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Royden "Chuch" Magee

Thursday July 18th 2002

Royden "Chuch" Magee died unexpectedly after suffering a fatal heart attack during rehearsals for a Rolling Stones concert in Toronto. Chuch had been working with Ronnie Wood and The Rolling Stones for 30 years, as a sound engineer and worked on albums such as "I've Got My Own Album To Do" (1974). He later went on Rolling Stones tours and Ronnie Wood's shows in Dublin and London.

Married for eighteen years to his wife Clare, an artist and seamstress, Chuch was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church , serving in a variety of supportive leadership roles, most often with youth ministry programs. He also served as one of the first volunteers and founders of the Cedar Tree Institute, a non-profit organization. In that role he worked with youths from the juvenile courts, supporting environmental projects and planting over 1,000 cedar trees in Northern Michigan. He was known for his boundless energy, uncanny organizing abilities, gentle humour, and unpretentious generosity.

Beginning his career as a drum and guitar technician, he was named "Road Technician of the Year” by Performance Magazine in 1989. In 1994, in the same publication, readers awarded him special recognition for his leadership of the "Best Road Crew" in the world of rock and roll. Internationally, he was regarded among his peers as representing the most highly respected and competent of his profession.


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