Christian James Chico
Christian James Chico, 53, passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Robin, and two sons, ENS Douglas Connor Chico and Andrew James Chico.
Born on July 11, 1960 in Needham (MA), he spent his early years in Baltimore and graduated from Cherry Creek HS in Denver (CO), where he was a varsity wrestler. Graduation followed from the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1982, where he served on the Brigade Honor Committee. A Masters from Central Michigan and an MBA from Duke followed.
Christian was commissioned in the Marine Corps and earned his Wings of Gold as a Marine pilot. Assignments included North Carolina, Hawaii, Philippines, Korea, and Okinawa. Later, he was an Instructor Pilot at NAS Pensacola.
Following military service, he worked for Bear Stearns, Bank of America, UBS, Morgan Stanley and the Florida Retirement System. Christian also worked as a part-time teacher, math mentor, and tutor at TCC. He enjoyed assisting students with math, science, language, and accounting.
Married to Robin Chico for over 28 years, they were devoted parents to their children. Christian coached multiple sports and enjoyed martial arts with his sons. He and Robin taught Sunday school for years at their home church in Connecticut.
Christian was a kind, sincere, and generous person, with a keen intellect, balanced by true modesty, treating all with kindness and respect regardless of status or position. He approached life with enthusiasm and passion, always seeing the good in others.
He served as a Blue and Gold Officer for Naval Academy admissions, was a member of the West Point Society of Tallahassee, and served as a liaison for Duke University.
Christian is also survived by parents Ray and Beverly Chico of Denver; siblings Gregory Chico of Austin; Matthew Chico (Laura) of London, England; Tita Chico of Baltimore; precious nephews and a niece; beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins; cherished friends.
A celebratory service will be held Sunday, August 4th at 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Tallahassee. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 28, 2013