Gordon Mantle passed away after a short battle with cancer on April 23 in Peace Arch Hospital.
He was a long time Theatre BC member and board member, and cheerleader extraordinare for the Greater Vancouver Zone. He was also a long time board member for the Community Theatre Coalition and the White Rock Players Club. He was an actor, sound designer and well-loved stage manager. Gord inspired all newbies that joined the community theatre fold. An avid photographer, he often posted his morning photos of his beloved White Rock Pier.
A message from Fred Partridge, President White Rock Players’ Club:
“The White Rock Players’ Club is sad to announce the passing of Gord Mantle; one of our longest-serving Board members. Gord passed away peacefully on Monday April 23rd after a brief stay in hospital. Gord was a dedicated lover of theatre and was involved with many other theatre clubs and organizations in addition to the WRPC. He maintained a busy schedule, attending countless productions all over the lower mainland, and of course, his trips to see Broadway shows in New York City. Gord’s history with the Players’ Club goes back to the 1970s, and he was a amazing resource when it came to Club history. At one time or another, Gord was involved with every facet of the production of a play and he was the go-to person for people new to theatrical productions. His knowledge was only over-shadowed by his kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness – he was a rare gift to our Club and to all that knew him. We will all miss him.”
The community theatre world has lost another great soul.