John Ernest (Chris) Christiansen

May 17th, 1925 – October 13th, 2013

It is with deep sadness we announce that our dad and grandpa, Chris Christiansen, passed away peacefully in Nanaimo on October 13th, 2013 at the age of 88.

He will be greatly missed by his children John (Mary), Marianne, and Walt (Julia), grandchildren Mark (Rhian), Scott (Tina), Tyler and Zac, and great-grandchildren Makayla, Hannah, Theo and Hayden. He is survived by his brother Walter of Fort Frances, Ont., his brother-in-law Louie (Maureen) Corrado, and sister-in-law Christine Corrado, as well as many nieces and nephews. Chris was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Florence, in 2007, his parents John and Anna, and 11 brothers and sisters.

Born and raised in Fort Frances, Ont., Chris grew up enjoying time with family and a love for sports, particularly hockey, playing Junior at the age of 14. In 1941, Chris moved to Rossland, B.C. and began working at Cominco. Over a 40 year period at Cominco, Chris was an exceptional citizen who loved his job and worked hard as a plumber, pipefitter and millwright. It was at Cominco that Chris and Florence met, marrying in 1944.

A devoted husband and father, Chris always demonstrated an infinite love for his family. His greatest enjoyment in life came from spending time at family gatherings and watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and his early morning golf games with his buddy Al Dixon, as well as many happy summers with family and friends at Christina Lake.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. B. Calvin and the staff on the second floor of the Nanaimo Senior’s Village for their kindness and exceptional care for our dad. As per his request there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the B.C. Cancer Society or the B.C. Arthritis Society would be appreciated.


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