Christopher John Emmons
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On Sunday, August 25, Christopher John Emmons passed away peacefully at the age of 24.
He was the son of Carol Runco Emmons, of Highland Park Pittsburgh, father, Steve Emmons, of Long Island and Macedonia, Ohio, and beloved brother of Stephen Emmons. Christopher is also survived by grandmothers, Marjorie Runco, of Pittsburgh, Marylou Emmons, of Montauk, and by a large extended family of loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He is especially missed by cousins, Michael, Maddy, Lincoln, Ben, Ally, Killian and Ravenna Runco, as well as Michelle and Frank Fritz, Ryan and Daniel Emmons and John Clark.
He lived an extremely healthy lifestyle, but had a congenital heart condition which was being monitored. In spite of this, he was a true Nature’s child, happiest near a lake, river, ocean, rock ledge, waterfall or anywhere he could be surrounded by trees or in the presence of God’s beauty.
On Sunday, he had been hiking on a trail and paused to rest in Highland Park under a beautiful oak tree, where he was later found.
Still waters run deep. This best describes Chris. Outwardly, he was quiet and thoughtful; inwardly, he was busy analyzing, questioning and always determined to do the right thing. He was a disciplined and intentional young man who thought before he spoke and meant what he said. For his loving parents, he was a constant source of pride. He was deeply passionate about the people and things he loved which included family, friends, "surrogate" mothers and fathers, and his dog. He was talented and loved fishing, skiing, boating, hiking, growing and gardening and designing systems that would solve problems. He put his creative mind at the disposal of all around him.
Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Akron in May and began a Master's program in June and had a very promising future.
According to his wishes, his organs were donated.
Friends will be welcomed at McCabe Brothers Funeral Home at 6214 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, 15206 on Friday, August 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The closing service will begin at 4 p.m. A celebration of a beautiful and meaningful life will follow at 1206 Heberton Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206. Ashes will be scattered in the places Chris loved including Montauk, Long Island.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest a contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation and a tree will be planted in his honor in a national forest. (

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Published in The News-Herald from Aug. 28 to Aug. 31, 2019.
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August 30, 2019
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James DiRosa
August 30, 2019
He was a really sharp engineering intern. I'm sad that he is gone. -Eric Kline
Eric Kline
August 30, 2019
Chris was an anmazing person with so much of love and positivity towards life. Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences.
Syed Ahmed
August 29, 2019
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August 29, 2019
condolemces & much sympathy to all of the family
Lynn Bible
August 29, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of Christopher's death. What an exceptional young man, so beautifully described in this eloquent obituary. My sympathy and love to Carol, Marge and the entire family who so loved Christopher. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Love, Nancy
August 29, 2019
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Rachel Wattleworth
August 29, 2019
I work at The University of Akron and worked with Chris through his job with the Department of Student Life. Chris was an awesome young man and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. He always stopped to ask me how I was doing and he would tell me how he was doing. I work with a lot of students and Chris is one I will always remember. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and may your beautiful memories of Chris bring comfort to you during this difficult time.
Michelle Riedinger
August 28, 2019
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