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January 22, 2018
December 05, 2017

Today was a celebration of like. Even though there were tears of sadness for ourselves I hope Chris was happy with the togetherness we had today. (Chris is Gary's uncle that I am coexecutor with on my father in laws estate.) His friends that he was in 7th grade with talked about their friendship, talk of love of family. This was a man that truly gave of himself, who looked for the good in every one, who honored his God, he was a person we should all strive to be like. So Chris, I will attempt as you put it to be nice when I really want to let the quick Italian temper go. You are missed by so many for so many reasons! Hug Mudder and Fudder for me and tell them Dotter sends her love. And I will hug Barb Vamvakias for you often!
Kay Meriam Vamvakias
January 22, 2018
November, 2017
Good afternoon Chris. I don't know if you are comforted by scripture,,,this is from 2 Timothy 4:6. "For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day".

May God be with you always and forever. You are much loved here, but no one can love you as much as our Lord. Praying for you and aunt Barbara. We love you! Lori and Russ
January 22, 2018
December 5, 2017
Celebration Dinner

I think it the year was 1956. The place was North Shore Jr. High. Kids from several blue collard neighborhoods made up the first 7th grade class. Chris, Fred Weston and I met and would become lifelong friends.
We were raised by parents that instilled the very values of work, responsibility, respect and many other things that are being discounted today.

Three years later we were bussed to Galena Park High School. Those were great years. Chris often said that we were so lucky to have grown up during this time. All of us made many friends that are still in our lives today. After high school we all moved in different directions but still kept in contact.

We raised our families together.
I share the memory with Nicole of watching her stand on a chair in our kitchen making a cake. She was around 5 or 6 at that time and she had more cake on her than she had in the bowl.
I have many wonderful memories of Kevin at the deer lease-we shared so many campfires.

Chris and I worked for a company called Concept Architectural Woodwork-several of those folks we worked with are here today. I have great memories of those days-many things that we learned while working there would help us when we opened our own company.

Fast forward several years and we opened up our own company called Construction Services Group, Inc.
Lots of long hours, lots of weekends-not much money! We used to dread Wednesday and Thursdays because we were always trying to collect money owed to us to secure Fridays payroll. We asked God to lead us and we trusted Him to help us. CSG had it's ups and downs! I remember many times we prayed together asking for God's help. At one point we had absolutely no jobs and decided it was time we closed our doors and cut our losses. We both were so discouraged. We went into the conference room, closed the door and started praying and we asked God what we should do. While we were praying the phone started to ring. Within the next couple of hours four new customers called accepting our proposals to do their projects. We were so excited but soon realized that we did not have the people or working capital to do the work. You might guess what we did-we got back on our knees and asked for help from God.

You can count yourself blessed if you have a friend like Chris. If you had a need Chris was the one you called. He would respond. We now live in times when people are so centered on themselves-but not Chris he was always the first on to respond to another person's need.

Chris took care of his mother-she lived in an apartment near the Greek Orthodox Church. Often when Chris checked on her it was my job to get her into another room so he could clean out her refrigerator. Like so many of her generation she was not going to waste food or throw any away even if it had been there to long.

Chris moved his cousin David into his home and cared for him for many months until he passed away from cancer.

Chris met a man named Ron. Ron could operate his phone and his computer by placing a small rod between his teeth. Chris and Barbara entered his life and became major care givers. They made several trips to his home on the West side of Houston to care for him and take care of his needs until be passed away.

When his brother Nick became ill and needed help-guess who was there to help him and his family. Chris invested his life into other people. He showed us how to live!

When Chris realized that his cancer would take his life he showed all of us how to finish our lives with dignity. Chris loved all of us. He gave us a great example of how to live and also how to die.

We will miss you Chris!
January 22, 2018

November 13, 2017

Dear Grandpa Chris,
Revelations 14:13

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on" "Yes," says the Spirit "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them".

You are so loved...I send all my love and happiness to you for I pray that you find peace on that long journey to heaven. Do not be afraid, for you will be with us in our hearts forever and always. I will cherish my memories of you, even through they not long they will last a lifetime. I love you from the bottom of my heart. All of us have been blessed to have you in our lives working for Crist and spreading his love. For your labors will be remembered by all. Thinking of you always and still praying for recovery. Your are so kind and gentle. The love you have put in all our lives will never be forgotten. I want you to know this came from my heart and will miss you always. With tears in my eyes this is not goodbye. This is a time to rejoice, for you will be reunited with our Lord and in his name Amen. I love you Grandpa.
Love Jessica and Stephen
Always praying for you.