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SILK Christopher John, age 45, Final Voyage - January 5, 1962 - October 28, 2007. Chris truly was an exceptional young man with a true passion for life and a determination to beat the odds. In 1996 Chris suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak. In spite of this deficit and the ominous predictions of doctors he learned to walk, talk and do the everyday things we do without trying. In 2005 he decided to leave the cold North and move to Sarasota FL where the more favorable weather would be gentler for him. This endeavor soon proved a very worth while experience for him. He was never happier socializing with his peers and participating in outings where he went bowling, shot billiards and fished. Then one day in January 2007 and without warning, Chris was given yet one more challenge. He began a vigorous fight with throat cancer. Being the trooper he is he gave this uphill battle his very best until the end and without fear of the outcome. He truly believed in God and got solace knowing he would again be a whole person in heaven, able to run and talk. He knows his dearest grandparents are waiting for him and he tells us not to worry because he will be saving a great spot for us when our time arrives. Chris has truly made a very positive difference in the lives of everyone he touched. He taught us to be courageous, show compassion, to give unselfishly and never take anything for granted. Chris is survived by his loving family, Helene and Brittany Lindstrom, Darlene, Joe, Lindsay and Joey Donegan, his daughter Lane Silk and parents Catherine and Stephen Silk. Services to be held Thursday November 1, 6-9 PM at Vander May Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. Celebration Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church - 10:30 Friday November 2, 2007.

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Published in The Record/Herald News on Oct. 30, 2007.
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October 24, 2019
It will be 12 years and I miss you more than you'll ever know. I love you man ! Dad
Steve Silk
Father
January 5, 2017
Chris's CADCAM system
Chris Silk
January 5, 2017
" I love you man "
PAPA Silk
January 29, 2016
Miss you man
Dad Silk
October 4, 2012
Chris & Doreen
Miss you man
Dad Silk
September 30, 2012
Lane Silk
March 2, 2009
The PERRY provided a wonderful experience which I have remembered for a long(!) time. I even remember when she had a searchlight mounted on the forward side of the number two stack.
Joseph Ress
March 25, 2008
Chris' 45th birthday party 1/5/07 with daughter Lane
December 19, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Richard and Lucille Ferri
December 18, 2007
May it make your sorrow
Easier for you to bear
Knowing there are others
Who understand and care.
Wesley Broody
December 18, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Robert Bailey
December 18, 2007
so sorry about your loss.
Ralph Decort
December 15, 2007
Mr and Mrs Silk the people at starbucks had that wonderful message from Chris and it had his web page so I thought I would check it out...ITS WONDERFUL such great pictures and lots of info... love you all P.S. chris I bet your proud of this web page
Kathy McGownd
November 24, 2007
Our sincere condolences to your family, I just recently discovered this sight. My friend Gerry Miethke also sends her sympathy..
thomas fedash
November 5, 2007
Sorry to hear about your loss. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and Chris. We wish Godspeed and smooth sailing.
Ronald and Brenda Conrad
November 4, 2007
Dear Steve and Cathy,
We want you to know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. We know that with your faith that you will be able to enjoy an eternal life with Chris. This is the times when we wish that our dear friends were closer and that we could put our arms around you and let you know how much we are with you. We love you and are with you.
Dick & Sandi Pitteenger
Dick & Sandi Pittenger
November 1, 2007
Dear Steve and Cathy, our sincere deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your son, Chris. May your sorrow be eased by time and by friends who share your memories. Take comfort, and may God bless you and your family through your grief.
Gerald, Cheryl Schnoblen
November 1, 2007
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your son.
Russell & Lucille Fontaine
November 1, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
JOHN & JOAN BREW
November 1, 2007
You have our sympathy and condolences on the loss of your son Chris. Children are not supposed to go before their parents but it does happen at times. We lost a grand daughter five years ago and it still bothers us. You may get used to it but you never get over it. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
Lee and Yvette Phillips
November 1, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Joyce & Tracy Johnston
November 1, 2007
May your son be there to meet you at the dock of heaven..
God Bless you and your family.
Tom Manning
Tom Manning
November 1, 2007
Dear Cathy & Steve: May the good Lord comfort and keep you and your son's family.There are no words that could express the terrible loss of a child.I wish I could be there to hug you both.May your son rest in peace. Leo
Leo Gardner
November 1, 2007
our deepest sympathy ,, parents should not have to bury kids,, been there & done that ,,Smitty
Gerald Smith
November 1, 2007
You have our deepest sympothy in the loss of your Son.
Howard & Shirley Franklin
Howard Franklin
November 1, 2007
Our deepest sympathies, Steve. I'm sure there is never adequate preparation for the loss of a child.
Tom & Doris Naile
November 1, 2007
Steve,
Although I never got to meet you in San Antonio, you were there in spirit. May you and Cathy experience God's comfort in knowing Chris is at peace.
God bless
Colleen Drane
November 1, 2007
OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND THE FAMILY. ALTHOUGH WE DID NOT KNOW CHRIS , HIS LIFE IS ONE TO BE PROUD OF.
JEANNE AND BILL BEYHL
JEANNINE &BILL BEYHL
November 1, 2007
Dear Cathy and Steve,
It's not expected that we should ever lose one of our children, nor have to endure that kind of pain. God has not promised us that we would never experience these kinds of trials in our lives, but He has promised that he would be there with us as we go through them. May his presence comfort you. This is my prayer.
John Langston
November 1, 2007
There are no words that can be said to tell you how sorry we are to hear about your son Chris. His journey was much too short but we're sure that he touched many lives here on earth with his faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Eph 2:8-9
2Sam 12:22-23
Bob & Sandy Noroski
November 1, 2007
Steve,

God blessed you with a son and now he returns to God where his life will be forever, real and eternal.

Your Mate
Mark Warren
November 1, 2007
What a wonderful person.Although I never met you-you have inspired us all @ will always be in our hearts.
Donald Dailey
November 1, 2007
Our deepest sympathies are with you.
Art & Mimi Fuller
November 1, 2007
Unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting Chris; but I have heard alot about him over the time. He must of been a very strong person. Personally I know a little bit about his limitations - it seems he overcame most and adapted to the rest.

Our deepest sympathy to Steve, Cathy and the rest of the family
Mike & Dee Stephens
November 1, 2007
We were fortunate to have had the chance to meet Chris in Sarasota and see what a strong and determined person he was. Now he will be protected in the hands of God and his grandparents. Our deepest sympathy.
Bob & Linda Hales
October 31, 2007
GOD will love your son even more than you did. My sympathy to you,your wife and your entire family in this great loss.
John Blaine
October 31, 2007
To the Silk family, my name is Harold wetsell I am sorry to hear about your may GOD BE WITH HIM. HE WILL BE WITH FATHER I HEAVEN , AND GOD BLESS YOU AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY. FROM A SAVIOR OF THE USS PERRY, PLEASE SEND YOUR PH # OK
Harold Wetsell
October 31, 2007
Steve, I'm very sorry for your loss.Your son is gone in body only. He will forever be in your memories,your hearts and your souls. They can't take any of that away from you.As the future evolves, you will be seeing Chris through your granddaughter as she grows.You both will be smiling at the resemblances she will exude and maybe even have a proud moment at a dance recital. No, you won't ever forget Chris as I'm sure Chris never forgot you both for the love you gave.
Claude Guillemain
October 31, 2007
"Love is eternal." Until you meet him again, you have our prayers and condolences. Chris is now healthy, happy and watching over you.
--Your Shipmate and his wife
Peter & Marcie Holtje
October 31, 2007
Chris I never had a brother like you I will miss ya bro.until we meet again. Mark
mark prescott
October 31, 2007
Steve you must be proud of the
courage shown by Chris during his
short life. I pray that he is with
God and God is with you and your
family
Dick Linden
October 31, 2007
Dearest Chris
We will love you forever.
You are the greatest!
Mom & Dad
Mom & Dad
October 30, 2007
It was with great sorrow that we send this message to a dear friend and fellow shipmate. We have you and your family in our prayers on the loss of Chistopher.
Felix & Peggy Kreskey
Felix Kreskey
October 30, 2007
Chris rest in peace my friend we will miss you
Craig & Marge Smith
October 30, 2007
Deepest Sympathies - Chris, R.I.P.
Bill Janulin
October 30, 2007
Don Fowler
October 30, 2007
Good sailing Chris.
Sid Brown
October 30, 2007
Please may God smile upon the Silk family, and give peace and courage.
All our love, to you.
Bob and Nancy Sadur
October 30, 2007
Our sincere condolences
Bill and Patsy Scullion
October 30, 2007
My prayers to you and condolences
for your loss
Robert Chenault
October 30, 2007
We did not get to know Chris but his parents are great folks; therefore, he is from that stock and his life surely represented that wonderful heritage. He struggled and is now at rest his Heavenly Father. Our sympathy, our thoughts and our prayers are with Steve and Cathy and the other members of the family. God Bless you all
Will and BJ Pruett
October 30, 2007
arnie and Kay Myotte
October 30, 2007
Rest in Peace, Chris.
Rick Flanagan
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