Dedicated to a loved Spirit who has walked along in our lives

Christopher E. Douglass

August 25, 1979 - May 31, 2008
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Tributes to Chris
A Note from Glen Giasson,
long time friend of Chris' and founder of
Small World Treks
 

I'd like to start off with a quote by Mark Twain:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover."

This philosophy is exactly how Chris lived his life. Chris was able to find adventure in anything. Whether it be walking in the fields behind his parents home, or walking across the country, he would always find it. I, was fortunate enough to find many of those adventures with him. Often times, wondering why we had jumped in, without question. But both knowing that once we'd finished, we'd be better because of it.

Chris had an infectious personality. He created bonds with people that were truly unique. I know that many of the best times of my life were with him, and I am sure that many of you can say the same.

As I look at you all, I see a story behind each teary eye. A memory of him, whatever it may be, and a story that goes with it.  I know that he will live on, through us. And I know that each and every one of us, are better because of it.

Earlier this week, I attended my Sister's Senior Assembly. She is graduating this weekend and I would like to say how proud I am of her. Her class president, a young man by the name of Dillon Ward, read a quote by Helen Keller to the underclassmen. I found it wonderfully coincidental that I heard this quote, at this particular time, and I would like to repeat it.

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."

Chris lived a life many of us were envious of. I can't count how many times he would tell me of his adventures, and I would long for a life as care-free and curious as his.

Luckily, I spoke with Chris more in the last 2 months, than I had in the last 2 years. And I am grateful for that. I am grateful that most of the best times of my life were spent with him, and I only regret not being able to spend more time with him.

The famous adventurer Mark Jenkins wrote: "Adventure is a path. Real adventure - self determined, self-motivated, often risky - forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind - and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white."

Good Bye my Friend,
My life will never be the same, now that you are gone.

Glen Giasson

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Note from Jamie Anderson
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Note from Abby Kesilman
Note from Marshall Ulrich
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Running with Chris

Some friends told us of their Running with
Chris in Mind.
How Great is That?

Linda Douglass
Jean Abradi
Ryan Abradi

Judy Castonguay
Matt Escorsio
Glen Giasson
David Huish
Abby Kesilman
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Marshall Ulrich
Yuliya Zinnatullina

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