On Sunday, we celebrated Richard’s (aka TLO) life with family and friends in St. Louis. I’m sharing with you a lovely tribute to Richard by our good friend, Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Chair of the Music Department at
Webster Universtiy. Thank you Jeff for your kind words and remembrance of Richard in such a special way!

Chris (left), and Richard. Chris (left), and Richard.

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at my second memorial service in two weeks’ time.

The occasion?  A celebration of the life of Richard Schiffer, the partner of my dear friend Chris MacLellan.  Richard, aged 83, died seven weeks ago after a years-long diagnosis of cancer.

The Sun-Sentinel, a Fort Lauderdale paper, chronicled the couple’s last months.  The story has now gone ’round the world. The article is so worth a read.  Read it here.

Here are my comments from yesterday’s gathering:

Chris, I’m so glad you asked me to share a few words today about Sofia . . . AKA Richard . . . AKA Bernard.

I knew Richard as your partner and friend, and of course I immensely liked Richard because of his encyclopaedic knowledge of musical theatre. That you and he were together was icing on the considerable cake.


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  1. Harrietp107

    Hi Chris, Thanks so much. I enjoyed Dr. Jeffrey Carters’ comments. You may recall that Richard and I spoke about theater and that he took me to a ballet a LONG time ago.As you must know he lived VERY near Lincoln center, many years ago. Things were SO different. I am so very happy that you found each other.. You are quite amazing.Richard was so fortunate to find you and I continue to appreciate that. love, Harriet


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