On Thursday 8 October 2020, Marcus Bower, former colleague, teacher, mentor, producer and friend passed away peacefully at home with his wife, Suzie, and son, Dom, by his side. As many of our community will know Marcus has been stoically battling cancer over the last six years, undergoing 11 operations over that period, never complaining and with his sense of humour ever present.
Marcus arrived at Scotch Oakburn in 1985 and made the decision to retire from the profession he has given so much of his life to in 2017. He was formally farewelled at the College later that year.
Throughout Marcus’ time at the College he was a highly respected English, Humanities and Performing Arts teacher. Beyond the classroom, the first productions he directed were in the Mary Fox Hall, then moving to ‘The Little Theatre in Ravenscraig, and since the early 2000’s he led the cast and crew in the Horton Auditorium, which saw such productions as Grease, Footloose and Back to the Eighties.
Marcus was also our announcer at House carnivals where his turn of phrase and quick wit made it a joy, simply to sit, watch and importantly, to listen to what was happening.
For 50 years Marcus wrote, directed, produced, acted in, and reviewed theatre across the state. In February 2019 Marcus was duly recognised by the Tasmanian Theatre for those years of service, being awarded the Tasmanian Theatre Awards’ (The Errols) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Upon his retirement from Scotch Oakburn, Marcus was celebrated in the 2017 Summer edition of Focus and the final paragraph of that article sums up his impact on us all perfectly: Marcus’ ability to nail an impersonation, tell a joke or ‘work the room’ are all legendary at Scotch Oakburn. He has been a passionate educator, an advocate for the Arts and a good friend.
His infectious humour, quick wit and energy will be greatly missed by us all.