Chris’ family announces with sadness his passing at St. Joseph’s Hospice on December 12, 2012. He was a gentleman who lived and died with dignity. His 59 years were filled with love for his family and friends. In his lifetime, he enjoyed many things; sailing on “Mina” and “Magic,” woodworking, reading, hiking at the Pinery, classical guitar, horseback riding, fishing, camping, and Mondays at the Sarnia Library. Always had stacks of books from the library on all topics. He was also the magazine king. In his younger years, he had fun repairing old European automobiles and driving his ’73 Vette. He enjoyed his 40 year career at St. Clair Riversite with Nova Chemicals. His colleagues were like family to him. Chris has left his wife Wilma with an aching heart. They were married for 38 years and their four daughters will miss him: Catherine, her husband Steven and their daughter Edie; Stacey and her husband Bergen; Alexis, her partner Brett and her sons Xander and Siris; and Emilia ‘Daddy’s Girl.’ Chris will be missed by his sister Shirley, her husband Tony and their daughters Alexandra and Olivia-Lee, and by his brother Paul, his wife Lynn and their daughters Amanda and Natasha. Also left to miss him is his mother-in-law Cathy and the whole Van Heugten family. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, December 16, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with prayers being offered at 8:00 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012, at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Bright’s Grove. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Community-Living Sarnia-Lambton or St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Sail away Chris on calm waters and gentle breezes…

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