RICHARD GE­ORGE MEECH

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

April 23, 1 954 – Septem­ber 29, 2018 There are no words that can cap­ture the heartache of watch­ing a star­lit per­son slip through your fin­gers. Richard Ge­orge Meech was a hum­ble, hand­some, Har­vard­e­d­u­cated man, full to the brim with heart, hu­mour and grace. Driven by pas­sion for wis­dom, for the in­ner spirit, and for the el­e­va­tion of the soul, Richard was en­rap­tured with the great mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse, the won­der of its gar­den planet and the sa­cred na­ture of all be­ings. Blue eyes twin­kled when he woke and never stopped. In ev­ery mo­ment and ev­ery en­counter there was cu­rios­ity and joy. His mas­tery was the art of liv­ing. Richard’s col­leagues couldn’t wait to em­bark on new projects, new ad­ven­tures with him. He led bike trips through Europe decades ago that par­tic­i­pants are still talk­ing about – how can one for­get glee­ful, mad­cap, toga-clad dips in the Trevi Foun­tain? Three years ago, af­ter many suc­cess­ful years as a cut­tingedge pro­ducer/direc­tor of doc­u­men­tary films, Richard moved from Toronto to Salt Spring Is­land, B.C., with his lov­ing part­ner of 24 years, Kathryn Jill Rigby. They started new lives. Changed their pri­or­i­ties. Con­ceived pas­sion projects that ranged from sav­ing or­cas to heal­ing the planet. Be­tween them, there were no lim­its to what could be ac­com­plished. But a rou­tine prostate biopsy on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26, re­sulted in urosep­sis and within 48 hours, the light of many peo­ple’s lives was ex­tin­guished. Im­me­di­ate fam­ily, Su­san Meech and Craig Miller of Toronto; Sarah/ Sally Meech and Kurt Han­z­lik, Dubai; Peter Meech, Los An­ge­les; and Nan Meech and Sava Tatic ´ in Prague are all in dis­be­lief. Adored nieces, neph­ews and in-laws, Maddy and Nathalie Han­z­lik-Meech; Rade Meech-Tatic; ´ Tom, Wendy, Ken­zie, Olivia and Kee­gan Rigby of Toronto; Penny, Peter, Tom and Anna Ly­don of Winch­ester, U.K.; Sally Rigby, Katie and Stephanie Don­ald­son of West Van­cou­ver, B.C., will never for­get their play­ful un­cle and cher­ished brother-in-law. Joan Ste­wart Rigby Clarke, 89, lived for laugh­ter-filled vis­its with her trea­sured son-in-law. Richard’s own beloved mother Carol Meech sud­denly passed away just weeks ago on Septem­ber 12th. Decades-old friends are bereft. New is­land friends are at a loss. A fuller obit­u­ary will be pub­lished at a later date. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Richard’s life will be held in Toronto in De­cem­ber. De­tails will fol­low. Con­do­lences, pho­tographs, mem­o­ries may be for­warded to fam­ily mem­bers at meechan­drigby@gmail.com.

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