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Longtime Greenwich resident, Christopher Coleman McCall, who moved to Ketchum, ID in 2001 to live with his sister, passed from this life on Saturday morning, November 17, 2012, surrounded by his beloved sister and brothers. Chris was born on May 3, 1947, in Bryn Mawr, PA., to Martha Coleman McCall and J. Benton McCall III. Born with Down Syndrome, Chris' parents made a decision, uncommon in the late 1940's to raise their first born at home, rather than institutionalizing him as was a common practice at that time. This choice led his parents on a lifelong journey to not only give their son the best education possible and access to the mainstream community, but to assist in providing those same resources for other children with developmental disabilities. At the age of seven, Christopher began attending St. Coletta School, a boarding school in Hanover, MA, now called Cardinal Cushing School, where children with developmental disabilities could learn, grow, thrive, and achieve their individual success. Chris loved his school and the gentle nuns who guided him for ten years. Music had a special place in Chris' world, and he assembled a large record collection - Ricky Nelson, the Beach Boys, John Denver, the Monkeys, the Rolling Stones - but it was the Beatles he adored for a lifetime. The Beatles, the New York Yankees, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand were his passions. Chris and his family are grateful for the Greenwich community that allowed him to reach his potential and to be supported by so many community resources, particularly Abilis (formerly GARC) and The Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG) and their dedicated staffs and volunteers and supporters. Christopher is survived by a loved family, as his family was the most important part of his life. Kerrin McCall of Ketchum, ID, Kevin McCall and wife Louisa of Cambridge, MA, Josh McCall and wife Alex of Dedham, MA, nephew Ethan and five nieces - Kinnon, Carly, Morgan, Nekele and Hayden - all loved Chris so much for his incredibly warm heart, his constant happiness, and his unique way of making everyone feel special. We are blessed with his pure love and gentle manner which will forever be a living, breathing presence in all those whose lives he touched. A celebration of Chris' life will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 4 pm at Light on the Mountains Spiritual Center in Ketchum, Idaho followed by a family reunion in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Chris' name to Abilis. "All You Need is Love", the McCall Family.
Published in GreenwichTime on Dec. 4, 2012