"Good One" was just a nickname. "Best One" described the man and his life. Thanks for including me in that life, brother, if only for a short time. Peace, my friend.
Saved by Zero!
Chris, among the most upbeat, can do people I've ever known, from the good old days at Fairfield Uni to following your adventures on Facebook. Always put a smile on my face. Miss you mate. RIP.
I've been on a lot of adventures all over the world with Chris over the past 20 years --cruises to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and Tahiti as well as trips to Australia and Italy and New Year's Eves several times in West Virginia. Chris made every trip more exciting, fun, and zany. He was always ready for a good game of cards or Mexican train or a good time socializing in a bar. Chris was a joy to have along and his exuberance was contagious. For example,.....even though I'm not much of a drinker, he managed to persuade me to come to the Carlos & Charlie's bar in Aruba for "just a little while" before going to the beach, which was my ultimate plan for our one day in port. I ended up staying all day, getting "happy" with a few beverages he suggested....that tasted really good! He eventually had me up on a chair doing the YMCA dance and having the time of my life. Every day with Chris was better and brighter and we'll continue to keep him with us in our hearts wherever in the world we are.
Chris was one of the friendliest, nicest, funniest guys at Fairfield U! I was ALWAYS laughing when I was with him! He reconnected with me on FB and made me instantly remember how much I loved being with him in college and missed seeing him. We continued our friendship thru FB and for that I am grateful. My thoughts and prayers go out to his beloved family and many friends. Know that he is watching down over everyone with his great big smile on his face (and maybe he is trying to lick a face or two up in Heaven!) Chris was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. Love you Chris! Kneesy
The sadness and tears of your loss will be replaced by the memories of your beautiful smile and laughter that we have had the pleasure of experiencing for the past 20 years. Going through all of the pictures of our fun times together, it was evident that we all felt joy and happiness in your presence.
When I start thinking about Chris, it begins with nicknames. Chris gave Ellen hers – “Bagels” – and he coined another one for Andrea – “Kneesy.” “Digger” called Chris “Good” and there were variations like “Good Eatins” and “The Good One.” Chris truly was a good one and a true friend, but it did not start out that way.
Chris moved on to Regis 2 in sophomore year while I had lived there freshman year too. The group of us who had lived there previously were close and did a lot of things together. Chris, Bill, Pete and Sean brought this to our attention and said they wanted to join the clique. We had not realized that we were excluding them, so we included them from then on. Chris led this effort to bring us together and made sure that there were no hard feelings.
Chris' passing took us all by surprise and it made me reflect on a few lost opportunities. Ellen was able to dine with Chris three times in the past year – twice in DC and once in Orlando. I was traveling when Chris was in Orlando that time, so I just thought that I would catch up with him the next time. I did not send him a note saying this and Chris likely thought the same thing – see you next time.
There are many things that will always remind me of Chris: the Stag-Her; rum and Tab; Pat Benatar; a Fairfield or Stag license plate; “Let's Go Hoyas” cheers (I am still curious why he started these at Fairfield games); concerts at Wolftrap, USAir Arena, MCI Center; racquetball at GW. I may miss Chris the most in March as he hosted a lively March Madness tournament pool.
Chris truly is one of the finest Stags ever!
There is a deep sense of loss in Evelyn Court this year...Betty, please know that your neighbors and friends love you and are there for you...we miss both
Bill, and now Chris...i will especially miss his smiling face and our chats in the mornings as he was returning from the gym...so,so sorry for your loss...
RIP Chris we will miss your presence and we are all blessed to have known you. To your family we share your sorrow and pray for peace and comfort today and all the days ahead.
Your light will forever shine through all of the lives you touched. I will forever miss you my "Cajun" brother. Keep that Second Line going and save a place for me -You are now truly Marching with the Saints!
Your smile and goodnatured spirit will be missed!
Chris - you will be so missed. Hard to believe we have been friends for 20 years. Seems like we just met yesterday. Your kind heart, keen sense of humor, warm hospitable spirit and the ability to make people feel welcome will never be duplicated. When you look up "Life of the Party" in the dictionary - your photo is next to it. I will always remember all the great times that we had and the lasting memories that came from those good times. Dewey Beach will never be the same without you. Have a Captain & Diet Coke for me as you look down upon us from heaven.
I was so shocked to hear the news. Chris is one of those people you meet who make an impression. I met Chris in spinning class at the gym. We suffered through the workouts together and often commiserated about our beloved Washington Capitals. He'd even heard of my high school on Long Island. We shared shoulder problem and he was so positive and supportive when I had my surgery last January. I will never forget him.
We shared so many wonderful moments over the years. Brings a smile to my face each time I reflect on how much fun we had together. Stumbling back from floor parties on the Quad, having to watch all of the Love Boat before going to lunch in the cafeteria, rum and Tab, Rocking the Quad, special dinner steaks, playing Atari for hours on Regis 2, kicking my butt in racketball, selling Terrible Towels, tumbling at The Point, late night fried Spam, the Baloney Factory, summers in Newport, Hurricane Bob, shuffleboard at Sully's, teaching my oldest son to ride a bike. The memories are endless.
I can't imagine having a better friend. You truly were the "Good One".
Save me a beer and a copy of the National Inquier on the beach in Heaven.
There simply isn't another mold like your mold my friend. You are an original and we all love the cast of your mind. Thanks for being a loyal friend all these years. I look forward to a Pat O's hurricane, a Front Page pilsner, and/or a Vegas marg someplace, sometime in the higher elevations. Save me a seat.
Chris was everyones friend and was there when ever you needed him.He taught us the meaning of accreditation and how it was the most important part of directing a school. It was not only a pleasure going as a team member with Chris but it was a new learning experience.He made you feel wanted and needed . He leaves a great legacyand will always be on our minds.May he rest in peace.
A gentleman that I had the pleasure of knowing and working with who made all those around him better! Elmer R. Smith
Sadness is the price we pay for truly loving someone. Chris was the best person someone could wish to be their best friend with in life. I will celebrate his life and cherish his memories. We made a lot of memories, and thanking God for everyone of them!
Love you Chris, and you will always have a peace of my heart!
My buddy since third grade, my almost future husband, the most upbeat guy I've ever known. Thank you for letting me dress you up as Chris Partridge and for miming playing the drums to "I Think I Love You." After that favor, I knew I loved you.
So glad Chris decided to try a 6 month DC bank stint back in 1989 after moving from New York because that was where we met. Instantly likeable and easy to talk to and laugh it up. He moved on for bigger and better and I am so proud of his accomplishments... his Masters from GW and his position at ABHES, to name a few. Chris was not only a great friend but the brother I never had. I can't even begin to count all the sporting events, concerts, parties, beach trips, vacations etc.. we attended together. I will now treasure the memories. Since Chris was partial to many good things in life, like Heinz Ketchup, blueberry pie, playing cards, music, the beach, movies etc.. all his favorite things will help keep him forever present in my mind. Thanks Stagger for all the good times and teaching us all the true meaning of what a friend really is.
Christopher, whom I knew from a little boy, exemplified how all of us should live our lives. He lived with joy and generosity with a huge smile for everyone. He lived EVERY minute of his life. Many of us can look back and see lost opportunities to enjoy someone or some place. Not Chris! He saw the world with good friends and family and enjoyed it all. His life was much too short, but in those 51 years, he lived 100 years of adventure and fun. A lesson for us all to never take the next day--hour--minute, for granted. Christopher will be missed by legions. I feel so blessed to have been a small part of the Eaton family clan through friendship for lo these past 43 years and to have known this dear, dear young man.
If you were lucky enough to know Chris Eaton, you were pretty lucky.
Chris was a loving and generous friend. He was the type of guy who - within just a few minutes of meeting him - you would feel as if you had known him for 20 years. People would gravitate towards Chris – no matter who you were, you were immediately taken with him - his zest for life, his sense of humor, his sharp wit, his adventurous spirit, his generosity, his strength, his intellect, his uncanny knack for finding the best bar, the loudest party, the coolest vacation spot or the lousiest greasy spoon diner and dragging you along making sure you had the time of your life. I can't pick just one story about one of our adventures because every adventure we had turned into a funny story to be told again and again. And we had a lot of adventures together…
I consider myself lucky enough to have counted him as one of my very best friends and I will continue to tell and re-tell our stories and miss him all over again every day for the rest of my life.
Dear Good One,
I have so many great memories of fun times and laughter with you. You will always be in my heart. I will miss you my friend.
Love, Eileen aka Gunner
Chris - No one who knew you will ever be the same. You left a void a thousand miles wide in my life and all those who knew you. I will never forget snorkling with you in Tahiti, playing Mexican train just about everywhere you went, Dewey Beach, Santorini and Mykinos, piles of meat in Crete with Roger, trying to sell me for 13 camels at the Pyramids and the crazy driving through Cairo. The summer place in St. Petersburg, and then there's the Ice Bar in Stockholm with Anne, Karen, Steve, Una, Roger, the second line parades in New Orleans with Tom and Liza, Steve and Una, Roger, Allen, Kevin, you falling hard for Amanda..., eating chocolate chip pancakes at the Western Pancake House with the Chinese Cowboy, drinking absinthe and blue jello shooters in NOLA, the Cat's Meow, Pat O'Briens, Euchre, Sequence, Turlene, all my Chris stuff--- beads with ducks, treasures from some far away place, the stories in Key West---did you really cook your own breakfast at that Denny's at 4am? Just what did happen to your shoe?Your music---"That's what I like about you", dancing on the picnic tables in WVA with Liza and Keri, your kindness, your sense of humor, your Sling Blade imitation, searching for the perfect bar with Liza, your thoughtfulness and generosity with your friends and soon to be friends. You were the best. My life just won't be the same without you.
Thank you for your smiles from the heart...peace...Lisa
Chris ...what can I say. I know him most from some fun vacations and I can say he's a very kind, friendly and fun person. He was a friend to many. Although this is a huge loss to many, the beauty of the difference he made will live on.