RICHTER, Elizabeth Gale
September 24, 1944 — May 3, 2020
Elizabeth passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Kelowna, BC. Born September 24, 1944, in Toronto, she was the only child of the late Maxine and Allan Watson. She leaves, Gerd, her loving husband of 51 years; son Kevin (Megan O’Neill) and 2 grandchildren Sara and Tommy; and daughter Laura (Darren Buschel) and 2 grandchildren Nathaniel and Hannah. She also leaves many friends from her 23 happy years primarily as Props Coordinator in the community theatre circuit with Etobicoke Musical Productions in Toronto. Gale occasionally appeared on stage in musicals such as Grand Hotel (Elizaveta Grushinskaya), Me and My Girl (Duchess of Dene), Steel Magnolias, and a scruffy prisoner in Don Quixote. As a child, her family spent summers on the Toronto islands, moving there while school was still in session. This taught her the value of being on time so she wouldn’t miss the ferry in the morning.
Gale worked at a law firm until she met her husband who took her away from all that only to be turned into a (fine) homemaker for her family. She later worked at the U of T Mississauga campus for many years as Conference Manager, retiring in 2010. During the 80’s Gale was also a member of the National Ballet Volunteer Committee at one time serving as membership and projects chairman. She laughed a lot and made others laugh and welcomed anyone into her heart. She radiated love, light, and laughter. She will miss the Spring, but more than anything, the colours of Fall in Ontario.
Gale will be cremated at the Springfield Funeral home in Kelowna. BC. Contributions in memory of Gale may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca. Due to Covid-19 restrictions at this time, no service will be held; A celebration of life will be planned for a later date. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!)