It never occurred to me that your elegant self wouldn’t be seated at the organ making beautiful music when it’s my turn to step beyond the veil into the next life. You have been present at so many of my celebratory “events” — my marriage to Joseph Roach, my daughter Mindy’s marriage to Paul Danna, the baptisms of each of my granddaughters, Claire and Lily, and Joe’s memorial service in 2004 — I assumed you would be there for the last one. I say this out of my own selfishness and sense of loss. But truly I would be one of the first to urge you to retire while you are still well and able to look forward to many more happy years with your partner.
Well beyond the personal impact you have had on my own life is the extraordinary legacy you are leaving behind you at All Saints. Your successor will find it a challenge to attempt to follow in your footsteps.
May you be showered with many blessings and graced with the knowledge of His love.Jeanne Roachvia email
Where to start? You are such a TREASURE that your departure will for sure leave a gaping hole in our community. The joy and the gifts you have brought to our worship are countless — and glorious.
Thank you so much for all you have taught me. Thanks to you, I can still carry a pretty decent tune. Sometimes that is all that keeps me sane.
Know that you are loved, and you will be SO missed.Lynda Obershawvia email
You deserve a standing ovation! Congratulations … and I’m sure you will get several in the coming weeks. Thank you for bringing so much beautiful music into my life. I wish you many years without alarm clocks and deadlines! You will be missed. Love and gratitude,
LizaLiza Billingtonvia email
James, you have become an institution at this church after your decades of dedicated service. You have done so much to expand the breadth, depth, and quality of the music at this church that it is nothing short of a miracle. It would not be the same place it is now had it not been for you.
I have so enjoyed, appreciated, and spiritually grown through all of your efforts and the music you have created that I would not be the person I am now if not for you. You have made a difference – a BIG difference. I am certain there are many here who feel the same as I do.
Your departure is a huge loss for all of us here at All Saints Church, and like many others I am very sad to see you go. But we realize you need to move on to the next chapter of your life. We wish you nothing but the very best. Take good care of yourself.John Grulavia email
I miss your after service mini concerts enough to drive to Pasadena from Brentwood! You are fantastic James Walker.Linda Carpentervia Facebook
What an artistic gift to ASC and what a pastoral gift to the music community. Jamez is the BEST!!Hope Hendricks-Baconvia Facebook
Canterbury Choir has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my adult life. I reconnected with a long-neglected part of my self — the musician — and found a spiritual path to call my own. Singing with you and my fellow choristers has given me a lifeline, a through line and a place for my spirit to call home.Zach Firstvia email
Congratulations on this new chapter in your life! You have built a legacy at All Saints and I have enjoyed every single time I have worked with you and your wonderful musicians at the church. I’m excited to see what is in store for you next.Alison Bjorkedal via email