Derby Frontier wishes to express our condolences to the family, friends, and derby sisters and brothers of Erin Louise Usciski, aka Stitch Rip-Her, who passed away just this past Friday, August 9th. Stitch was a jammer for the Central Alberta Roller Derby Association’s Missfits of Mayhem (travel team) and Vexy Beasts (house team). She also spent a large part of her derby career playing for the Red Deer Roller Derby Association where she was widely appreciated as an extremely talented, strong, respected, inspirational, and unforgettable woman.
For the past several days, league’s from all across Canada have been expressing sympathy for those who were close to Stitch and many have been sharing images and videos of her illustrious career and life. Before the start of Game 6 of the Bruise-ual Suspects Central Division Tournament in Moose Jaw, a heartfelt tribute video (Stitch Rip-Her – RIP) prepared by Tournament Head Referee Noah Backtalk was presented to all in attendance. The video is currently up on YouTube and has been viewed over 2500 times.
Currently floating around social media is a Stitch Rip-Her in da house!, an initiative created by Pamela Dow to raise funds for Stitch’s family. It has already surpassed its goal of $1,000, currently sitting at $3,567 funds raised, with more and more generous donations coming in each day.
ADDITION 08/14/13 10:40am: A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of Erin on August 16th at 2:00pm at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, AB. Former teammates of hers are encouraged to attend and wear their jerseys. A beautiful remembrance page was recently put up by her family on the Red Deer Funeral Home page.