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James Paul LeVasseur

James Paul LeVasseur, 58, of Santa Barbara, died gently at Sarah House hospice on April 4, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. His family is grateful for the many loving visits from friends and the kindness of so many professionals at The Cancer Center, Sansum Clinic, and Cottage Hospital, all of which sustained him during his ordeal.

Jim was a peaceful atheist with a passion for the performing arts, progressive causes and the Democratic Party. Jim discovered theater and choir while attending Glendale High School and earned his AA Degree from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) in Santa Maria. Jim worked 24 years for Santa Barbara City College, cooking in their restaurants and cafes. His day job left time for making friends of all ages and persuasions, acting in local theater, singing in the Live Oak Unitarian Choir, and performing at open mic nights and karaoke venues.

Jim took a big interest in LeVasseur family events--cooking, leading sing-alongs and trivia contests, remembering birthdays with just the right greeting cards. He leaves sisters Elaine LeVasseur of Santa Barbara and Ann LeVasseur of Lake Havasu City, brothers Marty LeVasseur of San Marcos, Phil LeVasseur of Santa Barbara, Tommy LeVasseur (Danitza) of Ventura, and Dan LeVasseur (Sherry) of Oceanside, four nieces and six nephews. He was preceded in death by brother Steve (Sal) LeVasseur (YuYu-Feng) of Mill Valley and parents George and Lois LeVasseur of Ventura. Donations to The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara is suggested. Friends and family are welcome to a musical celebration of Jim’s life at Live Oak Unitarian Church, 820 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA on May 21st at 2:30 pm.

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