AIDS educator Mike Sinclair, who died early yesterday morning, had told friends he wanted his ashes scattered in the waters of Hong Kong, the place he regarded as home. The Scotland-born former dentist, who was the first person in Hong Kong to publicly admit he was carrying the AIDS virus, was suffering from pneumonia and an atypical form of tuberculosis in his last weeks. He was 43. Friends said he died 'very peacefully'. 'It was just like he was asleep,' said close friend Sheri Dorfman. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at St John's Cathedral. Friends said Sinclair had personally spoken to the dean of St John's and had chosen what passage he wanted read and what music he wanted played. Sinclair, who was the organiser of the Comedy Club, had 'even planned an element of surprise' for friends who attended the service. 'I don't want to spoil it, but when he told me details about the service, I laughed. It was typical of him to still keep a sense of humour,' said Mrs Dorfman. AIDS Concern spokesman Dr Vincent Lam yesterday praised Sinclair's 'no nonsense approach' to AIDS education and AIDS awareness in Hong Kong. 'His death is certainly a loss to Hong Kong . . . he was a very good human being, a good AIDS educator,' Dr Lam said.