Christopher-Spollen-Obituary

Christopher J. Spollen

Staten Island, New York

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Christopher J. Spollen Professor, Illustrator and Tinker Christopher Spollen passed away peacefully on Sept. 10, 2019. He left behind his wife, Jing Bao, and son, Yuhao Spollen, his sister, Anne Spollen and brother, Thomas Spollen. Professor Spollen has been a life-long resident of Staten Island....

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So sorry for your loss Jing. Chris and I were friends as teenagers. Such an easygoing fun filled friend. From his old dodge to the aluminum boat we would drag down to the beach and put an outboard on it , to his first cover for Omni magazine. Tom might remember some of our antics. Chris was an inspiration to me as a teenager My prayers were always and still will be with him and your family. God Bless Remember the small things. They will always be the cherished ones.

A real true Artist! You will be missed.

From the time we were little kids in a row boat, Chris drew us all into his unique voyage of discovery. In countless situations, he shared that Irish love of humor, a great story, and, of course, art. Always creating something fun or funny out of "nothing", he became a great influence on me as an artist, on our family, and many others. What I admired most was Chris' life-long habit of observing the world and seeing great potential everywhere.

One of my favorite quotes...

Chris could have taken his magic show on the road, but he didn't, he stayed here on Staten Island. I hope some of the population realizes what was lost with his passing. Chris was a great artist and a fine person.


Re: Mister Moonlight

Chris was a tinkerer, not a tinker --the latter being an Irish gypsy.
Chris was a true artiste; he made art, no excuses, always.
(on Christmas dinner napkins before anyone even thought of a stylus.)
Chris was a very humble and modest man. A quiet genius.

Chris didn't have to be nice to me but he was. I was not his employer or his student, I was his cousin. How many 17 year-old guys do you know who took their younger sister and...

The world has lost a truly unique and gifted artist and I've lost a great friend.
However, the memories and the art live on.

Cousin Chris always had a great imagination. We had tons of fun when the cousins got together. A drive down the road on Staten Island could easily turn into an unscheduled adventure. I will always remember Chris as soft spoken, quick to laugh, and highly imaginative ... one-of-a-kind. Sending love to all of his family.

You spoiled me, Chris, now I'm so lost without you!
I MISS YOU so badly!
Please take good care of yourself in heaven for me,
You will be always in my heart, I love you!
Your beloved wife , Jing❤

Condolences to the Spollens. Always fun with Chris & Tom. Playing pirates "sailing" & drinking grog at LBI; ice sledding at Latourette; stock car races; & eating hot dogs in the Atlantic Highlands. Your memory will shine as you always did.