Carolyn (Cally) Tripp

Carolyn (Cally) Tripp

Tuesday, January 28th, 1941 - Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Carolyn M. (Cally) Tripp, peacefully at Brockville General Hospital, on January 27, 2021, one day short of her 80th birthday. The widow of the late Roger C. Tripp (2001), she was a retired teacher and two-time member of the Brockville & Area Performing Arts Hall of Fame. She may be remembered for such roles as staring as Anna with Roger as the King in The King and I musical and for a dramatic turn in Waiting for the Parade. Her great love was vocal collaboration and most recently she sang with the Thousand Islanders Chorus, her beloved quartet Please Stay Tuned with Chris, Gidget and Debbie and the choir The Belles of St. Mary. Until the past couple of years, she was an avid traveller to places all over the world. She has visited everywhere including going on safari in Africa, seeing the pyramids at Giza, taking a cruise through the Panama Canal and attending film festivals all over Europe - one of her favourites being in San Sebastien, Spain.
She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Sechi (Steve) of Brockville, Ontario, Karalyn Clark (David) of Las Vegas, Nevada and her two grandchildren Claire and Henry Sechi. She is also survived by many extended family: her brother Al Alford (Wanda) of St Albert, Alberta, sister-in-law June Alford (late Peter) of Cochrane, Alberta, sister-in-law Robyn Tripp-Friesen (Carl) of Whitehorse, Yukon, brother-in-law Eric Tripp (Carol) of Edmonton, Alberta, sister-in-law Sue Tripp (late Cliff) of Alymer, Quebec, brother-in-law Steve Tripp (Janet) of West Palm Beach, Florida, sister-in-law Lissa Verkerk (Ron) of Verona, Ontario, sister-in-law Cathy Davies (Preston) of Duncan, British Columbia as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by lifelong friends Phil & Eleanor Joughin of Burnaby, British Columbia and Del & Donna Wolsey of London, Ontario.
Cally never met a song she didn’t like to sing along and connecting with people through music was her joy. She always had a song in her heart and her favourite recent motto was “Be strong. And sing your own song.”

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no funeral or service. A Celebration of Life will be held when gathering and travelling are permitted.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Cally’s name to the Palliative Care program at the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by her family.

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Karen Koivumaki

Posted at 04:49pm
Mother Teresa once said, “every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person.” Our spunky Cally knew how to share her smile and words to make people feel welcomed and accepted into the Thousand Islanders. She will forever be a treasure in our chest of memories.......Karen Koivumaki

Linda Woods

Posted at 01:28pm
My deepest sympathy to Jennifer and Karalyn and your families. I was saddened to learn of Cally's passing. She was such a bright light. Always approaching life in such a positive way, encouraging and bringing smiles to everyone she met. She will be met in so many ways. Thoughts are with you but memories will live on.
Linda Woods

Mary Ellen Stoll

Posted at 12:23pm
Cally was so important to many of us in the lead section of the Thousand Islanders Chorus. She encouraged, mentored, taught and coached and acted as a shining example of how to be a consummate lead.
And all the while smiling, laughing and having fun.

To honour her and to keep improving —as Cally always wanted —we will all need to step up our game. She will be on my shoulder always when I am singing.

For now my heart has a huge hole in it. Condolences to her family and as you must know -- Cally was loved by so many.

Debbie Gay

Posted at 02:40pm
Tribute to Cally Tripp from her friends of The Thousand Islanders Chorus

We accumulate many precious memories along life’s road,
And when grief befalls, they can help to lighten the load.
Our fond memories of Cally Tripp are deep in our hearts,
From gathering to sing in harmony with all the four parts.
Cally was a calm leader, very encouraging, and enthusiastic;
Her performance of our repertoire was always fantastic!
Her demeanour, when telling a story, each time she would sing
Helped all of us to improve, and try to make our chords ring.
We are all truly thankful for the skills she kindly did share;
Her teaching talents were unique, and she did sincerely care.
Her smile and sense of humour were so delightful to receive,
Along with her positive attitude, she taught us how to believe.
The days ahead will be challenging for every one of us we know;
But Cally would want us singing, so the T.I.’s can flourish, and grow.

Composed by Ruth Dukelow

Chris Schroeder

Posted at 12:09pm
Cally was a source of joy with her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of music. Our rehearsals were full of stories, laughter and four part harmony. As a foursome we had a wonderful rapport and became very close friends over our six years together. Our lives have a Cally-sized hole in them, but our memories – and our hearts - are full. Cally, we will always miss you tremendously, but we cherish the time we had together. Debbie, Gidget, and Chris of Please Stay Tuned

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