JAMES WILLIAM "SKIP" CHRISTMAN

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JAMES WILLIAM "SKIP" CHRISTMAN -- ESSEX - James William "Skip" Christman, 68, of Essex, died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on July 21, 1944, the son of James W. and Patricia (Colburn) Christman. He was educated in Plattsburgh schools and attended Canton ATI in Canton, N.Y. He served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and on Feb. 12, 1966, he was married in St. Mary's Church in Glens Falls, N.Y., to Nancy L. Mead. Jim worked for 30 years for New England Telephone as a service technician, retiring in 1996. During his retirement he worked as a guide and handyman at the Shelburne Museum. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman and helped teach hunter safety. He was the captain of the charter boat "Grey Ghost" for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #1 in St. Albans. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the American Legion's Riders Club. He loved life and loved his family, especially watching his two grandchildren play hockey and taking them fishing on his boat. A Jack of All Trades, he enjoyed woodworking, building bamboo fishing rods and could fix anything. A beloved husband, father and "Gumpin," he is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy L. Christman of Essex; two children, Keith W. Christman, and Kelley C. Senecal and her husband, Marc, and their two children, Jack William and Taylor Ann Senecal, all of Essex; one sister, Susan Veezy and husband, Gerry, of Los Alamos, N.M.; a very close cousin, Chuck Barton of Redford, N.Y.; also nieces, nephews and many, many close friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. At Jim's request, there will be no funeral service. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of his life on Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service Mountainview Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral. com. Jim fought a long and courageous battle with different cancers. Through his strength and determination, he won some of those battles only to succumb to multiple myeloma and chronic renal failure. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the , 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495-1460.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 21, 2013
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