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Christopher "Chris" John Carless
May 18, 1927 - October 19, 2013
A Resident of Capitola, California
Christopher (Chris) John Carless, born in Andover, England; died at age 86 on Oct 19, 2013, in Capitola, CA. Educated at St. Paul's School in London, he served in the Royal Air Force (U.K.) for two and a half years just after
ended. He trained as a quantity surveyor and worked for his father's firm in Marlow, England before moving to California. In 1955, he met the love of his life, Penny. They were married in 1957 and immigrated to Santa Cruz. Chris became a U.S. citizen in 1963. He worked for Freeway Lumber, Pacific Lumber, and for 22 years at San Lorenzo Lumber on 41st Ave. as an estimator and buyer. He was one of the founding members of the Cabrillo Chorus and sang with them for many years. In retirement, Chris did volunteer driving for the Red Cross and the Volunteer Center, and could be found on a number of local golf courses several times a week. Chris was the epitome of the word Gentleman, a gentle man, and he will be sorely missed for his quiet, kind and thoughtful manner. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Penny; daughters, Sally and Jenny; son, Tim and grandson Tristan; sisters, Jenny and Barbie; brother, Ian; and preceded in death by his younger brother, Derek. At Chris' request, no services are planned; a celebration of his life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Chris' name are encouraged to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. The family thanks caregivers Jake, Adriano and Frank as well as Hospice of Santa Cruz for their wonderful support during the past three months. If you would like to send your condolences to Chris's family, share your memories, view or post photos, or light a candle, please visit
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Oct. 27, 2013
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"I am so sorry . I just thought how you were doing and found he had passed. Chris and your family was..."
- Brian Montone
"Christopher was a true gentleman and my sincere condolences go to Penny, Jenny, Tim and Sally."
- Peter Mackeonis
"I was very sad to read about this. He was a wonderful model for the younger men growing up at Calvary..."
- Thomas Knight
"I had the pleasure of singing and being friends with Chris for many years, both in Cabrillo Chorus and..."
- Diana Cooper
"Fond memories of Chris and Penny at Calvary Episcopal in the 1960's. My sincere condolences to a lovely..."
- Lynne Knight
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