The EAW stalwart and one of pro-audio’s most respected and well-liked individuals, Moray McMillin, has passed away aged 58 after a long battle with cancer.
Born on 20 July 1953, McMillin started his audio career working with the Kinks and UK sound rental company Tasco. By 1980, he had crossed the Atlantic to work as a producer with Black Sabbath, Saxon and a solo Ozzy Osbourne.
This formative period culminated with McMillin’s appointment as a FOH engineer on Motörhead’s Ace of Spades tour. He subsequently returned to the UK as a freelance engineer and took up FOH duties with bands such as Siouxsie & the Banshees and Whitesnake.
But it was as Deep Purple’s engineer over a 10-year period that Moray made his greatest impact, traversing the globe many times with an EAW loudspeaker system in tow. Subsequently, his fondness for the EAW brand led him to take up a role in the brand’s UK sales office in 2005. Several years later, he joined EAW’s Application Support Group as EMEA representative.
Diagnosed with cancer in early 2010, McMillin fought his illness through both homeopathic and conventional methods. The ensuing period saw McMillin draw strength from his friendship with fellow cancer sufferer and Black Sabbath band member Ronnie James Dio; McMillin was closely involved with the arrangements for Dio’s funeral in Los Angeles last year, which included a live concert by Queensrÿche.
EAW president Jeff Rocha commented: “We are all just devastated. Moray was one of the unforgettable characters that make up this industry and a consummate professional. He was a true friend, one of those people you can’t help but want to spend time with. So full of life… I’m heartbroken.”
McMillin is survived by his wife Antonella and two sons. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to: The Hospice of Saint Francis Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 3GW; www.stfrancis.org.uk; 01442 869553.
The funeral takes place this Wednesday (28 September) at 2.30pm: The Church of St. Nicholas, Church Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TP.