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Of the South Hills, on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Former husband of Renee Raymond; beloved father of Christopher and Walker Ganas. Friends may call at THE FRANK F. DeBOR FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380 Thursday 2-4 and 6 p.m. until time of Service at 7:30 p.m. Chris was a member of Boilermakers Local # 154 and was a retired pilot for Allegheny/ US Airways.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2012.
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March 30, 2020
RIP CC ! Just watched full documentary of Tiger Joe. The memories all came Roaring back.
Jim Allen
March 29, 2020
Chris, you are a friend we always thought would live forever. How is it possibly 8 years since you left us? Miss your smile, our friend. We love you! Mike, Tracy, Zachary & Gage
tracy Zurcher
June 17, 2012
Chris, you were one of a kind, I think Hollywood should make a movie of your life and I'm not kidding. Kevin O'Connell
April 27, 2012
Sorry to hear about Chris. He was a very dear friend and will be sadly missed. One of my memories of him was when we were at his house and he showed me the pirahna fish he just got.
Rich Johns
April 26, 2012
Chris will always tell me he had great desire for me to take him to Vietnam and Italy with me on my trips dont worry my friend you will be with me on every one in spirit hence forth. I'll miss you "BEST BUDDY' we had some good times together and you will not be forgotten
John Heine-Parisi
April 15, 2012
Chris, gone but not forgotten! Sorry I couldn't make it to the funeral home but I had been in the hospital. I think of all the good times we had out at the farm. You, Eddie and Cody! I'll miss you, your friend, Jimmy.
Jim Wellington
April 13, 2012
My deepest sympathy to Chirs' family. I flew with Crazy Chris even before he was a pilot for Allegheny when Chris Sr. let him fly a segment from Phl to Pit when he was just 19. He was crazy even then.He will be missed .
Sandi Provance-Perdott F/A USAirways
April 9, 2012
I remember meeting Chris in Kindergarten at Manila Avenue School in Greentree. How could you not be a Friend of Chris? We ALL were.

His Birthday parties were always the Best in Greentree. I will never forget the fun we had.

Does anyone remember when Chris's parents taught him to say "Please" and "Thank You"?

I think Chris set the modern day record for using them in every sentence that he spoke in the second grade!

God Bless you Chris! I know that you are in Heaven, smiling that famous Smile of yours.
Allen Levine
April 8, 2012
Their will never be another "Crazy Chris". I'll always remember having a beer with you and your monkee's " Big Lou & "Little Lou". May you rest in peace my friend!
Richard DiPippa
April 8, 2012
I'm so sorry to learn of Chris's passing. Rest assured he's making someone was a pleasure my friend.
Tom Graziani
April 7, 2012
Chris, We had many laughs, crazy good times,I've thought of you and followed your antics over the years... you will be missed.. rest now my old friend
MaryJo (Stehle) Raymond
April 7, 2012
Chris, you always made everyone feel good about themselves.

Rest in peace
Jamie Williams (Miscampbell)
April 6, 2012
Chris you knew many and never ever forgot who they were. Your grauation party was out of this world and you never stop after that! you are a good,loving,happy person.
Rest in Peace
Mary Floriolli-Munnell
April 6, 2012
I hadn't seen Chris since high school but I have such fond memories of him. He was always so nice to me and made me laugh! May you rest in peace Chris! Heaven is laughing with you tonight.
Jeannine Caputo Kern
April 6, 2012
Chris was nick-named "Kiss Chris" in my family.. I used to live on Woodridge Dr. & he was my boyfriend when I was in 8th grade! I had many great memories of chris! I even went suba-diving in his pool ,, even in the winter~~ They had a dome on their pool! Loved his mom too! Then I saw him again years later, when he owned his shop on Greentree Rd. He then was known as "Crazy Chris"-- My son actually work for him,,. I sure is a small world! He sure was a one in million, in a good way! To know him was to Love them! My heart goes out to his sons!! May he rest in peace~~~ Cheryl Meehan
cheryl meehan-delduca
April 5, 2012
To a one of a kind guy. Peace be with you my friend.....Walker stay strong, our prayers are with you.
Jimmie and Sue
April 5, 2012
The folks from Woodridge Drive will always remember Chris as a warm hearted, fun-loving character. I haven't seen him in decades, but I will always remember him. His high school graduation party was the event of the decade on the street. It showed how much he was loved, admired, and appreciated.
Keith Dadey (Deerfield, IL. Formally of Woodridge Dr.)
Keith Dadey
April 5, 2012
Crazy Chris aka Uncle Chris! Man I am sure going to miss your crazy self! I member being younger riding the tigers/lions! Working at the store with you and my dad! Boy did God get a good Angel! The heavens sure are laughing with you up there ;) the williams family will miss you buddy!
Courtney Willians
April 5, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Ganas family especially to Christopher and Walker. I have known Christy since I was 6 years old. I rode horses with his sister Leckie and our families became friends. I will never forget all the crazy stories about Christy and his chimp Bonzo, especially the one where Bonzo got loose in the movies theater! I met up with Christy again about 7 years ago when he came through St. Clair ER and I was his nurse. He made me laugh until my side hurt! He was the kindest, most generous person I know. I pray that Chris is at peace reunited in heaven with his family, whom he dearly missed. I will never forget Christy. Somehow, the world seems like a sadder place without him. RIP my friend.
Lori Kleppner
April 5, 2012
Flew with Chris many times and he always made me laugh - loved visiting with his tigers too! Many memories of Chris. R.I.P. Chris - Soar with the Eagles
Linda Gynn
April 5, 2012
To the Ganas Family,
You have my deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure of working w/Chris as a Boilermaker. He kept me laughing with all his "Crazy" stories! (especially the ones about all his animals!) He was a great guy who'd give you the shirt off his back! When I'd see him on the job, no matter what he was going thru, he always had a smile for me (& some candy!)
There was no one else like him & I will sadly miss having him as my friend.

Rest in peace Chris,
Love ya brother!
Local 154
Bill Waugh
April 5, 2012
i will always remember him and all the animals he had. he was the best neighbor and so much fun. say hi to leckie,your mom and dad and my mom and dad. rest in peace chris!
April 5, 2012
Sad to see him gone. He brought joy and humor to all those who knew him ... and he knew many! Always enjoyed his impromptu visits when we both were younger, especially with the exotic animals. R.I.P. Chris and say hello to your dad for me - another GREAT guy who did so much for so many.
Fred Freshwater
April 5, 2012
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
Miccah Roper
April 5, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Tammy Williams
April 5, 2012
Chris could always make me smile and for that I say thank you. May you fly with the angels.
Deborah Connolly
April 5, 2012
We were so saddened to hear of Chris' passing. He has been in our lives for over 30 years and we will miss his humor, smile and hugs. May you be at peace, honey. We love you!

Michael, Tracy, Zachary & Gage Zurcher
Michael & Tracy Zurcher
April 5, 2012
Rest in peace Christy. You always had time for everybody and made everybody feel special (even a dorky little kid that lived down the street - me). Your High School graduation party was one for the record books!! Give a hug to Luckie for me.
Gene McCleary
April 5, 2012
Chris was a great guy...always brought a smile to everyone. You will be so missed, my old friend. The memories are so dear in my heart and will be with me always. Love and prayers to you and your family. Colleen
Colleen Douglas (Carr)
April 5, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Ganas family! I knew Chris since High school--He was like the president of KO. His "crazy" ways about him always had u laughing! He had so many different animals he was bringing into the picture and always had the Dormont cops after him for something! He spent many days at my house fighting with his then gf--always bringing one of the animals with him! He worked with my dad for a while when he first opened his store! You will be deeply missed Chris
Cindy Albert
April 5, 2012
We grew up with Chris on Woodridge Dr. He was an amazing man. So full of life, charisma and passion for all people and animals a like. He had a magical way of making everyone feel special. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this sad time.
Linda, Lisa and David Kyle
April 4, 2012
Chris would always make you smile. He would give you the shirt off his back. He sure did like to have fun. Sorry we can not come to the veiwing but Johns mom is being laid out at the same tim. Our thought and prayers are with his family. God Bless. Patty & John Zwigart
patty zwigart
April 4, 2012
your heart was made of gold and you led so many people to Jesus now that gold is upon your head. prayers to your family.
kathy & P ete Mihelcic
April 4, 2012
Chris, a lovable wild-man. Everyone knew Chris.
Thoughts n prayer for him and his family. Joe C. Dormont(KO)
Joseph Colantuono
April 4, 2012
Haven't seen or spoken to Chris since high school, but he was a friend to everyone and left a big impression. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace old friend.
Dave Staley
April 4, 2012
I'm going to miss you brother.Chris was the most unique guy I ever had the privilege of meeting.Thanks for the lifetime of memories.I know wherever your at you are making them smile.
jim allen
April 4, 2012
One of the few unique and special souls you have the privilege of knowing in life. Absolutely one of a kind. Rest In Peace
Dave Eby
April 4, 2012
Our sympathy goes out to Chris' family. To the best next door neighbor ever! Margie, Harry, John Nestler
April 4, 2012
Chris 22 years of CRAZY..Lions, Tigers, Cougars, Monkeys, Baboons & so on. Nobody, have I ever met with a bigger Heart. Rest in Peace Good Buddy :) ILY
April 4, 2012
The few times that I had the pleasure of talking to Chris, it was clear that he was a special soul. He was so kind and generous to Aleah, especially when he took her with him and Walker to Kennywood. God be with Walker and Chris and the whole family through this difficult time. Celebrate his life and the love he gave you so freely.
Kim Bousquet
April 4, 2012
Crazy Chris will never be another like him! Funny as hell and never a dull moment that is for sure! RIP my friend & God Bless to your loved ones during this difficult time!
Rich Jones (South Fayette, PA)
Rich Jones
April 4, 2012
Thanks for the great memories and fun times. You were one in a million.
Rest in peace my friend.

Bonnie Golinski, Class of 74
Bonnie Golinski
April 4, 2012
Chris was such a great guy, wild and crazy. Really going to miss you buddy.
Leo Maruzewski
April 4, 2012
God bless you Chris rest in peace
John Hughes
April 4, 2012
Chris was a gem.. Everyone from Greentree and KO knew and loved Chris. He was kind and loving to everyone with such a gift of charm, he could have been the President. I will cherish the sweet memories.
Theresa (Floriolli) Buday
April 4, 2012
I remember Chris from USAir and kept in touch by regularly visiting him at his stores.He was so upbeat and kind to us and our daughter.His demeanor was contagious. We will miss him
the Mussari family
April 4, 2012
Grew up with Chris in Green Tree, He was always upbeat and lots of fun!
My deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.
Bill Russo
April 4, 2012
April 4, 2012
Thank you Chris for all the fond memories of growing up with you on Woodridge Drive. I will always remember when your pet baboon was on the loose and, of course, your graduation party ~ police directing traffic and cars parked on Greentree Road and walking to your party from there! God speed.
Faith M. Francis
April 4, 2012
Grew up with Chris in Green Tree, He was always up beat and lots of fun.
My deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.
Bill Russo
April 4, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to Chris' family. He and I were on the cover of the Equitable Gas magazine in 1973 standing outside of KO! He was always fun and nice to everyone.
Melissa Wallace Boerio
April 4, 2012
Never met a more upbeat guy - he used to walk around with a pet monkey and they were both "crazy"!
Lou Pietosi
April 4, 2012
My deepest condolences to Chris' family. I grew up with Chris on Woodridge Dr.. See you someday in heaven.
Jeff Robinson
April 4, 2012
Knew Chris in the 80s as the "bottom" first officer on reserve list, flying the DC9. Always anxious to work, always happy, called himself "Rockford". Spoke with him daily as a crew scheduler. Of course, lost touch. Deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Sue Hambelton, Upper ST Clair
April 4, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
April 4, 2012
You were a part of our family for so many years and gave us lots of hilarious memories.You were one of a kind. The guy that marched to the beat of your own drum.See you again. Tell Mikey we miss him!
Carol Gestrich
April 4, 2012
I met Chris over 30 years ago. What an impression he left - it was my high school graduation party and he brought a guest - his pet "bear". He was one of a kind. Rest in Peace "Crazy Chris"
Carole (Ganster) Panucci
April 4, 2012
"Love you Bubba. Night night."
April 4, 2012
the murray family
April 4, 2012
Rest in peace, Crazy Chris...
You were an amazing person who will be greatly missed. Thank you for all the smiles and the laughs!
Katie Ferrari
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