Stories of Singapore's Musicians Yesterday and Today:
Memories Of The Last Visit And Last Farewell.
Ivor Lesslar and I paid a visit to Donald Thaver's home. It was a rainy day when we arrived, Donald was seated on his sofa fronting the main door. He was expecting us. He had not been well at all. He greeted me with a smile and I moved forward to shake his hand.
We chatted a while after which Anita Thaver, Donald's daughter, showed me around her beautiful home. When I returned to take my seat again, our conversation got a bit more serious as we discussed his health issues and what was happening to him.
Since he was unwell we decided not to overstay the welcome. We bade him goodbye and said that we will see each other again. He looked at me straight in the eyes as we shook hands, smiled and said he did not think so.
Wednesday, 5th October 2016:
The article was published and within 6 hours, from publication time at 3.15 pm to 9.00 pm, the story shot from zero position on, Favourites Top 10 Posts of the Week to first position on the blog. Undoubtedly a testimony to Donald Thaver's popularity! I was so glad that he got to read the published article.
Exactly ten days later Donald Thaver left for his Peace in the Valley. The news of Donald Thaver's passing spread like wildfire within the small Singapore music circle. Family and friends visited. Many friends, relatives, media and music personalities paid their last respect. Donald knew full well who was present.
Near the closing of the final night, Anita Thaver thanked everyone for their prayers and support throughout the difficult period for her family. She then told everyone that it was Donald's wish to have his buddy Ivor Lesslar play one of his favourite Shadows numbers, Theme From Deer Hunter, Cavatina, during the party. Ivor played the piece beautifully.
Thursday, 20th October, 2016
Indeed the guitar was a part of his very existence! The two put together was magic. They have brought comfort, happiness and tears to countless people who enjoyed their brand of music, people whom they will never get to know personally but nonetheless have met in spirit through their music.