J. Richard Colbeck
(September 25, 1939 – September 30, 2019)
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”William Shakespeare
JR Colbeck shared with us boundless love and commitment to theatre and the arts. His service to the theatre in our community is far reaching. With Branch County Community Theatre among so many gifts, he was instrumental in carrying on the tradition of the Pickering Award recognizing original playwrighting.
His role with Tibbits Opera House extended from member and donor, to volunteer and leader. He served on the Tibbits Opera Foundation & Arts Council Board of Directors first as BCCT representative from 1996 to 2000 and 2005 to 2008. He returned in 2008 until the present, serving as president from 2015 to 2017.
J.R took to the boards for no less than 46 professional shows with Tibbits Summer Theatre from Anything Goes in 1982 through 2017’s blockbuster Footloose. His cooking and pizza parties were stuff of legends and each season he hosted a party for the Tibbits Summer Company, as he did for so many other groups.
When the Glen Miller Orchestra performed at Tibbits, he fed them so well band members couldn’t wait to come back. His pizza party for 30 people offered at the Tibbits Annual Auction always received top bids.
In appreciation for the gifts and guidance he bestowed upon the
Tibbits Opera House and by extension to the entire community,
Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council
salutes the memory of J. Richard Colbeck.
JR, the ghost light shines on stage for you & all who have shared their spirit with Tibbits.