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123 King Street East
Forest, ON N0N 1J0
Phone: 1-844-445-7467
Christopher Wallis

Christopher Robert Wallis

Monday, August 4th, 1930 - Thursday, March 25th, 2021
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Christopher R. Wallis died peacefully in his sleep on March 25, 2021, in his 91st year. Chris was recognized as one of Canada’s leading artists in the field of heraldic stained glass. He was born in Earlsfield, London, England, on August 4, 1930 to Ben and Edie Wallis. Chris joined the Royal Air Force and trained as a navigator, then apprenticed as a stained glass artist for 7 years in the studios of Travers and Lee. He worked on the nave windows of Coventry Cathedral prior to emigrating to Canada in 1956. Fiercely proud of his work, Chris designed and created more than 800 windows during his lifetime starting in his studio in London, ON then establishing the Lakeview Studio in 1980 near Grand Bend, with his second wife Geri.

Chris’ achievements are impressive, starting with his work ‘Yellow Sun and Red Sky’ which was exhibited at Expo 67 and the Museum of Civilization. In 1969 Chris was invited to co-create the Environmental Arts Program at Fanshawe College where he taught until 1979. He left to focus more on his studio practices. In 1989 Chris created 10 heraldic windows known as the ‘Inns of Court’ windows at Osgoode Hall and in 1992, two of his windows were unveiled at Rideau Hall in Ottawa by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1993 Chris received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada medal for significant contribution to Canada, and in 1996 was awarded The Bell Canada Award for excellence in heraldic stained glass. In 2003, Canada Post featured Chris’ windows from St. Stephen’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Calgary, and from St. John’s United Church in Arva on an international stamp series. His work has been photographed by the famous Yousef Karsh.

Chris was a Fellow of both The British Society of Master Glass Painters and The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, and a Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Chris was predeceased in 2019 by Geri, his wife and loving companion of nearly 40 years, and by his first wife Clarice in 2018, whom forever held him dear. He leaves behind his son Simon, daughters Sarah and Elizabeth and his grandchildren.

A very warm thank you to Chris’ caregivers at The Country Manor Retirement Home in Thedford. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held in the near future. Charitable donations in Chris’ memory to any Art for Youth initiatives are welcome.

Arrangements are entrusted to Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King Street East, in Forest, 519-786-4964. Please leave a memory or condolence online at
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Suzanne McDonald Aziz

Posted at 11:39am
We got to know Geri and Christopher through their Lakeside Studio and purchased several works over the years. We have several of his glass pieces of Shakespeare 's plays hanging in our dinning room. We have a darling "Little Miss Muffet" round work as well. We also have a light box that he created. His work is superb and we never tire of looking at it.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Father. Sincerely, Suzanne McDonald Aziz

Dr. Robert Glaskin-Clay

Posted at 09:43am
Dear family,

Deepest sympathies for the passing of Chris. I had the honour of being Chris's dentist while he lived in Grand Bend along with Geri. For most of the years I knew Chris, he was a very quiet man, very soft spoken and extremely nice. I never knew of his accomplishments until Lakeview Studio had an 'open house' several years ago. During that event, while viewing some of Chris's current projects, Geri told me stories about some of the major projects that Chris had been involved in and some of the honours bestowed upon him. Speaking with Chris, I would never have know how accomplished he was, but of course his art spoke volumes about his artistry. I have two stained glass 'mantle sized' pieces that Chris gave me, one for being " I don't know why " and the other for being fortunate enough to find his somehow lost wedding ring outside a local restaurant in the snow. Those two pieces still sit in a place of prominence in our home, so that I pass them many times a day & they are as special and beautiful as the day he gave them to me. It is quite the privilege to have been given personal pieces of art from such a special person and a world renound artist. The world will truly miss him.

Lynne Booker

Posted at 09:34am
Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort.

Lynne Booker

Patricia McGee

Posted at 11:42am
Our sympathies to Chris' family. . We got to know both Chris and Geri through their art projects in Petrolia and Oil Springs, delighting in their gentle company and their creativity. In Petrolia, Chris created 13 windows over 26 years at Christ Church Anglican, making it perhaps the only church with stained glass made exclusively by Chris. Most remarkable is his Memorial window at the church, 25 feet high and incorporating the entire oil history of the town. We commissioned him to create two windows at Petrolia’s Victoria Hall and he created three remarkable solar-powered stained glass panels at the now closed VanTuyl and Fairbank Hardware. In Victoria, B.C. we have been amazed at his enormous windows at the Governor General’s house with the forestry history and his huge windows at Christ Churches in Victoria and Ottawa. With 800 windows across Canada, many new his work but few knew his name. Watching him create windows with such simple tools was amazing. Forever humble and a delight to talk to, he’s a gentleman who will be much missed.
- Patricia McGee & Charlie Fairbank of Oil Springs

John Elston

Posted at 09:27pm
Passing on sincere condolences to Christopher's family. Christopher was a great customer of my father, Edwin who passed away in 2020 at age 93 and I ( Elston's Hyde Park Hardware early 70's to 1987) when we had our hardware store in Hyde Park where Christopher came and shopped for his studio needs. Christopher was always a kind gentleman and would share his work with us when he was working on his artistry projects. Thinking of you at this difficult time. John Elston

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