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October 23, 2009
I've had way too much experience in these matters. I know that I will never forget Chris, especially when I brew a cup of coffee in the morning (way before starbucks). Wish I could do this all over again so I could have spent more time with him and followed his career.
October 02, 2009
Connie, Stu and family,

I've taken a week to think before I attempted to write anything here, trying to find the right words. And I don't think I've gotten there.

All I can say is that I'm sorry. So sorry for your loss. So sorry for Chris and what he had to endure in his last months.

He was so brave. HIs blog was amazing. He gave something to all of us in the honest way he wrote about what was happening to him. It was heart-wrenching to read, and heart-warming because his love for his family, for his life, was so apparent.

I was also struck by how young Chris was, especially how young he was back when we were on the copy desk together at The Anchorage Times 30 years ago. He was a teenager, but had so much knowledge, and was so generous in sharing it. I learned a lot from him.

We had a good group back then. (I was so glad to see an entry here from Mary Ann Baker.) Another one of ours, Barbara Rogers, died Sept. 13, 2001 with circumstances that mirror Chris' in many ways.

I can't help thinking that God has a helluva copy desk.

My sincerest condolences to you all.

carmen
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September 29, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss, and mourn Chris' passing as well. I was in awe of Chris and his ubiquitous presence in all matters of import at East High. I don't think he ever realized just how popular and well known he was then. Later we met up once again and dated for a few months in our 20s.

He was a fine man, and extremely gifted. His talent was exceeded only by his humility. One of the things I admired most about Chris was his honesty, particularly with himself. Few of us are that truthful. What a gentle soul.

I was able to reconnect just before he died, and agree with others' sentiments: I want him back for a while longer. The world is certainly worse off for his being gone.

I am glad that he did it his way, and feel grateful for the words he published on his blog along the way. I am also pleased that he had comfort and peace at the end in the hands of skilled hospice providers. May he truly rest in peace now and forevermore.
September 24, 2009
I was so saddened to see the notice of your son Chris's death in the paper. I have such fond memories of you, Connie, from your service at the Times when I was struggling with a new communications job. You were so helpful and wonderful to me, both then, and then later when I was in school in Alexandria. I knew you kept me in your thoughts. Now it's my turn to keep both you and Stu in my thoughts and prayers. My love and condolences to you both.

Connie Jones ([email protected])
September 24, 2009
Please accept my deepest condolences. I know this is a difficult time for your family, but am glad to read that you are receiving so much support. I remember Chris and most of the Godwin family from my stint and association with the Anchorage Times. It was fun working with and getting to know everyone back then. I wish you well with the service and your plans for Chris's final resting place.
September 20, 2009
So many Alaskans have called, written or signed this guest book since hearing that he left us, his family, that we thought we'd let them know how much their kindness means, since in many cases we haven't found e-mail or postal addresses, or even phone listings. In the five months that he battled his cancer, he kept a great blog, [email protected]
It's a good read. He he wrote it for two reasons: to sort out his own feelings after his diagnosis, and to make sure he was in touch with those who were part of his life in Alaska, Florida, Delaware, and in between.
For those who've asked who is the "little Rudy, " who also received sympathy in one of the guest book messages, she's Chris's wonderful dog, who lives with us now. Chris will come back home to Alaska for good next summer, when Mark brings his ashes back to the place he always thought of as his real home. The last piece of music scheduled to be played at his memorial service on October 12 is "Alaska's Flag." So, hum along with us, at about 10 a.m. Alaska time that day. And thanks, all of you, who've touched base with us. Connie and Stu
September 20, 2009
Connie and Stu,

Lisa and I mourn your loss. You and your family are in our prayers at this difficult time.

Wayne
September 19, 2009
We're so sorry to hear we've lost Chris. He was one great kid (that's the way I (Mary Ann)think of him. You have our sympathy Connie, Stu, Mark and Peekie. Think of you all so often and wish you weren't so far away. Mary Ann, Don and Heather Baker
September 19, 2009
Connie, Stu, Mark, and Peekie,
The news of Chris' death has left us so sad. We know how bright and special Chris was, and we can't imagine the depth of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
September 16, 2009
Love is sent to the Godwin family with our family's condolences.

Connie and Stu, you were blessed with beautiful, intelligent, charming and successful children. Nevertheless, I couldn't help but single out Chris as my favorite. I am grateful I once let him know that. Chris had a light within him that made the world a much brighter place. We will forever cherish his memory.

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