The death of John Greer-Spencer earlier this month has left another sad gap in the ranks of past members of DGASS. John G-S, as we knew him, first appeared with us in our 1981 production of Patience and, if my collection of programmes is to be believed, he was a constant performer with us until our production of La Vie Parisienne in 2000. John was a stalwart member of the bass section, who could hold a bass harmony line with total accuracy and real quality. He was promoted on occasion to the rank of principal and gave numerous solo performances at our summer concerts.
John also played his part in the running of the Society and took great interest in the doings and pronouncements of the Management Committee. No AGM was complete without his contribution of searching questions and worthy suggestions. He himself served a term on the Committee as publicity manager during which he marketed a production of Sorcerer under the slogan “It’s Magic!”.
John was, by nature, a serious man who committed himself fully to any task or cause he undertook and we in DGASS were lucky that he chose to serve and support our Society with that customary dedication.
The sympathy of all of us who knew him goes out to his widow, Geraldine, and to his wider family.
The photograph above, from Mary Kidd’s collection, shows John in the 1989 production of Pirates. If you look at the group photograph below, you’ll see Bill Tulloch at the bottom right, just in front of the inimitable Sid Jane – it was just after after the first Red Nose Day, and the producer was not best pleased to see a red nose on stage!