An intrepid warrior, adventurer, bard, poet, artist, entertainer, loyal friend, lover and husband has bid adieu. The emptiness he has left in his wake is insurmountable. It is impossible to encapsulate the life of such a knowledgeable, humorous, witty, dynamic, fun loving, determined individual in anything less than a book.
He had many career paths but was most proud of being a policeman and EMS in his youth. His alma mater was Sir Wilfred Laurier University. He was enthralled by the adventure and beauty of flying.
Chris appreciated and valued many medical specialists and friends who helped him survive and thrive despite progressively debilitating heart failure. Special thanks to Dr. Richard Trenholm, Dr. D. Johnstone, Dr. D. Harrold, Dr. J. Habot, CCAC nurses Jamie, Sarah, Bev, Heather, all members of the Palliative team and Algonquin Hospice staff, the pharmacy team Carolyn, Amber and Lindsay who went above and beyond to meet Chris' needs.
Due to his magnetic personality Chris developed a plethora of friendships wherever he lived or travelled. Everyday for 6 and a half years his closest friend Dennis would call with encouragement, challenges, provocations. Barb and Cathy were always present and ready to encourage, commiserate, share jokes, and humorously take his side of any argument. Ron and Mary whose visits were filled with reminiscent shared experiences and laughter. Jim who provided psychological support, two handed handshakes and toe tweaks. There are too many true friends to thank individually and a neighbourhood of people who have become supportive friends as Chris made this final journey. He loved and cherished all your friendships.
Cremation has taken place. Chris always wanted a living wake but his health intervened. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations to the Algonquin Grace Hospice or an animal charity of our choice would be appreciated.