It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent passing of Eileen Bentley. Eileen was the current president of Essendon Theatre Company, and passed away on Friday after a short battle with illness.

Eileen was present as I stepped onto a stage for the very first time in the Bradshaw Street hall many years ago, and many many times after that. The backbone of the Essendon Theatre Company for decades, she will be sadly and greatly missed by the community. Eileen's smiling face always warmed up that freezing cold hall, whether it was with a performance, during a rehearsal or just a cheeky sherry. 

Our thoughts are with husband Michael, and the family at this time.

Please feel free to post your memories of Eileen in response to this thread.