By Eric LaRocca | Staff Writer
On Sunday, April 10th at 7:30 pm, students and faculty met at the entrance of the Westside Visual and Performing Arts Center to light candles and leave personal mementos to pay tribute to renowned WCSU Theatre department student, LeRoy Walton. LeRoy, a well-liked member of the WCSU student community and celebrated performer (most recently for his performance as Grandpa Vanderhof in the 2016 WCSU production of You Can’t Take it With You), had passed away earlier in the week.
Although the candlelit vigil was somber with heads bowed in prayer, applause and laughter followed later inside the Visual and Performing Arts Center when the crowd convened before a slideshow of the late WCSU student. Members of LeRoy’s family stood to pay tribute to LeRoy and to thank the large crowd for their support during this time. Afterwards, countless students took to the microphone to share stories of LeRoy. They described his “larger-than-life personality,” his “infectious laugh,” and his ability to make every person he met feel talented or important.
Anna Louise Morse, WCSU Class of 2015 and friend of LeRoy, remembered her friend as, “the most genuine and loving person who always had so much happiness to spread to everyone. He made everyone feel special… And he was the life of the party. Everyone knew LeRoy and he was everyone’s friend.”
LeRoy Walton’s absence at WCSU will be felt. He will certainly not be forgotten.