Some sad news today. I just learned that long-time Alumnae member and theatre colleague Lindsay Empringham (pictured, left, with Dinah Watts in her last role at Alumnae: Professor E.M. Ashford in Wit) died on Tuesday.
There are notices in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home – A.W. Miles Chapel, (1403 Bayview Avenue, south of Davisville) from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday January 21st. A service in celebration of Lindsay’s life will be held at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 mount Pleasant Road, on Saturday, January 22nd at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Lindsay’s name to: The Beaverton town Hall Players, the Alumnae Theatre or Perram House. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through: www.humphreymiles.com
I met Lindsay years ago, in a production of The Women with the Village Players, and enjoyed working with her very much. I was amazed at her physical and emotional courage and strength while living with her illness – and, especially, acting in a play like Wit, which put things very close to home for her. During the photo shoot when this picture was taken, we were all a bit tired and punchy – and she cracked us all up by reading the chapter from The Runaway Bunny that had been edited from the play: a bit where the mother told her child that she’d become the wind and “blow you.” I still have the tiny upholstered chair she gave me (a different one to each of us in the cast) as a memento of that production.
Thoughts go out to her family and friends. Lindsay will be missed.