TREVOR Roper, former lead singer and guitarist with the band Chalice, died Wednesday in Chicago. He was 59.
Mary Miller, a close friend of Roper's, said he succumbed to a lengthy fight with cancer.
Roper had lived in Chicago since the early 1990s. At the time of his death, he was assistant aquatics instructor at the YWCA in that city.
The lanky Roper was an original member of Chalice which was formed in 1980. He sang on several of the group's hits, including Revival Time, Good to be There, Dancehall Philharmonic and Stew Peas.
Guitarist/singer Wayne Armond is also a founding member of Chalice. He said Roper, whom he last spoke to one month ago, was "a very kind guy. He would give the shirt off his back".
Trevor Roper is survived by six children and eight grandchildren.