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John Henry Redgate, 64, Bridgeport Resident

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- John Henry Redgate, 64, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Oct. 3.

He was born in Bridgeport on Oct. 29, 1950, the fourth child of Russell and Mary Redgate.

He was predeceased by his sister Ann.

He is survived by his brother Russell Redgate (and wife Laurie) of Marstons Mills, Mass., his sister Patricia McAuley (and husband James) of Trumbull and his sister Alicia Harris (and husband Steve) of Cheshire.

He also leaves seven nephews, three nieces, three great nieces and one great nephew.

He graduated from Bridgeport's St. Augustine's school in 1964, and then from Fairfield Prep. in 1968.

He obtained a Bachelor's degree in fine arts from Georgetown University in 1973.

He performed more than once at the Cellar Door in Georgetown, opening for and sharing the stage with Doc Watson and Emmy Lou Harris.

A Beatles fan since he was 12, he landed the role of Paul McCartney in "Beatlemania," which included runs in Tokyo and Las Vegas, and even a stint at the Wintergarden Theater on Broadway in New York.

He was the house pianist at the Comedy Store in Hollywood for ten years.

While in Californi,a he studied songwriting with some of the greats, including Jack Segal, Tom Paxton and Hugh Prestwood.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of his soul at St. Augustine's Cathedral, on Saturday, at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Stratford.

Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m., in the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SummerSongs at www.summersongs.com, or sent care of the founder and director, Penelope Nichols Rothe, at 446 Arcadia Ave, Morro Bay, Calif., 93442.

To send online condolences, please visit www.redgatehennessy.com.

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