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Christopher Joseph Best
Elton Black & Son Funeral Home
1233 Union Lake Road
White Lake, MI
In Loving Memory of Christopher Joseph Best who passed away on January 21, 2013.
Published by The Oakland Press from Jan. 21 to Jan. 27, 2014.
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My sincerest condolences to your family. May warm memories of the good times shared with Chris bring you solace. - Mt 22:32
A. H.
January 27, 2014
May god be with your family during this difficult. I am still in shock.The world is a better place because of you rest in peace
Mark Ayer Fort Lauderdale Florida (Sullivan Health Care)
Mark Ayer
January 28, 2013
To all in the Best Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep Chris, all his family and friends in my prayers. I was glad I could attend his funeral mass today. Chris was the Sound Engineer and Road Manager for several years for our band Red Alert. During those times we had much time to get to know Chris and experienced much in our travels together. All of us where lucky to work and spend time with Chris, he made us sound great, helped keep us grounded and did his best to keep us out of trouble. Some of the best memories with Chris were from an extended trip to play in Florida. Disney World, going to Playalinda beach and the other beaches during the day, working the clubs at night, we had a ton of fun. I wanted to share a funny story with you to remind us of the fun Chris had doing what he loved during his life.
We met a guy at one of the clubs who drove the astronauts around the Kennedy Space Center. Chris and all of us were invited to watch a rocket launch so we loaded up in a pickup during the day and got a tour of the grounds as we drove to watch the launch. The driver showed us the general public viewing area and continued driving, and then the VIP viewing area, and then the area were the families of the astronauts view from. We traveled a bit further then turned down the road to the active launch pad where the driver said we would pull off and watch the launch from. We could not believe we were going to watch the launch from such a forward spot even past the family viewing area. Well we found out we pretty quick we should not have been there. About 30 seconds after turning down the road we ended up being surrounded by MPs in Jeeps. After a few tense moments and the driver identifying himself as a driver at the Space Center, the MPs started laughing that the driver really thought he could take us that close, we obviously were not astronauts. We were escorted back past the Family area, past the VIP area and to the general public viewing area where Chris and the rest of us had a huge laugh about our ordeal and enjoyed the rocket launch. Chris will be missed by us all.
Matt Skoglund
January 26, 2013
We are so very sorry for your tragic loss of Chris. I remember Chris at Bests' Family summer occasions, always accompanied by happy young people he was a treasured mentor for and provided guidance and care. An Angel on Earth & Heaven. Keeping you all in our caring thoughts and prayers.
Laura (Wilson) Davis
January 26, 2013
Cris, rest in peace and may God bless you. Your peaceful easygoing spirit will be how I remember you. Always generous with your time and abilities, you blessed many lives. My condolences to the family.
Rob Sitarski
January 26, 2013
To the Family of Chris Best:

My sincerest condolences on your loss. Chris was a kind and decent man who was always willing to help. He will be greatly missed by many, but will live on in our fond memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sergio Sanchez
Taylor, MI
January 25, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bill and Aline Myatt
January 25, 2013
Our prayers are with Chris' family. What a great guy! It's just so unfair!
Marc & Janet Carlson
January 25, 2013
Becky & Rick,
We are deeply saddened by the loss of your brother. We will continue to pray that God will carry you and your family through this difficult time.
Becky & Scott Waller
January 25, 2013
It's never easy when friends are taken suddenly, always remember how precious they are and keep the memories close to your heart. What was great about Chris is that no matter how mad he got at you, he forgave and that is a quality of what true friendship is about. He was special and he fulfilled that tasks that God set out for him. Well done my friend. You'll be missed but not forgotten....never. Joseph Z.
January 25, 2013
Aunt Lisa, Uncle Dean, and family, we are very sorry for your loss of Chris. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Heather & Peter & Grey
Heather Wilson
January 25, 2013

Not – How did he die? But – How did he live?
Not – What did he gain? But – What did he give?
These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not – What was his station? But – had he a heart?
And – How did he play his God-given part?
Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer?
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not – What was his church? Not – What was his creed?
But – Had he befriended those really in need?
Not – What did the sketch in the newspaper say?
But – How many were sorry when he passed away?
These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
(unknown author)

We are so sorry for your loss.
Keith and Linda Wilson
January 25, 2013
Our heart goes out to your family during this difficult loss of Chris. May God bless and comfort you in your time of need.
Pam and Dennis Wilson
January 25, 2013
Deeply saddened to learn of this terrible tragedy. Our prayers are with Chris's family in this difficult time. RIP
Eleonore Ellero-Groth
January 25, 2013
I am terribly sorry for this loss of life! He certainly was a good, gracious man, though I never had the pleasure of meeting him; always good thing I heard! Even though these difficult, sad times... Just Remember Chris's life! All the wonderful memories, fun times, and great work he accomplished while he was with you ALL!!! Celebrate his life, though taken too sudden, his spirit will live everyone he touched! God Bless! Trina Falkowski
January 25, 2013
Will remember Chris for a long time. We had many years of working together.
Ken Snyder
Gulfport, Florida
January 25, 2013
Becky and Rick
We are so sorry for your loss. You and yours are in our prayers during this time of great loss. Daughn and Ken Forbes from
Ken Forbes
January 25, 2013
Chris has been a parent to a lot of Foreign Exchange Students. They loved him like a father. Chris has always been kind and was always ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. It is difficult to even think about how he died. He certainly did not deserve to go like that. My thoughts and prayers for him always.
Jose Mangune
January 24, 2013
Chris was a hero to many young people who looked to him for guidance and advice. He was always accompanied by one or more young person seeking an alternative to their current direction. They got assistance with their bearings from Chris. Chris always had my respect; a man who gave so much and asked for so little in return. The world is a lesser place. He will be missed.
Joel Champagne
January 24, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Chris's.
(Ellen's mother)
Janet Barrett
January 24, 2013
Heartfelt thoughts and prayer for all of you. May you find some comfort knowing that Chris is at peace. Love to you all!
Tricia Calme-Nelson
January 24, 2013
Chris was our sound engineer and an integral part of our band, Rhythm Society Orchestra. He was always a kind soul and willing to do anything to help anyone. We are all shocked and heartbroken by this tragedy. Chris will missed by many and he and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul King
January 24, 2013
I just recieved word of Chris's death and am sending our deepest condolesence to his family. We had many a good time with Chris and will remember his kind heart and always smiling face. May God give you strength and help ease your pain. Another angel has just gotten his wings to watch over all of us.
Denise Hagan
January 24, 2013
My heart goes out to all the Best's family, you are in my thoughts and prayers, my God Bless you at this difficult.
Karen, Doug Denio
January 24, 2013
God Bless Chris and may his family find strength in their darkest hours.
Julie Lackey
January 24, 2013
old neighbor of the bests my condolences to all of you and may you all be blessed at this very difficult time
cynde paigetowers
January 24, 2013
This world has lost a good hearted soul, may your memories comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Conlin Consulting Employees
Brenda King
January 24, 2013
i am so sorry for his loss. he is in our prayers as is the whole family. linda hauser dequin
January 24, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
chrissy hauser-McDonald
January 24, 2013
In these hours and days of grief, may you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of Chris.
He will surely be missed by many.
Kris and Mike Nye
January 24, 2013
My heart goes out to your family, just know that Chris is now in a safe place in the arms of Jesus !
Linda Wetzel
January 24, 2013
I will always remember Chris's fostering of young people. He did it completely selflessly and with love and respect for the children he fostered. I remember sharing a conversation with he and my wife Ann Marie where he was explaining the difficulties and frustrations of getting thru the huge paperwork process of becoming a parent to a foster child. All the while this never stopped him from giving time and guidance to these worthy kids. Chris was the kind of person that the world needs more of. The best to his family and friends in getting through a tough time. Tony and Ann Marie Ruda
Tony Ruda
January 23, 2013
Chris was the most wonderful person I have had the pleasure to have called my friend. I remember the day we met at his job interview back around 1975 with the Salem Witchcraft Band, to be our sound tech. We all agreed after a very short time and he has been my friend since that day. He was always so supportive and giving with all the Charity work I did and was always on board to support whatever the cause we were performing for. He had a great big heart and I will miss him everyday of my life. We were on the phone for almost a half hour, up to just minutes before he lost his life and I'll be lost without him in my life. Friends like Chris only come around once in a lifetime and to lose him in such a way, is too much for me to take. He was such a supportive person in my life....I just miss him and my life has gotten darker without his shining light to help me find my way in this nasty world.... :o(
Arlen Viecelli
January 23, 2013
we are so very sorry for your loss, the world is definitely not a better place today.
randy norris
January 23, 2013
David & Tammy Kroll
January 23, 2013
May you rest in Peace.
Diane G
January 23, 2013
Our prayers are with Chris's family. Taken from us all so tragically. May he run god's sound board from heaven. He will be missed.
David and Tammy Kroll
January 23, 2013
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