BRYANT CHRISTOPHER GIARD-CHASE -SOUTH BURLINGTON - Bryant Christopher Giard-Chase, 22, passed away unexpectedly, in his home in South Burlington, on the morning of Dec. 23, 2012. He was born in Burlington, on Nov. 8, 1990, son of Ann GiardChase and Christopher R. Chase, M.D. He graduated from South Burlington High School, became a private pilot, and was completing his instrument training at Cornerstone Aviation Flight School in Salt Lake City, Utah. He had ambitions of becoming a pilot for the US Air Force. Bryant was loved by many and loved many in return. His family and friends mattered most to him. He had a devoted father who shared his love of flying airplanes and was loved deeply by his mother, Ann. He was blessed with a sister, Gillian, and with two brothers, Erik and Kyle. Additionally influential in Bryant's life were his Aunt Jean, his stepmother Sandy, his stepsister Lindsay, his grandfather Russell, his grandmother Helen, and his love, Kelsey. He had many wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bryant lived for the times he spent with 'the boys. He shared his years of growing, learning, laughing, loving, and moving forward into adulthood with all of us. From early years onward, Bryant enjoyed activities such as riding dirt-bikes, motorcycles, and snowmobiles, building forts, fishing and boating on Lake Champlain, spending time with his family at Smugglers' Notch, and quite simply, just being around the people that he loved. As a young adult, Bryant's true passions emerged. He excelled in athletics, including CrossFit for which he was certified as a personal and endurance trainer. He also completed a half marathon and had begun training for his first full marathon. Most importantly, Bryant was an incredibly gifted pilot who was truly himself in the air, and was only one exam away from becoming instrument rated. A memorial service to celebrate Bryant's life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, on South Winooski Avenue, in Burlington. Bryant loved animals and planned to donate his time to Pilots N Paws, a humane organization that flies homeless animals around the country to new homes. For those who wish, a donation in Bryant's memory can be made to www.pilotsnpaws.org/donate
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 28, 2012