It is with heavy hearts we share the sad news that our valued member Don Black passed away earlier this week. He was 72.
Funeral Friday 18 August at 1.30pm Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong South.
Don will forever be remembered by those that knew him as a welcoming and enthusiastic member of not only Gemco but our entire hills community. He threw himself into numerous creative and social endeavours and his presence will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
He was the first to welcome anyone that entered the Gem with a smile and friendly greeting, offering help wherever he could. Don was a great supporter of the arts for all ages, attending many shows by local groups and assisting in our youth theatre program. You would be hard pressed to find a more prolific performer in recent years.
Although Don has lived with chronic ill health for the last 20 years he never allowed it to dampen his spirit and he would always be there with a ready smile and a bit of a joke. His energy and passion will be sorely missed. He loved and was loved by all. Always in our hearts.
Your Gemco family x
Don's Involvement in Theatre and more
Under Milk Wood - 2014 - Mr Pritchard
Behind the Face - One Act Play festivals 2014 - Adjudicators Award - chutzpah for a solo piece and a mime
Maskerade 2014 - Mr Pounder and Ensemble
While Their Names are Still Spoken 2015 - Stage Manager
Canterbury Tales 2016
- The Steward and Placebo
Take Ten 2016 - Director of "Whistler and his Mother" and Steve in "Selling Point"
The Last Bread Pudding - One Act Play festivals 2016 - Phil
Adjudicators Award - for silent character
Kyneton One Act Play Festival 2016 - Best Monologue: Don Black for “To the Western Front” (Gemco Players)
Monologuies 2016 - Julius Caesar and To the Western Front
Moon Over Buffalo 2016 - The Basin Theatre Group
Day Out with Thomas 2016/2017 - Sir Topham Hat
Macbeth 2017 - Ensemble
Take Ten 2017 - He played a horse in "Flight of the Cows" and made his costume out of a onsie and a dinosaur costume
Open Stage - Don always attended and was a keen supporter of Carol McCoy and Ted Horton. He often presented the most surprising and polished sketches even if he'd only found it that afternoon.
Youth Group Leader since 2015
Gemco Players Committee Member 2014-2016
An enthusiastic interviewee, promoting all our shows and was keen to get his own slot, which was achieved only last week
Space Captain Smith 2017 - Neil, Announcer, Ghast, Guard