Aug 29, 2019

By Andy Johnson

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It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of our friend and colleague, Maestro Kerry Stratton.

Kerry stepped down from hosting the Oasis on the New Classical FM last November, the result of being stricken with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. However, he continued to conduct his Toronto Concert Orchestra and host a show on Classical FM on Sunday Afternoons.

The disease then progressed to the point where he couldn’t hold a baton any more.

ALS is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body. Over time, as the muscles break down, those afflicted lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow and eventually breathe.

Kerry died peacefully Tuesday night at home in Thornhill, surrounded by his family.

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