Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Neville Russell, who commenced at the World Theatre when it first opened in 1996, passed away after a short illness in the Townsville General Hospital on Saturday 22nd Feb.

Neville had commenced as Assistant Manager, later becoming Manager until his retirement several years ago. He stayed on at the World in a part time capacity looking after reservations, live theatre sales, accounts payable, and in many instances, foyer management of events and live presentations.

Ken Robbins,Controller of Theatre Operations for Entertainment Services, the company who manages the World Theatre, is full of praise for Mr Russell, who he states gave loyal and outstanding service to the theatre, the community and his employer. The theatre has hosted many events of significant benefit to the community, that resulted from his instigation. We have received, even at this early stage, many messages of sympathy from film distributors and theatrical producers who have dealt with him over the years. All of us at the World will miss him. Our sympathy is extended to his family.

Neville’s funeral will be Friday 28th Feb,with a gathering to remember him at the World Theatre afterwards. Please see the family notices for details. He is survived by his wife and their two children.

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