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Valerie Hawkins | 1968 - 2019

Staff Announcement from Anita and Antoni, February 5, 2019.

We were very saddened to learn of the tragically early passing on Saturday of Valerie Hawkins, a member of our company in 2013. Valerie played Shaindel (and understudied Yente) in that season’s Fiddler on the Roof, as well as appearing in Romeo and Juliet.

Although those were her only stage roles at the Festival, Valerie was very involved in our community. In 2016, she shadowed Jillian Keiley on Bakkhai and also contributed valuable services as a volunteer. She had been meant to rejoin us this season as assistant director of Private Lives but had to withdraw because of her illness.

Our deepest condolences go to Valerie’s partner, Roy Lewis, and to all her friends and family. A celebration of her life will be held next month.

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Valerie also performed at PAL Stratford's Expect the Extraordinary event on October 7, 2013.

As presented by the Stratford Beacon Herald, February 2, 2019.

HAWKINS, Valerie - On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Valerie Hawkins, partner, daughter, sister, aunt, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 51. Valerie had been living with ovarian cancer for almost five years. Val will be remembered by her partner, kindred spirit, love, best friend, Roy Lewis and her father, Dexter Hawkins, and her sister Janet and brother, Grant and his family, Kelly, Devin and Harper. Valerie will also be remembered by all her amazing friends. Valerie would want you all to remember her message to allow for inspiration, surrender to what is, see the beauty and strength that she saw and love yourself. “sing together, it’s the least that I can do, my final gift to you” A celebration of life is being planned for March 2019.

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