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Christopher M. Schilling

AGE: 44 • Toms River

Christopher M. Schilling, 44, died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, with family present at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, from injuries when struck by a vehicle while participating in a charity bike ride seven days earlier.

A lifelong resident of Toms River, he was a 1989 graduate of Toms River South High School and attended Mercer County Community College and N.J. Institute of Technology, and played softball for many years on the American Legion team. He was employed by Home Depot in Toms River as the Department Head of Receiving.

More recently, Chris was a fervent mountain biker and active in the bike scene. As a member of JORBA and Team MTBNJ, he was involved in racing, group rides, trail maintenance sessions, race promotion, and bike festivals. Often the only thing limiting his involvement in things bike-related was the number of daylight hours available, a problem he solved by adding lights. Chris was incredibly well-liked and respected in the bike community and will be sorely missed by those who had the pleasure to cross paths with him.

He is survived by his mother, Wanda Schilling, brothers and sisters, Thomas Schilling, Candace Schilling Cowdrick, John Schilling, Diana Schilling Frazier, and Christel Schilling Mastropierro; sister- and brothers-in-law, Meg Schilling, Larry Cowdrick, Jeff Frazier, and John Mastropierro; and nephews and nieces Steven Schilling, Larry Cowdrick Jr., Jessica Cowdrick, Michelle Cowdrick Edwards, Devon Schilling, and Michael and Jonathan Mastropierro. He was predeceased by his father, Henry (Hank) Schilling.

Following his wishes, Christopher will help many others through the Sharing Network organ and tissue donation program.

The Schilling family thanks the many family, friends, and co-workers who have supported them through remembrances, photos, and Home Depot's "Just Keep Pedaling Chris" and MTBNJ's "#singlespeedforschilling" campaigns. A celebration of Christopher's life will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Beachwood Community Center 147 Compass Ave., Beachwood, NJ 08722. Carmona-Bolen Home for Funerals in Toms River is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to www.carmonablenfh.com.



Published in Asbury Park Press on Sept. 30, 2015
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