Claire Jeanne Sangster

Date of Birth

January 1, 1958

Date of Death

October 1, 2009

City of Death


Earlier this year, Claire died suddenly of natural causes in Goleta. She was a Santa Barbara native, graduating at the top of her class at Santa Barbara High School and then attended Westmont College on a merit scholarship, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology. She earned a Master’s in social work at San Jose State and lived in Austin, Texas for a few years.

Music was her gift and her passion, and Santa Barbara was her true home. She returned and devoted herself to music, teaching scores of youngsters and adult piano students and playing in liturgical settings as music director at St Michael’s Episcopal Church and later at another congregation. A great joy for her was being part of Canticle A Cappella Choir, singing alto.

Claire’s untimely death is much mourned by her family and friends. There will be a celebration of Claire’s life at St Michael’s Episcopal Church, Isla Vista on Sunday, October 25 at 1 p.m.


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