Rest in Peace Darling Friend, Sarah Rippetoe…aka ‘Sharey Sarey’.

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My Sarah finally lost her battle to brain cancer on the 28th, surrounded by her amazing children, loving family and her absolutely incredible husband Grant.

Boy was I lucky to know her.  Sarah & I met in NY as I had sent my art portfolio to her ballet shop in Scarsdale, a few weeks or so prior to my arriving there in 1999.  We arranged to meet for the folio handover in a bar on Union Square and 6 cocktails in, I knew we were going to be in each others lives forever.

Sarah possessed a magical potion, which looking back was probably the elixir of life.  It was a mix of being utterly stunningly beautiful to look at and then her even more beautiful nature.  Sarah was a basic hippie mixed with a deep appreciation of the good things in life.  She possessed a smile that would warm the cockles of anyone that was near her, had an ability to actually be the party and she was single-handedly my personal tutor in how to devour life, not just live it.  Always a MASSIVE supporter of my painting & drawing, Sarah pushed me at times to produce new works that I had no idea I could, her feedback was always welcome.

Sarah didn’t just work at the ballet shop in Scarsdale, she bought the shop and I think this sums her up for me.  Totally unafraid of life, Sarah charged through it with love and thankfulness at the forefront of her mind.

Marriage & motherhood arrived for us, her first born arrived a week before my own did, and together we raised our babies in London.  Bugaboo’s, sore boobs & sleepless nights were talked about endlessly during long unboozy lunches and phone calls at 5 in the morning.  She was a complete natural at being a mum and the loss I feel for each of her beautiful three children hurts.  Thankfully though, Sarah married an amazing man with an amazing family and he is raising the babies, now 9, 7 & 5 beautifully along with his own wonderful family, mother & sister and Sarah’s brothers, her mum and a massively, hugely spider-web-like connection of loving friends and family all over the world that are testimony to the very special people that are Grant & Sarah.  The connections of which of course, the children are blessed to have forever.

Sarah died in her forever home, aged 42,  having packed in a life that an 80 year old would be proud to have had.  Thank you for an amazing friendship Sharey Sarey and thank you for those one-on one lessons, the fruits of which I will carry with me always.

Until we meet again, in the cocktail bar in the sky sweet cheeks, see you in my prayers.

Your friend, Sam x




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8 comments on Rest in Peace Darling Friend, Sarah Rippetoe…aka ‘Sharey Sarey’.

  1. Rik
    4 January 2014 at 9:12 am (1 year ago)

    What a lovely post and so sad.

  2. admin
    4 January 2014 at 9:20 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks Darling x x x x

  3. Emma
    5 January 2014 at 10:05 am (1 year ago)

    Sarah was my friend too, although I haven’t seen her for many years. We met in the late 90s when she lived in Kashiwa, Japan. I am so sad to know she has gone. She was a truly beautiful person who touched many in her life all over the world. I was lucky enough to meet up with her in London with her oldest for lunch about 6 years ago. If I had known it would be the last time I would have treasured it even more. Please pass my condolences to her family, I never met Grant but as Sarah loved him I know I would have.

    • admin
      5 January 2014 at 4:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Hello Emma

      Thank you for your lovely comment, she was indeed a special person and I know she had a ball in Japan. Thanks for getting in touch, feel free to be in touch anytime in the future.

      Much love x

  4. Helen
    6 January 2014 at 4:19 pm (1 year ago)

    A very touching tribute. Much love to all x

  5. Victoria
    15 February 2014 at 7:33 pm (1 year ago)

    Ah, to know Sarah was to love Sarah.. And I did. Breaks my heart to know that she is gone. I only found out that she was ill after she had passed. We worked together in Hong Kong.

    • admin
      16 February 2014 at 12:49 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Victoria, thanks so much for your thoughts! Will email you today x

  6. Victoria
    24 March 2014 at 9:57 pm (11 months ago)

    Did you email me?


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