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Christina James

JAMES, Christina - Chris passed peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on May 15 after a pulmonary embolism. She was 79 years old. Chris fell in love with Stratford after starring in the Stratford Festival’s iconic production of “The Mikado” in 1982. She played Katisha for two seasons, including the Canadian tour and the Old Vic engagement in London, England. In 1993 she was one of only three original cast members to take part in the ten year revival. Her theatrical career took her to so many interesting places, including Japan where she toured with Charlottetown’s “Anne of Green Gables”. While highly regarded as an actor and singer, her lasting legacy will be as a teacher. Chris was head of the vocal program at Sheridan College’s prestigious Music Theatre Program for 23 years and was treasured by her many students. Through her students she is now represented on stages across Canada and the world, including Broadway and of course the Stratford Festival. At one Festival performance there were 16 people onstage and she had taught thirteen of them to sing. Chris leaves her husband David, her daughter Elissa, her step-children Glyn, Karen and Diana, and her grandchildren Kristofer, Adam and Lauren. The family is so grateful to the wonderful staff at Stratford General for their loving care. Also to the local LHIN organization, especially the dedicated personal support workers who brightened Chris’s days. Chris and David have lived in Stratford’s West Village Condominium for almost six years and Chris has benefitted from the wonderful community spirit and the many friends who have given unconditional support during her difficult last three years. Special mention to Jan Hill, and Cathy and Brian Vollett, for their loving support. Visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St., Stratford on Sunday, May 20, from 1-4 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford on Monday at 2 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation through the funeral home. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com13275737
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