Christopher CHIARELLI
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CHIARELLI, Christopher Robert
September 4, 1964 – May 5, 2012
Passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. Son of Bob Chiarelli (step-mother Randi Hansen) and Susan (Orth) Chiarelli (step- father Ron Gould).
Chris was a child to make any parent glow with pride, a student to make a teacher revel, or a stranger laugh with one of his at-the-ready endless bank of jokes. He was a loving and thoughtful uncle to Lena, Colin, Chelsea, Marika, Quinten and Jesse, a caring brother and son, and a loyal friend.
An Ontario Scholar in high school, Chris excelled academically and was on the Dean's list every year as a chemistry student at the University of Waterloo, where he was also well-regarded at numerous work terms including at Health Canada, Pinawa Atomic Energy facility and pharmaceutical companies Torcan and Wampole.
His life changed dramatically several weeks before he graduated when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, changing his life forever.
He negotiated through a minefield of medications and challenges, but by strong character and a deep belief in God he found wisdom where there was chaos, humour where there was boredom, courage where there was fear, determination where there was doubt. He never asked, and what he had, he gave or shared; every day was a challenge that Chris overcame with grace. Above all, Chris was a flower by the sea, a sparkle in the darkness, an Olympian swimming against the tide.
Seven months ago, Chris was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, which ultimately took his life; with this battle, he never wavered, but lost, expressly stating he was going to a better place. At his request his eyes were donated for transplant.
Chris will be remembered simply because he is unforgettable.
Chris was predeceased by his step-mother Carol (Paquette) Chiarelli and survived by siblings Lynn, Donna (and husband John Cormier) and Katie Chiarelli, Andrea Desgroseilliers, Michelle Hotchin (and husband Adam), Steven Gould and Lisa Kelih (and husband Fred), by nieces and nephews, and by many cousins, uncles and aunts, especially his attentive Aunt Marcia.
Chris asked to extend sincere gratitude to all of his medical professionals and care givers over 25 years of intensive requirements. Donations may be made in Chris' name to Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health or to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Private family visitation and funeral.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from May 7 to May 8, 2012.
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October 14, 2012
We heard the sad news about Chris only recently and we wanted to pass on our deepest condolences to the Chiarelli family. As former neighbours, we had the pleasure of meeting Chris fairly regularly for neighbourly chats. He was such a nice gentle person and you could tell he enjoyed interacting with our then baby girl. May he rest in peace.

From the Darlington family
May 18, 2012
To you, Lynn, and your family.
May your hearts be opened to the love and kindness given to you during this time of sadness and grief. This love is extended to you from us, Joe and Lise Andrée, on behalf of the September retreat mindfulness community.
May you be safe and protected.
May 12, 2012
Chris took time to enjoy the little things in life that many us are too busy to notice. Take time to smell the flowers and praise every sunrise! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lisa Burr
May 12, 2012
Our deepest condolences to all of you.

Alan and Danielle
Alan Paulus
May 11, 2012
Chris will be missed by all. We were blessed to have him in our lives. He is looking down at us and will continue to guide us. Sending love and healing to all.
Laura Brown
May 10, 2012
Minister Chiarelli & Donna; My sincerest sympathies.
Ray Sullivan
May 9, 2012
Sincere condolences to you and your family.
Joe Calabro
May 9, 2012
Bob and Family,

Please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of Christopher. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this dark time. May you find comfort in your many memories of Chris.
John, June & Julia Abbenda
May 9, 2012
Bob, Randi and Susan and family:
Terry and I regret our not making it to the service. Our thoughts of course are with all of you at this very difficult time. Linda Hansen and Terry Fleury
Linda Hansen
May 9, 2012
To Christopher's family,

May it help to know your loved one has found a peace that likely eluded him in life, because of the very hard illness of Schizophrenia. To then be taken by cancer is a burden no-one should have to endure. My sincere condolences.

From a mother of identical twins who knows only too well the courage, sheer determination and kindness of those who suffer from Schizophrenia.

May your Christopher rest in peace.
May 8, 2012
Bob,Randi,and Family:
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May this give you strength during this very trying and difficult time.
Frank, Connie and Christopher Fata
May 8, 2012
Dear Bob and family,

Please accept our sincere sympathies. I hope you will find comfort in your memories of a life well-lived, full of grace and hope.
Nicole and Ivan Zuger
May 8, 2012
Bob, Randi and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Randy Graham
May 8, 2012
Bob & Randi and family,

Please accept our sincerest condolences at this difficult time. Our thoughts continue to be with you. Janet & Neville
May 8, 2012
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your son, your brother, your uncle and your friend. Our thoughts are with you all during this time of loss and sorrow. May you find some comfort in your many memories of Chris.
Sandra Schwartz & Chris Speelman
May 8, 2012
Our thoughts are with you Bob & Randi.. in this time of sorrow. May he rest in peace..
Elaine & Chris Lindsay
May 8, 2012
Bob and Family,
Our sincere condolences on the loss of Christopher. Our thoughts and payers are with you and your family at this time.
Raffaele Basile & Family
May 8, 2012
Lynn and Family - Thinking of you at this time of loss and sorrow.
Rachel Brown
May 8, 2012
Bob: My sincerest condolences on the loss of your son Chris. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Mary Pitt
May 8, 2012
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. My prayers go out to you and all your family at this sad time.
Katherine Hobbs
May 8, 2012
Dear Mr. Chiarelli and the Entire Chiarelli Family:

We are so sorry for your losss. May his smile bring you strength through this difficult time.

With sincerest sympathies,
May 8, 2012
our deepest condolences on the loss of your son

Anne Avon e Franco Russo
Anne Avon
May 7, 2012
Dear Donna, Lynn, Bob and family,

As I write this I am remembering our childhood times on Westhill. I will always remember Chris as the big brother I never had.
Always cherish the memories you have of Chris...they will last you a lifetime.

Thinking of you and sending {{{{HUGS}}}} and prayers,
With deepest sympathies,
Sharon (McNaughton)Tinkess
May 7, 2012
My deapest sympathies to Your family. May he rest in peace...
Diane Lebrun
May 7, 2012
Our condolences on the loss of your son and beloved family member. Our prayers are with your family. Jim and Irena Jones
May 7, 2012
"Our deepest condolence of the loss of your son Chris, our thoughts are with you and your family Letizia Lorello daughter of Tom & Elvira Lorello

( Toronto,Ontario)
letizia Lorello
May 7, 2012
My deepest condolences on the loss of your son Chris, Gilda Lorello, daughter of Tomasso and Elvira Lorello Toronto, Ont.
May 7, 2012
My deepest condolences
Terry Dooley
May 7, 2012
Bob & Family,
Its hard to know what to say at such a difficult time but I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories of Chris carry you through the difficult times.
Michelle Varteniuk
May 7, 2012
Bob; Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of Chris. May your fond memories help you through these most difficult days
David A. Smith
May 7, 2012
Bob,Sue and all of the family,
Our condolences on the loss of Chris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ken and Cathy Cramer
May 7, 2012
On behalf of the Ottawa West-Nepean federal riding association...our sincere sympathies to Bob and all of the family. Our prayers are with you.
Lee Farnworth, President
May 7, 2012
Dear Mr. Chiarelli and the Entire Chiarelli Family~ Especially Christopher's Siblings:

Sincerest condolences on the passing of a dear Son, Brother and Uncle.

May fond memories keep him with you always.

With sincerest sympathies,

Peter Dunlap and Family
Peter Dunlap
May 7, 2012
My heartfelt thoughts go out to the Chiarelli family .
Barry Horricks (Ottawa)
May 7, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Christopher and I met 2 years ago while travelling in the Turpin's Shuttle and when we realized the common connection we had quite a laugh. Mike and I send our sincere condolences and our deepest sympathies.
Cheryl Griffin
May 7, 2012
Donna and Family,
My deepest sympathies. Sending you strength during this difficult time.
May 7, 2012
Dear Donna,

My thoughts are with you and your family in these sad moments. Jacques
jacques carriere
May 7, 2012
My deepest sympathies to all of you-having a loving and supportive family is one of the greatest blessing anyone can have on this journey. Will be thinking of you all and sending lots of love.
Jessica Mankowski
May 7, 2012
It is never possible to find the right words to bring comfort through these difficult times. Donna, we're all very sadenned by the news and I was very touched by your kind words. Your brother was certainly a hero and will stay in your heart for ever.
Sylvie Lozeau
May 7, 2012
I am so very sorry for your loss of Chris in this world. Peace and serenity to you all. A loyal, true, funny and compassionate friend he was. He will not be forgotten! Rest in Peace, Chris.
Ann Gates
Ann Gates
May 7, 2012
Dear Bob, Randi and family:
Words cannot begin to express the sadness I am feeling right now. I want you to know that I am thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Chris always had a "hello" for me and we would always discuss the latest happenings in sports or current events. That is the memory of Chris that I'll carry with me. Though I did not seen him often over the past years, I want you to know that my thoughts are of him and with all of you at this time. Take strength in knowing that you have the support of your extended family and many friends to draw upon now and in the days and weeks ahead. God bless.
Shawn Williams
May 7, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to Bob Charelli and all of Christopher's family...his struggle is now over and he can watch over U all from above...God bless U all and may Ur memories of him sustain U and give U all strength during this difficult time and thru the rest of Ur days
Bev & Dan
May 7, 2012
Blessings to a family who lost a wonderful, courageous member. So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Chris's story and his strength with everyone. (You don't know me but I too was touched by his obituary).
May 7, 2012
So hard for a parent to lose a child, no matter what the age. I wish the Chiarelli family peace and strength during this sad time.
Nora B.
May 7, 2012
Saddened to read this news. My sympathies go out to the Chiarelli family. May God bless you as you face this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Trina Costantini-Powell and the family of Rudy Costantini
Trina Costantini-Powell
May 7, 2012
Dear Bob, Randi and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Chris. Our sincere condolences to all of you at this sad time.
Karen and Martin Foubert
Karen Foubert
May 7, 2012
Our sincerest sympathies to Bob and family during this sad time. God bless.

Don & Linda Romani
May 7, 2012
I don't know Christopher or his family, but I was touched by the obituary. I wish the family much strength in the days, months and years ahead.
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