John Ellis, who was in the Play Reading Group and was a member of Coin Collectors and the former Armchair Traveller Group, passed away in Melbourne on November 30th. John was involved in many organisations in Benalla including Legacy, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Benalla Theatre Company. He also had many friends within the Catholic Church in Benalla. Our sympathy is extended to his wife Janice who is also a member of U3A Benalla.
Mel Jeffree passed away on 2nd December in Benalla. Mel for three years organised the music for his wife Helen’s Exercises for Fun, which has been conducted on a Monday morning since 2018. Mel always had a great smile and a few words for all the participants of Exercises for Fun, and readily joined in the frivolities of being saluted by the group as they went through the marching exercises. Due to ill health Mel has not been in charge of the music for the past 18 months. However, he did come to the Get Online lunch in October and enjoyed seeing everyone there. Our sympathy is extended to Helen on her loss of Mel.