Much Loved Columnist Gipp Forster Dies
We are greatly saddened by the death of our friend and Senior Living columnist Gipp Forster, who passed away on April 15, 2013.
We made Gipp's acquaintance about 16 or so years ago when we moved from Alberta to BC so that my husband Barry (Senior LIving's co-publisher) could take on a position at the Mustard Seed, a street church and food bank founded by Gipp. Some years later, in 2004, I created Senior Living magazine. Already knowing Gipp's gift as a writer, I asked him if he'd write a monthly column. I felt it would be a perfect outlet for his many stories and insights. And so it has proven to be! And much more...for we can never begin to count the number of lives he touched or the chuckles he invoked...
And then there were the aha moments... when he would put his finger on a memory or thought that just resonated so deeply that you could touch, smell, hear, feel or visualize it with such clarity it was almost like you were there with him in that moment. That was the greater gift that Gipp gave all of us - the ability to laugh at life, to not take ourselves so serious, and to appreciate everything in life - no matter how big or small. To taste the favour of living and savour it to the last drop!
Thank you, Gipp, for your passionate being-ness. We are more enriched because of the life you lived here on earth. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Gipp has written a special column that he asked us to run after his death. We will publish it in May.
Meanwhile, if you wish to express your thoughts about Gipp to Donna, his wife, you can do so by commenting below this blog. Or you may do one of the following:
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail us at: Senior Living, 153, 1581-H Hillside Ave., Victoria BC V8T 2C1
We will be happy to pass all your correspondence along to Donna Forster.
A memorial will be held for Gipp on April 26, 2013 at 1:30pm at Gateway Baptist Church, 898 Royal Oak Avenue, Victoria BC