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Friends, family say final aloha to Jimmy Borges

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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Friends and family of Jimmy Borges gathered in Waikiki to scatter his ashes and bid one final aloha to the musical icon.

"Don't be unhappy because he's gone. Be happy because he was here," said promoter and longtime friend Tom Moffatt.

"He was a wonderful musician and showman who lit up any audience, millions of people around the world have experienced the power of his music," added Governor David Ige.

Earlier in the morning, Borges wife Vicki and daughter Steffanie paddled from Waikiki beach to lay his ashes to rest.

"I understand that when they went to spread Jimmy's ashes, after the ashes were spread, the surf calmed, got quiet," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Caldwell said he will always remember Borges kindness, especially in times like these.

The mayor was referring to Saturday's terror attack at an Orlando club, where 50 people were killed.

"And I think it means much to me today because of the horrific acts that happened yesterday in Orlando. More Jimmy Borges on the planet there would be more love, less hate, more acceptance, less division," said Caldwell.

Along with noted political figures such as former Gov. Ben Cayetano and former Mayor Peter Carlisle,  a number of musicians paid homage to Borges.

"Jimmy was one of the few entertainers in my life who took me to the side as a 16-year-old kid to share with me his knowledge about the music industry," said former pop singer Glenn Medeiros, now president of St. Louis School.


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