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Walter Sugden | 1952 - 2016
Stratford Festival Message, August 19, 2016

Tragic News

It has come as a profound shock to us to learn of the passing of Walter Sugden, a long-time member of our stage crew, who died last night at the age of only 64.

Walter, who first joined us in 1973, was in his 44th Festival season, working on Macbeth and A Chorus Line. He was a fierce defender of our heritage, of which he was so proud to be a part. In particular, our iconic Tanya stage was of immense importance to him: he was both eloquent and passionate in his conviction that we should always seek to preserve not only the essence of its brilliant design but also as much as possible of its original fabric.

With his tragically early passing, we lose not only a valued colleague and a dear friend but also a dedicated upholder of our artistic legacy. We will miss him greatly, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Anita and Antoni

Obituary at W. G. Young Funeral Home

Walter Sugden

Walter Sugden

Walter Howard Arnold Sugden, age 64, of Stratford passed away suddenly on August 18, 2016. Beloved husband of Toni di Palermo. Loving and devoted father of Nina, Owen and Keigan. Dear brother of Karla Sugden and Karl Sugden (Sharon). Also survived by his mother-in-law Luz Maria Ornt, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Luz Marie Smeenk (Jeff) and Marlena Nivison (Bill) and several loving nieces. Walter was predeceased by his mother and father Karla and Basil Sugden, by his brother Paul H. Sugden, by a brother-in-law Gordon Smith and by his father-in-law Anthony Di Palermo. Walter was a Carpenter and Stagehand at the Stratford Festival for over 40 years. Visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Monday, August 22, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 23 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society through the funeral home. 519.271.7411

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