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Remembering Cordelia Shampanier


Cordelia Iris Shampanier, owner of Fiddles and Cameras and original member of the Symphony of the Redwoods, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. She was 82.

Shampanier, born and raised in Victoria, B.C., Canada, began piano lessons with her mother at age 3. She graduated from San Francisco State University and received her master’s in library science from the University of Denver. She played violin and viola for the Symphony of the Redwoods and owned Fiddles and Cameras for 47 years. She also performed with Ukiah Symphony, Lake County Symphony and chamber music groups.

Fellow founding member of the Symphony of the Redwoods Marcia Sloane recalls her fondest memory of Cordelia, circa 1985:

“I was on a Sunday afternoon bike ride with a friend. We were way out Sherwood Road east of Fort Bragg, a dirt road with no houses and no traffic, perfect for biking. And here out in the middle of nowhere there suddenly appeared a large Oldsmobile-type sedan, and lo and behold, it was Cordelia out for a Sunday drive. And ever after, that little rascal twinkle in her eye would remind me of seeing her zooming around, exploring the backwoods far from the madding crowd.”

A memorial service and a celebration of life will be held at St. Michael and All Angels, in Fort Bragg, on Wed. Nov. 18, 2015, at noon, with a reception to follow. Arrangements are by Chapel by the Sea.

Memorial donations may be made to Symphony of the Redwoods, the Food Bank, or Gloriana Musical Theatre.

Read Cordelia Shampanier’s complete obituary by the Fort Bragg Advocate-News here. 


Shampanier’s Steinway piano is on sale for $14,000. Her family is also willing to lend the piano to a temporary home in the local community while they search for a buyer. Click here for more information.


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