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San Fernando Corporation mourns passing of theatre icon James Lee Wah

Theatre icon, James Lee Wah, 89, passed away on July 4.

Theatre icon, James Lee Wah, 89, passed away on July 4.

The San Fernando City Corporation says it is with a profound and solemn sense of sadness that it recognises the passing of iconic titan of Arts and Culture, James Lee Wah.

He passed away on Saturday at the age of 89.

In a statement, the San Fernando City Corporation said he leaves behind him more than the legacy of his children, but his immeasurable contribution to the development of multiple facets of Arts and Culture in the city of San Fernando and the national.

"Founder of the San Fernando Arts Council, the San Fernando Drama Guild and the San Fernando Theater Arts Workshop, it would be no small fact to state that Mr. Lee Wah represented a core component of the engine that drives the soul and passion for Arts and Culture in our City."

"As a teacher and Vice Principal of Naparima College, one of the premiere schools in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago and certainte the region, he translated his zeal and fervor for the arts into the oratory skills of debate, establishing the literature and debating society."

It added that he also fastidiously secured this vision through the establishment of The National Drama Festival, Secondary School Drama Association and the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

The San Fernando City Corporation said Lee Wah represents the living embodiment of a national icon, and "while our city is less off wills his passing, he has ensured that we continue to reap the benefits of the magnanimity of his  benefaction to Arts and Culture and our nation as a whole."

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