Most will remember Greg Ham for the all-conquering melodies he made with Men at Work, but it's the warmth, compassion and wit behind the music his family and friends will miss.
Radio host and former Skyhooks guitarist Red Symons, Men at Work bass player John Rees and actor-comedian Kim Gyngell were among more than 300 mourners who packed the Fitzroy Town Hall on Wednesday to farewell the musician, who died at his Carlton home aged 58 on April 19.
Fittingly, Ham's memorial was filled with music.
Men at Work frontman Colin Hay, despite being on tour in the USA, penned a song specially for Ham, which was screened at the funeral.
"I'm blue for you, I'm blue for you, I don't know what to do," Hay sang in his powerful voice as he strummed an acoustic guitar.
Saxophonist Wilbur Wilde, of Hey Hey it's Saturday fame, played a haunting rendition of Jules Massenet's melancholy Meditation on the stage beside Ham's coffin.
Ham's ex-wife, Linda "Toots" Wostry, told mourners her partner of 19 years - and long-time friend - had been loyal, loving and generous to a fault, and was devoted to their children, Max and Camille.
She said Ham spiralled into depression and anxiety following a court's finding in 2010 that his signature flute riff in the Men at Work smash hit Down Under was copied from the children's song Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.
"I personally couldn't fathom how playing a fragment of a melody in a jazz context, known as 'quoting', is considered the height of musical wit, while in a rock context, it becomes plagiarism," she said.
"Perhaps it has something to do with perceiving revenue to be had."
Despite the dizzying international success Men at Work achieved during the 1980s, Ham always remained grounded and never let fame go to his head, she said.
Ms Wostry said Ham was now free of his personal demons, adding, "I believe he's at peace now."
Linda Carroll, who worked alongside Ham with Victorian non-profit youth music organisation The Push, said Ham was a quirky, kind, enormously talented man who was "simply one in a million".
Greg Scealy, who played with Ham in Miss Dorothy And His Fools In Love, wept as he recalled his former bandmate's humour, humility and tireless devotion to supporting young, aspiring musicians.
"He wasn't like a pop star who lived in the past. He was just a musician who lived in the now and whose talent had brought him success, and he was realistic about that," Mr Scealy said.
A poignant poem by friend Kelvin McQueen said Ham's musical prowess had touched millions of lives.
"The music you played has stayed deep in our psyche, deep in our brain, ever to remain," he said.
A brass quartet brought an upbeat end to the funeral, playing merry jazz as Ham's coffin was carried from the hall.
A dove was released from the steps of the hall, and hundreds formed a guard of honour along Napier Street as Ham's coffin was driven to the Melbourne General Cemetery for a private burial.