I had known Chris going back to 7th grade and all the way through high school. Both of us having names towards the end of the alphabet, we wound up sitting near each other in many classes through the years. Chris was always one of the popular kids, an athlete. I was not. But he was always very friendly and treated me the same as he treated everyone else. Which is to say the right way.
I remember one semester in junior high where we had a good laugh. On the first day back to school we walked into 1st hour and were seated by each other. Then we walked into 2nd hour and we both had that class. And then we wound up having 3rd hour together. We soon discovered that we had the exact same class schedule for that semester and it was worth a chuckle. Very weird. Not many people I would have rather seen in every single class than Chris though....
Kinda lost touch though as happens in life. I doubt I've seen him in 20 years but when I heard about his passing, I was immediately saddened. It's so terrible to hear about one of the true good guys being taken away from us.
My thoughts are with his family and his young son. I hope Joshua grows up to know what kind of man his dad was.