It is with great sadness that we announce today the heartbreaking news of the death of our dear friend and colleague, Louise Bentall. Louise passed away suddenly on Saturday March 25, 2017. We are stunned and devastated by this significant loss, and our thoughts are with Louise’s family and friends.
Louise was a fixture at Touchstone since 1998 and a most valued leader and mentor in her various positions with us. Most recently, she was our Bookkeeper, and held the position of General Manager for several years prior. Louise was an extraordinary force behind Touchstone, bringing us a wealth of knowledge through her decades of experience in the Arts, unparalleled financial acumen, and dedication to Touchstone’s endeavours. Louise was instrumental in helping us weather difficult times, from funding fluctuations to human resource transitions. Touchstone flourished and grew in large part due to Louise’s many contributions to our organization.
Louise also played a vital role in the planning and development of our shared rehearsal and administrative space The Post at 750, and the formation of the 110 Arts Cooperative with our partners PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, DOXA and Music on Main. Louise was a significant player in the vision and development of this facility that we all call home, and this achievement is demonstrative of Louise’s enormous contributions to not only Touchstone, but the Arts community of Vancouver.
Louise was an extraordinary woman who was loved by all who worked with her. She was a rock in our organization on which we came to rely. She was wise and insightful, always ready to provide sound advice with a thoughtful approach. Louise went above and beyond the call of duty, and was one who never expected or desired credit—truly, Louise was a hero behind the scenes. We will not only remember all the incredible contributions she has made to Touchstone, but also the one-of-a-kind friend and colleague we had in her. Louise was a joy to be around. We will miss everything about Louise, from the light and laughter she brought to the office, to the jingle of her jewellery as she walked. The office will not be the same without her, but we will draw strength and inspiration from her memory.
This is truly a great loss to Touchstone Theatre and our community as a whole. Though Louise will be profoundly missed by the countless people she has touched, her legacy will live on in the lives and art of her many friends and family members.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Louise at the Vancouver Rowing Club, 450 Stanley Park Dr., on Sunday April 9th. Doors will open at 12pm with the formal celebration to start at 1:30pm, followed by wine and mingling.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in Louise’s honour by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada at www.heartandstroke.ca. Cards for the family with remembrances of Louise are appreciated and can be mailed to
856 East 14th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5T 2N6.