Michael Peter Christin of Toano, VA, died Sunday June 23, 2013, at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond as a result of injuries from a bicycle accident. He will be greatly missed.
Mr. Christin was born on February 22, 1949, in Columbus, OH, to the late Robert Ernest and Dorothy (Dunn) Christin. He received a BA degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert's College, DePere, WI, and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ.
Mr. Christin served in the United States Navy
, Special Warfare Unit, SEAL Team Two in Norfolk, VA. He was the medical corpsman for his unit. In Europe, he participated in numerous cross training missions with NATO special warfare units.
Mr. Christin was Executive Director of the Healing Place, a recovery program and detox facility for homeless men in Athens, GA, and was the founding Executive Director of The Healing Place, in Richmond, VA. Mr. Christin developed community support, obtained approval from city officials, and launched a capital campaign to establish the facility that still serves the Richmond community. He was active as a volunteer for Williamsburg Walk the Talk, a mentoring program for people released from jail in the Williamsburg community.
He was an avid skydiver with well over 3000 jumps, after which he stopped counting.
Mr. Christin is survived by his loving wife Teresa Faircloth Christin and his son Michael Peter Christin, Jr. of Toano, VA.
A funeral mass for Mr. Christin will be held at the Hickory Neck Episcopal Church, 8300 Richmond Road, Toano, VA, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Friends are invited to visit Mr. Christin's family at the Church after the service. His remains will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Christin's name may be made to the Hickory Neck Episcopal Church.