travelling north for andrew

The death of a dear man, Andrew Thomson, has rocked the Sunshine Coast Theatre community. Volunteer of the Year in 2010 at Noosa Arts Theatre and stage manager extraordinaire, Andrew lapsed into unconsciousness very early yesterday (Tuesday) morning in Buderim, after his brief battle with that cruel monster, Cancer. It was his birthday. He was 57 years old. His specialists are baffled. Diana and the family are left heartbroken. Andrew’s health deteriorated so very quickly. The following message is from Di…


We read him lots of messages from you all and held the phone to his ear so he could hear the messages of love from family who couldn’t make it in time.
How could it all happen so quickly?  Even his 3 specialists are baffled and upset.  It was only a week ago that we were given the bad news.  There was still so much that I needed to talk to him about, to ask his advice on, to share with him.  But even so, I am grateful beyond words that his suffering was as short lived as possible.
There will be a ceremony to celebrate his life at Drysdale Funerals in Tewantin at 2pm on Wednesday 11 April. 
Andrew – we all loved you so much.  You will be in our hearts forever.

Recipients of the inaugural Rod Taylor Memorial Flower Pot Award (Volunteers of the Year) 2010, Diana and Andrew with Stephen Moore at Noosa Arts Theatre

Andrew was so loved by so many. He had an incredible effect on everybody with whom he came into contact. My Facebook feed has been flooded with outpourings of grief and gratitude for a sweet soul, a beautiful man, a wonderful friend and a good mate. He will be fondly remembered and dreadfully missed. Tonight will certainly be a different sort of Opening Night. The hardest yet. And Noosa Arts Theatre will, indeed, seem emptier without Andrew in the wings.


A very sad day indeed, the whole theatre community has lost a true gentleman and a wonderful friend. Our love and wishes go to Di and family.

– Sam Coward, President, Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance


We dedicated the preview performance of Travelling North to Andrew on Monday night. I’m dedicating the entire season to Andrew, at least my part in it, which is only small. This one was somehow never for me anyway.


Susan Dearnley, Andrew, Diana and Yvie Somerville at Noosa Arts Theatre


“In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life” 
― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook



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