Remembering Jeff Bovee

Posted on November 19 2020

On Tuesday, November 10, Sage lost one of our beloved volunteers, Jeff Bovee, who passed away at the age of 76. Jeff, who became a Sage volunteer in 2012, was the founder and volunteer leader of “Over the Rainbow” –  a drop-in support and social group for LGBTQ+ seniors, and was the force behind the Strawberry Tea event, which has become a Pride Week tradition. He had a way of making people feel welcome, and will be remembered for his warmth, humour, and fun-loving personality.


Sage would like to send our condolences to Jeff’s family – particularly Evert, Jeff’s partner of more than fifty years – and express our gratitude for the work that Jeff pioneered to make Sage a more welcoming, inclusive community.



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Jeff was a very welcoming person, always greeting me with a twinkle in his eye and often with a big hug. I enjoyed spending time with him at SAGE as he was quite the joker. The annual Strawberry Tea event was fun for all, and I'm thankful for his hard work in organizing the promotion, entertainment, prizes and taking care of other details. I will miss Jeff.

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