Kate O’Boyle 1980-2005
Touchstone writer Kate O’Boyle died in a fall during a visit to Andorra last month. Kate was returning to England and New Zealand after carrying out research in Ghana for a Masters degree in Geography from the University of Canterbury.
An article Kate wrote about Christianity in Ghana appeared in the December 2004 issue of Touchstone. Kate wrote a variety of stories for the newspaper. In 2004 and 2003 she covered Parachute Festival, and she also visited a number of churches in and around Christchurch to write our ‘From the Pews’ opinion columns.
Kate grew up in Cheviot and learned to surf in Gore Bay. She attended Girls High and Hagley High School in Christchurch. During high school and university she went through a phase of roller blading and skateboarding wherever she went.
On her way to Ghana Kate spent a month in India, and after completing her research she and her husband Tobias travelled back to Europe through Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, and Morocco.
In an email to her mother soon before her death Kate wrote:
“All in all, an incredible adventure (India included), with more to come. Spiritually, what a trip – Rastas, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and free thinkers. I've loved it, hated it; learned a lot, and felt incredibly stupid; been incredibly patient and lost my temper, all at different times along the way.
“I feel older, wiser (though only a little) and, all in all, much more ready to fight for the things that I want and the things that I think are right in life. Let us all hope that I don't slip into lethargy/freak out on my return to the easy life!”