kids Sue Heald St, Helens Park (formerly from Shellharbour region)
R I P Rikki thinking of your family at this sad time Robyn Carney, Bellambi
RIP Ricky......deepest condolences to the family...... Magda Esperia, fr, italy
Loving thoughts to Jane and your beautiful family. Fond memories of you both at Bingo in `The Burgh` in the mid Nineties and you were a legend! Always a smile and a chat, you will live on in our Memories. Safe Journey Mate :( xxx Janine <3 Janine Inskip, Mooloolaba QLD formerly Helensburgh
I have known Rikki since the early 1990s from the Penrith RSL Club, he was a great performer and a greater friend. I will miss him as will others. Bob McCallum, Werrington NSW
Sad news ... I remember Rikki from the '70s at Woonona high school. He would sing at every opportunity available. RIP Jenny Rogan, Albury
RIP Rikki I will miss your laughter. My condolences to Jane & the family Cathy, Kurri Kurri
I know you will be rocking in heaven mate BOB & PAT WOOLSEY, Farmborough Hts
A great friend, entertainer but most of all a great bloke, RIP Rikki Colin Smith, St Clair nsw
Rikki brought so much joy and happiness to the people he entertained. Our heart goes out to Jane & family people around Kris & Bob Green, Kiama Downs
Condolences to Rikki's family x Diane, North Ryde
Great talent great guy RIP Rikki Paul Drewry, Oak Flats
Love from the Whitworths in California! I'll never forget that first BBQ 12 yrs. ago when RiKKi brought me an American beer and an evening of laughter and music. Six straight years of love and kindness from the Organs. Playing a little Bob Marley for Doreen, Paul, Jane,Talour, and TJ this evening : "Rise up this morning smile with the rising sun, three little birds pitch by my doorstep, singing sweet songs of melodies pure and true , sayin' ; this is my message to you...ou....ou: Don't worry bout' a thing, cause every little thing gonna be alright." Chad Whitworth, Morro Bay, Ca
Jane,TL andTJ. our thoughts are with you Glenda and Russell, Woonona
Rip Rikki we miss you xxx Tracy Jones, Unanderra
From Tivoli entertainer David Sterle’s family to Rikki’s family, friends, colleagues, extended family, associates and ,immediate family. Annette Cremer, Auburn
sorry to hear that you have left, you were the light that shone at all venues that you entertained at,now that beautiful light has gone out. Rest in Peace ilena, Wollongong
RIP Rikki, know you for a number of years and so sad to hear of your passing, no more pain mate, you live with the angels now, I will miss your smile and all the times you made me smile xx Robyn Parker, Formerly of Dapto nsw now living in Leeton NSW
Always a lovely guy. Rest in Peace Rikki Kim Callaway, Woonona
I had the pleasure to work with Rikki for many years at Penrith RSL club he was a fantastic entertainer and a very sweet and caring soul. God has taken him at this time to free him of all his pain and suffering. R.I.P Rikki and thinking of your family and friends at this time xxxx REBECCA DUDLEY, Penrith
Showed me first hand what an absolute pro you were even in your teens when you invited me to join your band and we played up and down the coast in the late 70's. An inspiration to so many with the grace with which you carried yourself with the long battle and so sorry to hear you are gone from us now. RIP Rick. Bob Hennessy, Helensburgh
R.I.P Rikki . Paul Vlandys, West Wollongong
So sad to not be able to see such a great entertainer and all round gentleman. I will miss you. Janet Cowan, Unanderra
Sad news Maureen Cadruvi, Berkeley
Rikki was one of the true personalities and always made you welcome even if he didn’t know you. he would light up the room when he came on stage or even he would say hello when walking around the room while working. He was a true gentleman and always tried to look after everyone and his family before his self. He will sadly missed for all his help over the years robert cooper oam, whalan nsw
My heartfelt condolences to Rikki's family. He was a generous soul and even though I haven't seen him in almost thirty years that smile will always be with me. RIP Rikki. Glen Hyde Latham, ACT formerly of Fairy Meadow
Rock Star it has been a privilege to have known you I always remember the times you practiced your set while we worked thank you for the great memories Kevin Johnston, Bulli
I am so sad to see the passing of our friend Rikki (Squirter) Rikki and Jane helped us so much with Buddhas Leaukemia journey which Buddha lost the battle in 2014. Rikki and Jane were always there for us. I will miss him. Love and thoughts to Jane and Families. Love you Rikki Margaret Horrell, Albion Park
I remember Rikki clowning around in our class at Woonona Public School and the teacher reprimanding him saying "you should be on stage." How right she was and how lucky we were that is where life lead him. Darryl Johnston, Canberra ACT
Sending all our love, thoughts and prayers to you Jane, Taylour and Tyne. Ricki will be surely missed. A truly wonderful man. xxxx Deb and Keith King, Helensburgh
To the most beautiful person I ever knew RIP Kate, Was Woonona now Nelson Bay
Kind wishes to your family I remember his brothers used to sing in our hairdresser shop while Doreen their mum had her hair done s to your family I remember Ricki and his brothers Cheryl Herrmann, Thirroul
Such an energetic, positive, amazing entertainer. My meeting him will always be a great memory. Alan, Shell Cove
Rikki was doing the bingo at the masters builders he always had a smile on his face Sueanne Hayes, Dapto
RIP Rikki, thank you so much for your friendship and loving kindness. Bruce & Patricia Shepherd, Shell Cove
An absolute one of a kind gentle man such a giving heart and magnetic personality..God Bless You Larissa and John Hutchison, Cordeaux heights
Dear Rikki, you will be sadly missed, a great loss for Wollongong. Deepest sympathies to your family. Yvonne Tomlin & Family, Figtree
So sad to hear the news. Rikki was a wonderful neighbour to me and Glenn when we lived at Woonona. Best wishes to Jane, TJ and Taylour'e Jan Bowditch, Callala Bay
Our sincere condolences go to Jane and family. Rikki was a kind, caring and genuine person. When he was told that I had cancer, he wept for me, not giving a thought to himself and what he was going through. That's the kind of person he was. You will be dearly missed by the many people who know and love you and by many that have had the pleasure of meeting you. Rest in Peace Rikki. You are now singing with the angels. Mary & Ces Basi Lake Heights
Sad to hear the loss of a family member as well as a wonderful man & entertainer. R.I.P. Rikki. Xxx Janeene Bassett (Organ), Lake Heights
Rest in peace Ricky, you where so very talented and a true gentleman. Paula, Barrack Point
I have such wonderful memories of Rikki after first meeting him 34 years ago on a cruise. He surprised me at my 70th Birthday when I sang ‘Í Want to be Loved by you’ to Him. We’ll miss that wonderful bloke. Love “Mum” Laurie & Ted xxx Laurie Godwin, Georges Hall
Thanks for the wonderful memories Rikki. You'll always be remembered as a happy, giving pocket rocket 😊 Now performing with a choir of angels. Love and strength to your wife and children. R.I.P. now, you fought a long, brave fight 😇💙😇💙 Sian Price (Elferink), North Wollongong (Mt Warrigal)
RIP RICKY GREAT BLOKE WAYNE SCHMIDT, LAKE ILLAWARRA
Condolences to Jane & the whole Organ family. Gone too soon. R.I.P Rikki Ann, Wollongong
You will never be forgotten Rikki, l loved every gig l did with you. Such a professional & always a big smile. I wish there were more people in this world like you, you really are one in a million. Love you forever Mr O. Thankyou for all the wonderful memories.Love JJ x x x x J J Horne, Tweed Heads NSW
Rikki was an inspirational local hero who did so much for so many. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his beautiful family at this sad time. RIP Rikki. Paul and Cindy Harrison, Woonona
Thank you for the gift you have given to so many over the years Rikki - your talent and generosity have left an indelible memory for all who have had the pleasure. Narrell Brown Jaybees Entertainment, Sanctuary Point
So sorry to hear of Rikki's passing our thoughts go out to the Organ Family The Young Family, from Woonona Beach 2665
We have known Rikki and Jane for over 30 years. Rikki was always thge ultimate showman that can never be replaced. He will be sadly missed by us and tge entertainment industry. RIP Rikki. Love! George and Maureen Paterson, Kanahooka
A workmates fellow entertainer the best Ian Clifton, Woolooware
I had the pleasure of working with you at shelly's and shared many laughs together RIP my friend you will be missed Lynne Dunn, Barrack Heights
Loved you calling bingo at the burgh Chris Allen, Helensburgh
I have always enjoyed seeing RIKKI's show such an awesome entertainer & person,Thank you Rikki RIP xxx Margaret Hoerndlein, East Hills
Love you always rikki always made people laugh Jenny and Danny Keenan, Kiama
Some of the most memorable times of my working life was working for a while with Rikki when I was a sparkie apprentice at the ICC. Great voice and a great sense of humour. RIP Rikki. Ron Stewart, Woonona (now living in Japan)
Condolences to the family, love and best wishes. Rikki fought the fight may he be at peace, you deserve it. The Loghems, Balgownie
Thank you Sharon, Warilla
If you are reading this Rikki it was a pleasure to do the lighting at your shows over the years, I got paid to watch you perform, what a privilege, then to see on on stage doing shows with my son. RIP you have earned your stripes xxxx Paula Kozakiewicz, Guildford
Rest forever In Peace mate. Cal, Goulburn
Rikki, Millie and I were so blessed to know you u will long live on in our lives sleep peaceful knowing u were loved and will be missed so much Jo Davis, Tarrawanna
A fun loving man and will always be remembered xx lots of love to Jane and family Dawn Oakey, Dalmeny
Became mates with Rikki many years ago. A truly funny and wonderful guy. Alan Scott, Alabama USA
Rikki - God Bless you for the enjoyment you brought to so many people. You were highly admired - and although we were 'strangers' we shared some of the ups and downs of your cancer treatments - we certainly admired the way you fought - and knew of the love you shared with your family. As one of those who enjoyed Monday Fun Day at Penrith Panthers and who also loved your concerts - enjoy your well-earned rest - your family and the rest of the mob will never forget you. Vale` Mate Beryl and Colin Pittman, Blaxland
Thank you, Ricky, for all the happiness you gave to so many, rest peacefully. Betty Taylor, Woonona
Dear Rikki, I remember you back in the days as being Happy Harry when I was a kid. Used to bring joy to the kids of your activities and also MCing at the Robertson Bowling Club, about 10 years ago. You are a good man. Thanks for the memories of you Greg Chapman, Moss Vale, formerly of Robertson
What a great neighbour - what great barbeques! What a great friend! Janet & Peter Wheeldon, Shirley & John Murphy. Les & Gina Hall. Pat Simmonds, Warrigal Wackers
Thanks for the memories Rikki. You will be missed. RIP God Bless Sue Bennie, Balgownie
so sorry to hear this news bryan kinerson, strathpine qld 4500
this is a really sad day for the music industry and for his many friends and family bryan kinerson, strathpine qld 4500
Rest in Peace now the suffering is over. Heaven has just received a beautiful soul. A great entertainer, a true friend and an absolute privilege to have known you. A caring and thoughtful person who gave so much to the entertainment of others.Oru thoughts and prayers flow to Jane and Family. Arthur and Chris Tolland, Tweed Heads
You fought hard, you fought long, you were a legend Rikki. Condolences to your family. May you now RIP xx Yvette Haine, Nth Richmond
RIP Rikki, you will be forever remembered in the industry & we will miss your cheeky smile and beautiful voice Johanna Hemara, Tamworth
A legend has passed. We will celebrate your joyful and wonderful life. I feel privileged to have worked with you and to have performed at your benefit night. You will be greatly missed. RIP my friend. Mick On Wheels, Wollongong
RIP Tricky Rikki you legend and inspiration to all. I am deeply saddened but immensely appreciative of my friendship with Rikki and Jane. My condolences to beautiful Jane Taylour`e Tyne and families. Anny Panny, Gold Coast
So sad to hear of your passing. You had a special place in the heart of everyone that knew you and loved you Jannette and Steve Mckeig, Western Australia
What a truly remarkable & Inspirational man! I am so saddened by the news that Rikki has left us. As I write this I am taken back to the year when we performed together at the Win TV Cancer Appealathon for a young girl whom was fighting leukaemia. May your family be comforted with the knowledge that your spirit touched many far and wide! I send my deepest and sincerest condolences to your family and friends..... May your memory forever live on. Michelle (Tomlin) Esen, Mount Annan
Rikki played at the Illawarra yatch club we called him LEO SAYER he was the funniest, kindest, most talented man i ever knew and I loved him like a brother he came to port kembla surf club to sing for Peter Fishers tribute night after i called as he knew we had and were all struggling with the dreaded cancer he will be missed keep singing my friend until we meet again love ya Joey xx Joey Simpson, Port Kembla
You were always happy despite the big burden you carried. Rest in peace we love you . Robert & Trudy Adam, Mt.Warrigal
Rip Rikki you are know singing with the Angeles Lucia Gallucci, Warrawong
Your bubbly personality has left a lasting impression on us all RIP dear friend Bernadette McNamara, Port Kembla
A great bloke and a dynamite entertainer. It was always a pleasure to work with and to know Rikki. RIP mate. Ross Sampson, Werai NSW
A very nice guy will be sadly missed. Our best man, introduced me to my wife. Kevin Starling, Woonona
RIP Rikki you were an awesome happy entertainer who was adored by all so sad to hear of the loss of a kindred soul xxx Vicki Nacin, Shellharbour
Rikki you are an amazing person. A true inspiration for all, we love you so much and I would like to thank you for caring about Sarah she is soo privledged to have you as her uncle. We have met a few times and I honestly would say that you are amazing we love you so much. Tyrene Hamilton (Sarah's sister), Gwynneville/Unanderra
Rikki, you are and will always be a legend of the Australian Entertainment scene.Your passing has left a big hole in the community, even when you were down you were not out for the count, making sure that you helped those less fortunate. Thank you for being an inspiration and thank you for being you. R.I.P Happy Harry Paul Boultwood, Corrimal
We have known Rikki for many years. Once you meet Rikki he was a friend for life aways had a smile and always a gentleman. Remembering the good old soccer days. RIP Rikki Ron & Lorraine Johnston, Bulli
RIP Ricki, you were a great entertainer and a great friend to everyone who knew you, you will be sadly missed Tony & Nellie Cincotta, Croydon Park
My heart goes out to you ricky and family u were one of a kind love the song your a one man band Anne Robbie, Barrack Heights
With a smile brighter than your socks. Your vibrancy will never cease to shine in our memories and your spirit will live in the hearts of the people blessed enough to know you. We will be forever grateful for your smile and the smile you made in others. To great for this world. Sending our love and gratitude to help carry you to your next beginning. Love and condolences to the Organ family. May you legacy of love and laughter continue in the peoples lives you have touched. Much love and thoughts from the Haggartys Sally and Beatrice Haggarty, Woonona
He was one hell of a great guy and lived and enjoyed life to its fullest, always remembered in our hearts and minds, and always remembered as someone that we would like to be one day, Rest in Peace Rikki with that chior up there in the sky, God Bless, Andrew and Joy Macleod, Brownsville/Dapto
Happy trails, Rikki. My mum knew your dad as a kid in Bulli Marie Adams, Tamborine Qld
you are always a great bloke Rikki, in anything you turned your hand to you always gave your all and more at least 150% plus, Andrew and Joy Macleod, Brownsville/Dapto
Rest in Peace Brother Rikki!! I was so privileged to work and be a part of your life's journey. Joseph Macri, Edensor Park Sydney
Our thoughts are with the family, Rikki was my nan’s 3rd cousin Bridget, Dapto
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and family at this sad time. we hope the happy memories you share will help you through this sad time. RIP Rikki, Bev and Lionel Horne xx Bev Lyons, Minto
played together in east coast music for 4 years always done something that surprised me. came to our golden wedding two years ago. my daughters always called him uncle rikki. we knew it was coming but we are shattered. love you jane and your beautiful children Frank Fielding, Pottsville Beach
A beautiful man. Xx Paula 2530
RIP Rikki - you will forever be remembered by the Table of Knowledge, aka KKK, from Granville RSL. Circa 2003-4. Phil and Morag, Granville NSW
Our dear friend you loved that pink tie and wore it the minute he had it we loved him dearly such a kind soft soul Dianne Darryl, St Mary's leagues
My condolences to Rikki's family. We have lost a colourful, kind and generous man. May your star shine forever bright. Dael Page, Wollongong
U & Jane were our neighbours in Mt Warrigal Even then without you having children of ur own yet u had time to greet my boys as they walked by ur home to the busstop everday. They never forgot it & neither did we. A true gentleman even then Marinelli family, Mt Warrigal
One of the friendliest person who always remembered my wife and I whenever we ran into him.which was only on special occasions as we live in Maitland. May he rest in piece. Peter Adams, Maitland
So sad to hear :( a man with a huge heart a fantastic entertainer and such a lovely person and a great family friend for many years condolences to rikki's family Vi Tease and family Queensland
I never will forget how you kept us all entertained in and out of the classroom for all those years. What a personality and smile........always larger than life! Maree Bryan, Albion Park
rip rikki we will miss you John & Betty from Panthers Raffles, Blue Haven
Great man enjoyed life thank you Helen Miller, Port Kembla
From a old friend back in the days when we worked at Illawarra county council and then when you sang at the Wollongong ex service club for all the oldies you always had a smile on your face and always had time for everyone I always looked to you you are a credit in an inspiration to everyone that had anything to do with you rest in peace my old friend Gerry and Sue Melbertt Albion park
Rikki, someone who gave so much to so many, a heart bigger than himself. Jane & all the family we share in your loss. Jocelyn, Sutton Forest
So very sorry to hear of Rikki's passing. Bon Voyage old mate. Thank you for the many wonderful times that you entertained everyone at Penrith RSL, Rooty Hill RSL, St Mary's RSL and other venues that we had the privilege to be at whilst you performed. Rikki had a great knack of making everyone feel "special" .Our condolences to the Organ family. Clive and Margaret Connor, Emu Plains
RIP mate, we worked together on so many occasions and you were always brilliant !!! Stephen Askins, Chipping Norton
R. I. Please mate you were my great friend for over 30 years. Love you mate Craig Morgan, Newcastle
So sad to hear about my friend Rikki he was a great man and entertainer RIP Rikki to Jane and Family at this sad time my thoughts are with you Danny Mayers, Brisbane
RIp Rikki Wendy Rowe, ex-Cancer Carer, West Wollongong
Wonderful memories of you & fantastic career . Keep on singing Ricky. Glenn & Beth Byrnes, Oak Flats
A great man with a great heart. His enthusiasm will be sadly missed. Shine on my friend. Bronwyn Wood, Port Kembla
May you fly high with those angels and rest in peace .Beautiful soul. Shirley Phil Mitchell, Kununurra WA
Sorry to hear about a good bloke passing away. Always remembered Gary Woodhead, Woonona
I used to love hearing you sing while I was in bed listening to you at the bath's residence in Lake Heights. Such a beautiful man. we got to see you last year at the wollongong hospital briefly. Keep smiling mate. we will always remember you xxxxx Marina, Horsley
A great entertainer & friendly person Wendy Smith, Dapto
Death is merely an opportunity to aknowledge the person who lived, who they were and what made them special to you. In addition it is a time to pay homage to the fallen by cherishing every day moving forward, to live in honour of those that have passed before us. Seano, Woonona
I am richer for knowing him and challenged by his awsome talent and humanity what a true fighting Australian Len Pascoe, Oyster Bay
You are a true friend, mate and a great entertainer a star in many of your audience's eyes, your time has come to be a star in the sky ... far well you will be missed. Scott and Belinda You St Marys
After briefly meeting Rikki it was wonderful that he accepted to be our emcee for our wedding but unfortunately was unable to make it. I have heard so much of Rikki & can see that he will be sorely missed. Thoughts to his wife Jane, children, family, friends & ev1 who knew him. Belinda You, St Marys
you were a great friend of thirty years it was a pleasure knowing a special man phillip chapman (ELVIS to rikki), lake illawarra
Beautiful man, beautiful soul, amazing talent lost but never forgotten RIP look out heaven another Rocker in the clouds! Gai Hawthorn, Penrith CBD
I had the privilege of working with Rikki at Saints. He was a colourful character & great entertainer who was loved by patrons & staff alike. His passion and zest for life was infectious. Our lives are forever richer from having known him. Our heartfelt condolences to his family at this sad time. RIP Trickster Karen Robinson, St Marys Rugby League Club
We first met when you had a milk run in Fairy Meadow....way back then. We met again when you were an entertainer at Wests Illawarra Leagues Club.....you always made everyone smile Rikki, especially me. When I was down you would soon cheer me up. YOU inspired me, when you got sick, you never gave up and still had your lovely smile. you gave me strength, my dear friend. Thankyou. Now you are singing and dancing in Heaven. Deepest Sympathy to your Family. Rikki is shining down on us all. Christine Mackillop (nee Cherry), originally from Balgownie, Figtree
You will be sadly missed, love to Jane and the family, you know you lost a true blue Champion. Meggs and Greg Gander, Port Kennedy, Western Australia
I remember rickki entertaining us as a 16 year old at an Illawarra county council function for our apprenticeship awards night. I knew then after watching this bouncy bubbling young man was going to be an entertainer. And of course he became one. Will always be remembered. Ken Morgan, Horsley
Such a sad loss of a great guy R.I.P.Rikki Organ Vic Marinovic & Family, Woonona
This is the news I didn't want to hear. Rest in Peace Rikki. You fought an amazing battle. We love you and we will miss you. To Jane and children please accept my condolences. Lorraine & Garth Tilley, FORSTER 2428
R.I.P. Rikki such a true amazing loving and caring friend you will and are already so sadly missed your beautiful happy smile will remain with me forever all my love thoughts and prayers to Jane and the family so sadly lost but never ever will you be forgotten Karen Bragg, Fairy Meadow
To a Man who followed his passion for Music, Sharon Pearson Heath, Gold Goast, QLD
Thank you, You gave my Mum Hope !!! Sharon, Main Beach, Gold Coast
Mate we travelled in different circles after soccer but ive never forgotten you Rikki. Rest easy my good friend. See you on the other side. Peter O'Brien, Windang
Rikki we are sure you are kicking up heels and singing Piano Man or Shout. Not sure the next world know what they are in for. Rikki you were Ron's apprentice at ICC back in 1974. You nursed our daughter Kaylie and inspired our Trent to pursue his entertaining carreer. The Illawarra snd the Entertainment industry has lost one of its best. Forget RIP click those shoes and "SHOUT" FAREWELL LITTLE BUDDY. Janet and Ron Bowater, Primbee
Rikki, you were a wonderful person with a beautiful soul and a talent to brighten everyone's day. Rest in peace dear Rikki, you will be sadly missed! Pam Miller Revesby
My favourite memory of Rikki is of many years ago after another great show at Stepping Out Theatre Restaurant in Penrith where Rikki was always the star. When we left the venue there was Rikki out in the car park still in character as Jimmy Barnes singing Khe Sanh at the top of his lungs and everyone leaving joined in. It was a magical moment. I am pleased that a few months ago I got the chance to remind him of that night and he laughed and said "thanks for that happy memory love, they were good days". They were indeed. Rest in peace Rikki. Pamela Hawkins Werrington
A great loss to those who loved him and to the entertainment profession. I first met Rikki when I was hosting 'Search for a Star' and it was evident then that he was going to make a big name for himself. He was a really great & colourful personality and I will miss his warm smile & cheeky humour. Dee Donavan Bella Vista
Deepest sympathy to all of Rikki Organ's family friends and fans. Rikki was a dynamo and a born entertainer. May God rest his soul. Glenn Pearce, ventriloquist Parramatta
So sad to hear about rikki organ he was a great man my heart goes out to his family RIP Rikki xxx Simone Greenaway, Shellharbour
So sorry to hear about the loss of a loved father, husband and entertainer. Lisa Telfer-Burns, Lake Heights
rikki was a great family member of my nan going back through history rikki u will be missed my wishes to ur 2 children n ur wife Daniel Cowling, Blue Haven