Final farewell for Stuart Wagstaff, 90, at Greenwich Hospital

HammondCare extends deepest sympathy to the loved ones of well-known entertainer Stuart Wagstaff, 90, who died peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on Tuesday, March 10.

Mr Wagsatff was a legendary entertainer who starred in Australian theatre and television productions including My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. His television appearances were many but he was best-known for his comedy work on Blankety Blanks and Beauty and the Beast and most recently the ABC’s Stuart Wagstaff’s World Playhouse.

He was also very active in charity work and in 1998, was awarded the Order of Australia in 1998 for his service to the community.

Treasurer Joe Hockey, in whose Federal electorate Mr Wagstaff lived, said, "Stuart Wagstaff exemplified a very special generation of Australians. His clipped words, gentle nature, engaging smile and unwavering charm brought great delight to many Australians. He was a significant contributor to our community and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the community, particularly in raising funds for children’s medical research. He was an elegant and decent man, both on stage and off."

After initially being hospitalised in July 2014 with pulmonary fibrosis, Mr Wagstaff was cared for in his last days at HammondCare's Greenwich Hospital Palliative Care unit and had also been a long-term patient of Greenwich Community Palliative Care. Details about his memorial service are expected to be released soon.