Angel of The Gap

“is there something I could do to help you?” A simple sentence and simple actions that saved 160 lives. Quite a legacy Don Ritchie left behind.

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Angel of the Gap

For almost half a century, Don Ritchie would approach people contemplating suicide at the edge of The Gap, just 50 metres from his home in Watsons Bay, his palms facing up.

Mr Ritchie told his daughter Sue Ritchie Bereny he would smile and say: “Is there something I could do to help you?”

“And that was all that was often needed to turn people around, and he would say not to underestimate the power of a kind word and a smile,” said Ms Ritchie Mr Ritchie, sometimes known as the angel or watchman of The Gap, is acknowledged to have stopped about 160 people from jumping to their deaths.

He died at St Vincent’s Hospital [in 2012], surrounded by his wife Moya, 85, daughters Jan, Donna and Sue, and four grandchildren, who travelled from across Australia and from Indonesia to Sydney to see him. He was 85.

Source: smh.com.au

 

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My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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9 Responses to Angel of The Gap

  1. Excellent reblog Russ! Thanks so much for spreading the love and sharing it along. Kindness Blog always shares such touching and important material! Hugs to you, Gina

  2. Thank you for shining your light on his life! What a legacy to leave! ♥

  3. lvsrao says:

    Excellent post. Great saved 160 lives.

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