Earlier this week we received the devastating news that on Thursday 28th May, our Founding Chairman, Maurice Spillane, sadly passed away, losing a 6-month battle with cancer.
Maurice was the Chairman of Perth Symphony Orchestra from 2014 – 2018 and his love of the orchestra, its staff and musicians was unflinching. He was a close and dear friend to CEO Bourby Webster, providing support and mentorship long before Perth Symphony formed.
On hearing of his passing, Bourby shared;
“Maurice put people before business. To him, the music, the vision, the people would always be the most important thing.”
Maurice was one of the first people I met when I arrived in Perth 20 years ago and became almost like family to me. His unwavering support of me personally and determination to see PSO become sustainable is why we are here today.
We are the lucky ones as we had the privilege of knowing him and having his wisdom, loyalty, humour and warmth on a regular basis.”
Maurice was vibrant and full of life, a regular participant in the Rottnest Swim, always had a story to tell about recent kite surfing trips with friends. He was part of so many communities and clubs – from North Cott SLSC to the Twilight Sailing group at Freshwater Bay. He absolutely loved the water and could regularly be seen going for an early morning dip at Cottesloe beach.
From everyone here at Perth Symphony, Maurice, you will be terribly missed but never forgotten. Perth Symphony is indebted to you.