The Bay Area ticketing world is reeling this week over the sudden and unexpected death of Valerie LeClair, who passed away June 8 from complications related to a blood clot. She was 42.
LeClair had worked in ticketing since 2002, starting as a Client Services Manager for TicketWeb. She worked her way up to the General Manager position.
“During my tenure, I earned several nicknames including ‘Choo Choo’ and ‘Boss Lady,'” she joked on her LinkedIn page, which showed she was a graduate of San Francisco State and a member of several industry groups including the Bay Area Professional Ticketing Association.
In 2011, she accepted a position at Ticketfly as the company’s VP of Customer Operations, working closely with marquee clients like Burning Man, Spaceland Presents, ACL Live at The Moody Theatre and Rams Head Onstage. LeClair was known as a mentor for women in the industry and was well- liked for her management and leadership skills, and her enthusiastic, always-smiling and laughing personality. Most recently, LeClair worked as Director of Recruiting for Grammarly.
“Val was the definition of radiance. Her light brightened all those around her. Those of us who have been lucky to know her will cherish our short time with her,” her husband Robo Gerson wrote in a dedication to his wife. “And we’ll all remember her laugh – oh that laugh – that memorable, deep, sincere, infectious, glorious laugh. She was so full of joy and promise. The world is a better place having been graced by her presence. May our memories of her be rich, full of warmth, and bursting with love and laughter.”
A memorial will be held on Saturday at The Chapel (777 Valencia St.) in San Francisco from 1-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to ArtSpan, the Salesian Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco or the San Francisco SPCA.