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Eric Allen Robinson, who worked with Elton many years ago, passed away on November 11.

He was one of the owners of JANDS. The 67-year-old had been suffering from prostate cancer.

Together with his partners, Robinson grew JANDS from a small lighting rental business, in the early 1970s, to become a diverse group of companies that now provide rental, installation, manufacturing and sales of professional audio and lighting equipment.

Eric was the longtime CEO of Jands Production Services and more recently JPJ Audio but over the last 45 years he also acted as Production Manager for some of the most innovative and memorable entertainment events held in Australia.

At the Helpmann Awards in July, his exceptional service to the Australian live performance industry was recognised when he received the 2015 Sue Nattrass Award. His experiences included working on early tours by Elton, ABBA and Fleetwood Mac.

In Port Douglas on Wednesday, the likes of Jimmy Barnes and Philip Jacobsen joined former retired promoter Patti Mostyn (whose former clients and close friends once included Elton) to bid farewell to her husband. Barnes sang When The War Is Over inside the St Marys By The Sea chapel, while tributes from Sting, Billy Joel and Elton’s former manager, John Reid, were read out.

Robinson is survived by Mostyn and their daughter, Tara.