A ROLL CALL of Australia's business, sporting, political and entertainment elite have paid tribute to the life of the Sydney financier David Coe.
A key figure in Sydney's tight-knit business establishment, the turnout of more than 1200 mourners on Tuesday for Mr Coe's memorial service in Sydney reinforced the point from one of his three sons that their father had ''lived 10 lifetimes in his 58 years''.
But it did not go without notice at the service at Sydney Grammar School that the collapse in 2008 of the finance company he chaired, Allco Finance Group, had traumatised the former high-flyer.
The cross-section of people who arrived to remember the man they knew as ''Coey'' was testament to the breadth of his interests and gregarious nature. They included the former prime minister John Howard, the cricketers Michael Clarke, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne, the actor Russell Crowe, the INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly and the broadcaster Alan Jones.
The Wallaby great Michael Lynagh said Mr Coe had ''tough and stressful times but he dealt with adversity as he did with triumph'', and after ''these difficult times people stood by him''.
''This demonstrates what sort of person David was - his friends did not desert him,'' he told mourners. He recalled how Mr Coe had visited him in Brisbane last year after he had a stroke.
''I said I was lucky to be here,'' Lynagh recalled. '''No', he said, 'you're lucky not because you're physically ill but because you are alive to hear people say they care about you'.''
A close South African friend, Paul Harris, said Mr Coe was a team player in business but was traumatised by what occurred during the global financial crisis.
''In fairness to him, he was not alone. It was a crisis precisely because the whole world got it wrong and didn't see it coming,'' he said.
''He cared so it took a toll on him. The way his friends stood beside him is testament to what a great person Coey was.''
The collapse in November 2008 of Allco, owing $1.1 billion, became one of the most high-profile failures of a raft of Australian companies during the financial crisis.
The turn-out for the memorial for Mr Coe was noticeable for the vast cross-section of people from Australian society.
High-profile members of the business community in attendance included the Seven Group Holdings executive director, David Leckie, the David Jones chairman, Peter Mason, the former PBL boss Peter Yates, the former Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon and the Future Fund chairman, David Gonski.
Other business leaders at the service included the Ramsay Health Care chairman, Paul Ramsay, the chief financial officer of Leighton, Peter Gregg, the chairwoman of QBE, Belinda Hutchinson, the former Allco deputy chairman Bob Mansfield, the former Allco finance director Gordon Fell and the managing partner of TPG, Ben Gray.
Wallabies greats included Phil Kearns, Tim Horan, John Eales, George Gregan and Simon Poidevin, while the cricket commentator Mark Nicholas, the Channel Nine presenter Richard Wilkins and the top Sydney chef Neil Perry were also among the mourners.
Mr Coe, 58, died suddenly last month while on a skiing holiday in Aspen, Colorado.