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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Name:Donald Penta
Comments:I wish I had known him.
August 25, 2015 16:13:31 (GMT Time)



Name:Ruth Howarth
Comments:Thanks so much for sharing this. It was a wonderful timeless beautiful message. Your father and brother were wonderful inspiring people.
June 21, 2015 18:33:36 (GMT Time)



Name:Sharon
Comments:Chris and I shared a love of music. We went to a Francis Dunnery house concert together and it was a blast. Who knew when we took a walk to the dock he would lose his glasses in the lake...then, with glowsticks I borrowed from the host's daughters, he jumped in after them and found them with his toes! Chris was pretty amazing. I'm so glad our paths got to cross.
June 2, 2015 08:11:18 (GMT Time)



Name:John Rodrigue
Comments:After messaging with Linda earlier, she offered Chris's website. I had no idea it existed. I am captivated by his life and what he stood for and accomplished at such a young age. His memory is strong and healthy within the TMR group that I have so fortunately have become a member of. He is spoken of often and missed greatly by those that knew him. I am sad I never had the honor and pleasure to meet him. He has won the hearts of many adventurous and wonderful people.
May 31, 2015 17:25:30 (GMT Time)



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May 18, 2015 01:40:02 (GMT Time)



Name:Mike Carbone
Comments:Hi. I was awarded the Chris Douglass Award at the Scuffle Trail Race yesterday that is held in his honor. Not having ever met Chris I wanted to learn more about him. I have to say that in the past hour of reading about Chris I have been inspired, laughed, cried, and leave feeling humbled and sorrow for your loss. What an incredible person. Thank you for continuing to maintain this website so that those of us who never knew Chris can still learn from him. -mike
July 14, 2014 11:51:09 (GMT Time)



Name:
Comments:Thinking of you today. Happy your dad is with you but sad to hear he's gone. Nice knowing you are together in heaven:)
March 22, 2014 12:33:46 (GMT Time)



Name:Helen Stuart
Comments:I learnt about Chris this afternoon after read about him in a book by Marshall Ulrich "Running on Empty". I was compelled to find out more about this extraordinary young man who lived an extraordinary Life that was cut short far to soon. I am a hobby runner and I feel greatly uplifted and motivated to Live each day to the fullest after learning about Chris and his life. He leaves a legacy of Passion, commitment, thought provoking stories and Love of Life an inspiration to those who take the time to Learn from his extraordinary Life.
September 20, 2013 01:25:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Bethany
Comments:It is your 33rd Birthday Lil Brother. Missing you much.
August 25, 2012 03:13:30 (GMT Time)



Name:Jane Hinkley
Comments:Chris is always in my thots. I miss him sooo much it hurts. He helped me thru some of the hardest times in my life. XOXO
July 28, 2012 13:58:28 (GMT Time)



Name:linda westley
Comments:i read about Chris in Marshall Ulrich's book (yesterday) and was so moved by Chris' life. I am so sorry for your loss.
February 18, 2012 20:55:43 (GMT Time)



Name:
Comments:I am missing you like crazy Chris. Looking at the poinsetta in your name from the church doesn't help. Watching home movies doesn't ease the pain either. I also do not believe it was your time to leave. I believe you had a lot of life left to live. I miss your voice, I miss seeing you walk thru the door. I miss you like crazy. I want to hear about whats happening with you. and I want to share with you about whats happening with me. I want to talk simple things like food, music & books. I want to hear your advice about the bigger things like love, family & our futures. I miss you. The pain doesn't ease. It just gets easier to hide. We all miss you. Really miss you. I wish I could give you your Christmas gift. And so wish I could hug you tight. I miss you little brother.
December 25, 2011 05:30:07 (GMT Time)



Name:Robin Jarvis
Comments:Today 11/20/11 I climbed up the Brook Trail with 3 friends...Sandy, Mike & Darlene. We had planned this trip a week or so ago. Then a friend of mine turned me on to geocaching. I checked out geocache.com to see if there were any on Tumbledown...and came across yours. I enjoyed reading about Chris and his life, and was determined to find this geocache today. Being new to this...it was a little difficult for us...but we stayed focused and found the box with the blue lid. It was so exciting...and I actually felt a little closer to your son...someone who I had never met...but, someone who had a wonderful outlook on life and obviously loved the same mountain that I do. Thank you for sharing his story.
November 20, 2011 23:43:36 (GMT Time)



Name:Nina
Comments:Today my husband went to the post office to mail a memory necklace for a young man of 18 who died unexpectaly at college and the clerk that waited on him was Christopher's mother Linda. She reconized the name on the package which contained a memory necklace and went on to tell my husband the story of her son. I was so touched to here her story that I had my husband call her and tell her to get the obituary for me and I would be more than happy to make her a memory necklace in loving memory of Christopher. I live in her town and I consider that to be a neighbor that I would love to help heal. I hope it works, as I made hundreds of these necklaces for parents that lost a child or even more than one. I know the feeling of losing babies (3 myself) I never got to meet mine. I know they are learning all they can from this amazing person. God Bless the family and friends and I am so sorry for your loss. Love to All.
November 19, 2011 01:10:04 (GMT Time)



Name:Nathan Augustine
Comments:Sounds like a normal Trail Monster gathering.
November 4, 2011 16:05:07 (GMT Time)



Name:Schweetiecakes
Comments:This is true. This morning I was out in my garden and noticed a baby dragonfly on my hanging plant. I was close to the plant and didn't see it right away but thought, whoa there little buddy, when I finally did. (All this before reading Chris's story a few hours later.) I stared a while then went off to water my plants. I went back and the df was a little higher up on the plant. I went for a bike ride, came home and put Marshall Ulrich's book on my web site because I loved one of the quotes. Turns out it was a quote by none other than Chris (page 147). Then, I had to go on line and wanted to look up Chris and voila. All I can say is Hi Chris nice to see you this morning. :)
July 6, 2011 16:54:13 (GMT Time)



Name:Sarah Wilkins
Comments:I love this story! (dragonfly)
May 27, 2011 23:12:25 (GMT Time)



Name:anonymous
Comments: The passing of such a great spirit can never be compared to another. I truly miss our adventure's and the love we shared for the same soul. She is gone now and I pray for you both. Love ya, our long lost Brother. I will see you at the big camping spot. Save a seat!
April 21, 2011 22:18:44 (GMT Time)



Name:Sandy Berry
Comments:I am sorry I never got to meet him, he sounds like a wonderful guy!
January 10, 2011 17:15:45 (GMT Time)



Name:Benjamin Firth
Comments:Vermont 50 was an awesome story!
October 20, 2010 20:30:04 (GMT Time)



Name:Diana
Comments:Just want to let Bethany know that I have stopped by on the website. My prayers are with the family.
October 10, 2010 21:51:27 (GMT Time)



Name:The Order of the Weasel
Comments:What a fitting tribute! Thanks for the geocache in this beautiful spot. (Tumbledown Mtn)
August 24, 2010 14:43:38 (GMT Time)



Name:Bethany
Comments:Who would have thought, huh? I really believed I would see you lose all your hair, get old and wrinkled with grandkids around you. I miss you throughout every day, Chris. You really made life fun and opened my world up to many thoughts and places. I still laugh when I think about some of the things we did together. I still wonder for hours about some of the discussions we had. I miss theorizing, dreaming, and talking music with you. I wish you could call and have us listen to you play your Gee-Tar over the tele. Miss you like crazy. Would hug you and never let you go if I could.
April 20, 2010 00:13:13 (GMT Time)



Name:Glen
Comments:Hey buddy! I just wanted to say 'hey' and I miss you. I think of you all the time and I can't help but laugh at all the good times we had! "I got the drink!" Keeping the dream alive, Smallworldtreks.net =P
December 5, 2009 00:46:47 (GMT Time)




Name:Jess O'Brien
Comments: Thought of Chris the whole time we traveled across the United States... How excited he would be for us...the places he might have stopped at & enjoyed (anyone up for a Mr. Weiner? Delicious!)... the stories he told us of his previous explorations...(waking up to realize the quiet road he tented next to at night was a major thru way in the day!).

Much love to the Douglass Family,
Jess
November 10, 2009

Name:A friend
Subject:Prayer
Comments:Chris today I had the chance to think about your legacy, the past few days in fact. You left us all with a true understanding of how a life can be so short, yet so full. I never had the chance to meet you face to face, yet I feel I know everything there is to know. You gave it your all, and always did it with a smile; you will never be lost in our hearts. I pray that a part of you can stay with all of us, and I hope you and Ame can meet again. My thoughts and prayers will be with you forever, and your words will always be with me. Thank you.
01 Jul 2009



Name:Brandi.
Subject: Uncle Chris.
Comments:Uncle Chris inspired me so much. He made me run with him, he taught me how to play guitar, piano, and some drums. Uncle was the coolest uncle I think anybody could want. Training with him for my first 5k race was so fun. He makes running enjoyable and not so hard haha. Uncle Chris, I know we didn't see eachother much because you were ALWAYS out of state :) but, what i did see of you.. we made memories out of. I will never forget the night you took me to chinese, or the times we played our guitars. You mean the world to me. R.I.P. <3Brandi
10 Oct 2008


Name: Dick Jones
Subject: Chris
Comments:Your eMail was the first I had heard of Chris's tragic passing, and I was stunned and deeply saddened. I had been expecting a call any time saying he was back in Maine.

I'm the guy who sold Chris the motorcycle he rode to Phoenix and Denver, and Chris had stayed in touch with me until he sold the bike in preparation for his walk back to Maine.

I felt, as I'm sure everyone who knew him did, an immediate and easy friendship with Chris, and I admired his great sense of adventure. I have spoken of Chris to many friends, and I put him in touch with my friend, Art Bone, whom I know will want to express his condolences as well.

I told Chris of some of my motorcycle adventures and found in him a kindred spirit, though I am old enough to be his Dad.

I am so very sorry to hear of his death and feel he was robbed of so many life adventures at such a tender age.

My association with him was brief, but I knew instantly he was a very special young man, and I will sorely miss his communiques.

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and condolences for yourself and your family, as well as Chris's many friends.

With best regards,
Dick Jones
 24 Oct 2008


Name: Kristen & Jeremy
Subject: Ratatat Concert Attendees
Comments:We went to Ratatat last night and met a friend of Chris and Ame. It really touched us that he was there, among many others, in memory of Chris and in support of Ame. The friend told us about this site and I wanted to leave a message letting Chris's friends and family that our hearts go out to you. All of our best to Ame as well -- stay strong, girl! Even though we don't know you, all of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Kristen & Jeremy
 03 Sep 2008


Name:Dan
Comments:I remember my friends--Joanne and John Scott--telling me about Chris. Then he called me. It was a warm spring night in spring and I stepped out of a cafe and walked around the block as Chris told me his story. A lot of people contact me. They have dreams of walking around America or climbing a mountain or biking around Europe. They're all looking for ways to fund their dream. I hang up the phone and have the feeling that they won't follow through.

Chris was different. He had this unmitigated enthusiasm and a real willingness to listen (I the counterintuitive calculus of fundraising, you need to forget about what you want to do and figure out what your funder wants). We spoke for an hour. With Chris, I hung up the phone thinking: this guy is going to do it.

Joanne told me of Chris' accident a few weeks before your note arrived. I'm proud to have had the opportunity to know your brother however briefly. I'm hoping your heart is on the mend and that Chris' bright light endures with you.

Let me know if I can help with anything.

All the best,
Dan Buettner
August 20, 2008

Name:Cris
Comments:Hello,

My name is Cris. I met Chris in late May, just days before this
tragedy. I bought his famous Honda motorcycle (Maine to Arizona trip)
from him.

What should have been a short transaction took quite a bit of time,
primarily because Chris and I recognized and appreciated one another as kindred spirits. In 2003, I left the successful practice of law, gave
away all my possessions, and began traveling the country with no money.
Chris understood this, and we shared many stories.

We met again the next day to take care of more motorcycle business, and ended up talking even longer. I got online tonight to check on his trek
status and leave him a message when I discovered this horrible news.

In any event, I am shocked, saddened, and sorry. In two short days, Chris
and I became good friends and I was looking forward to meeting him in
Maine.

He had asked me to send him the Maine license plate from the motorcycle.
Would you like for me to send it?

Regards,
Cris
August 8, 2008

Name: Sarah Wilkins
Subject: Chris
Comments:To Chris's family,

I am Matt Escorsio's mother, and I just learned this afternoon of your son and brother, Chris's, passing. I am so shocked and so very sorry to learn this news from Matt. Matt and Chris I know enjoyed being roommates in Lisbon a few years ago, and Matt considered Chris one of his very best friends.

My heart, prayers and thoughts go out to you all. If there's anything I can do for any of you, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Sarah A. Wilkins
 12 Aug 2008


Name:David
Subject:I will think of Chris in every race I run
Comments:Hello there. I was unaware of this tragedy. I am SO saddened and troubled to hear of your/everyone's loss of Chris. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I did not know Chris well. We met at The Pineland farms 50K Trail Race in 2006. It was after the race in the parking area - he and your Dad were parked next to me. We struck up a conversation and I felt an immediate like for Chris. We exchanged email addresses and emailed with each other a bit. He was just getting going in the world of trail/ultrarunning and I had already been at it for years so we wrote to each other about some of our favorite trails and mountains in the Farmington, Weld, Western Maine area. We kept trying to get our schedules together for a run but between his comings and goings, my family life, professional life, training and racing, it just never happened. It is a real testament to Chris and the life he lived to watch, listen, read some of the wonderful things on his website. In our one, relatively brief face-to-face encounter I was struck by his enthusiam, positive energy, upbeat attitude, and intensity. I have no doubt that he touched many lives with those qualities in the short time he was with us. It was clear that he was destined to bring his gifts to bear for the good of all who had the good fortune to know him. I will think of Chris in every race I run. With sympathy and care, David Huish
24 Jul 2008



Name:Shep
Subject:Chris
Comments:I am so sorry to hear this news. I have been in South Africa for a long time and had no idea. Chris and I did not know each other well, but we did enjoy each other's company ... mostly at the Dead Mule club in Chapel Hill. Chris was a wonderful person ... I remember great conversations regarding walking, music, immaturity as a conscious choice and many others. I worked as an editor in Chapel Hill for a while and Chris and I would talk about his writing. Thank you for letting me know. I hate that you and your family are going through this. Be well. Warm Regards, Shep
24 Jul 2008



Name:Leslie
Subject: Your Friend in the Detroit to Denver Skies
Comments:Bethany, I have thought of you so many times since that day we met aboard the airplane. My friend Lori and I watched Chris' DVD on the way home from our Colorado visit. He was a remarkable person! What an ENORMOUS loss for this world, and especially for you and your family! I wish you well, Leslie
18 Jul 2008



Name:Shayla Williams
Subject:Lisbon Class of 98
Comments:Hello, My name is Shayla Williams and I am a graduate of the class of '98 from Lisbon High School. One of my friends had posted a bulletin on myspace about Chris's passing and even though I was never great friends with Chris, I do remember him. We had many friends in common and we were friendly, if not friends. It's hard not to be when you are only a class of 80 people. I'm certain that most, if not all, of the 80 people in our class remember Chris, fondly I'm certain. I have been peaking at your website dedicated to him from time to time and tonight saw the site regarding the memorial plaque for him and the fundraisers. If it is ok with you, I would like to send information to as many of our previous classmates as I can and ask them if they would like to make a donation in the name of the Lisbon High School Class of 1998. I would then invite whoever would like to, to come and present that donation at one of the fundraisers. In a class of 80 students, this loss will likely be felt deeply by all. Please let me know if you would be ok with this. Sincerely, Shayla Williams
14 Jul 2008



Name:Molly
Subject:I am so sorry for your loss
Comments:To the Douglass family: I am still numb and in shock over the news of Chris's death. I want to wish you my deepest sympathy during this time.Chris was a good friend to me and I will miss him greatly. I met Chris online through a running group. We communicated via email for quite awhile and then I had the wonderful chance to meet him in person during his journey from Maine to Phoenix. He came to stay with me in Albuquerque ...and the moment I met him it was like we had been friends forever. I have a large dog...Bullit and Chris being the dog lover he is bonded with Bullit immediately! We shared some conversation, laughs and I sent him on his way up to Denver. I was going through a very stressful time and Chris was so supportive of my endeavors. He was a great friend to all of us and someone I truly looked up to as he loved life. I recently moved to Denver and we were looking forward to sharing some running adventures. I am sad I won't be able to have those moments. My thoughts are with you and your family during this very sad time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Sincerely Molly
14 Jul 2008



Name:Ed Belanger
Subject:I am sorry for your loss
Comments:Hello Jerry & Linda, I send my condelences to yourselves and family. I wanted to send a message, because although you know that Chris had many friends, I wanted to take the opportunity to display just that. Its always going to be part of Chris' legacy to me, not just the adventures he had, but the people he connected with from all walks of life. I worked with Chris at John F. Murphy Homes. We spent some time together occasionally, over a period of a couple years and stayed in touch the way Chris always did, that infamous spontaneous phone call..."Hey! It's Chris..." During the time we hung out and worked together, he was 22 and I was 30. Chris was single and carefree, and I had a family with all the worries that go with that. He was spontaneous and I "had" to have plans. Chris liked the outdoors and nature and I liked the city with asphalt. Despite our differences we both liked each other and learned quite a bit from each other I think. We knew we would remain friends casually because I lived a married and settled life somewhat and Chris needed to be in the wind. I always encouraged him to take his dog and hit the road and when he left for Carolina and started his ventures outward I was a happy man. Chris' ability to be carefree, in the wind, adventuresome, and daring made him somewhat of a hero to me in various ways. I am going to be sad that my man is no longer out there trekking along but I am elated that Chris took his shot and led an adventuresome life. Chris had many many friends and acquaintances and I am fortunate to have been one of them. Again my condolences and my thoughts are with your family. Ed Belanger
10 Jul 2008


Name:Joanne
Comments:Dear Jerry, Linda and family,

My family was struck silent when Ryan called John with the news of Chris’s passing. My husband John met Chris through the guitar shop, and I clearly remember the day he came home and told me about this great new guy working there, and that they have Maine in common. So enjoyable to talk to, told a great story, interested in learning new things, so self reliant, and they were able to do Maine-speak together. We hosted the Crustacean CookOff here at our home for the guitar shop. Each man proud of his local crustacean. Stike from Louisiana with his crawdaddies, Ryan from Maryland with his crabs, and John & Chris were going to be hawking the Maine lobster ... . None the less, that party was one of the neatest things we have done since we moved here to North Carolina. Sometimes John and I would refer to Chris as our other child. He was closer to our son Andrew’s age than to us, not something we’d usually think about, but if pop culture came up - we’d feel old! We were a landing spot for something to do when other cooler choices were not going on, maybe just sit around the fire pit out back and talk for hours. He and John enjoyed their conversations. Chris called to bounce ideas off John or to ask for his opinion. We always looked forward to hearing what this guy was going to do next, and always felt that with his wonderful personality and salesmanship, he’d be able to accomplish it.

Your son Chris was so great with Andrew, who is now 12. Andrew never felt like Chris was treating him as a kid, Chris was his cool friend (and he rode a motorcycle!). When Chris headed west, Andrew wanted to be kept up to date with his buddy’s goings on.

I am so sad for your loss, and I want you to know that your son and brother made a wonderful impact on us. Though no longer in our world, Chris is forever in our hearts.
 
June 7, 2008


Name:Maggi - Carrboro Film Festival Committee
Subject:Chris' films
Comments:On behalf of our town's film festival, we would welcome any submission of one of Chris' short films. Would you wamt to take this on, as a tribute to Chris?
27 Jun 2008



Name:Cindy & Doug Gregory
Subject:so so sorry
Comments:We are so sorry for your loss. We just learned of your tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to all that were close to Chris. In times like this it is always hard to say anything that will make you feel a little better, but i believe that every day will get better and consider this as another journey for Chris. All of our sympathy....and love
23 Jun 2008



Name:Gadow Guitars
Comments:On May 31, former Gadow representative and friend, Chris Douglass, was killed in an automobile accident in Colorado. Chris was Gadow Guitars very first representative. He had incredible drive and unlimited energy in spreading the word about our company and our product. We will miss our friend terribly.
23 Jun 2008



Name:Mark
Subject:My Condolences
Comments:I didn't know Chris, but I can tell right away I would have liked him. We share a love for adventure, and a respect for the outdoors. It was one of the alluring factors which brought me and my family to Colorado several years ago. Just by looking at his posts and videos, I could sense his enthusiasm and passion for life. The world was a better place with him in it, and I'm sad to say our paths will never cross. As the father of a 7 month old this hits home. Although he hasn't had the life Chris has had, feeling the loss of a child is the worst pain a parent can feel. My thoughts are with you and your family. I'll be sending my love and prayers for Ame and her family and hope she gets through this. With Great Sincerity, Mark
20 Jun 2008



Name:Sharon Buck
Subject:I am sorry for your loss
Comments:Mr and Mrs Douglass, I am Sharon Buck and 2 years ago I met Chris at our yearly Country Chowdown in Augusta. It was there we talked about music and running and babies (I was pregnant at the time!). I asked him to go with me to a concert given by an incredible artist named Francis Dunnery. We had a blast!! The evening started with me meeting him here at the station after he had been digging for gold! He changed and drove me to the concert which was held in the backwoods at a friends house. We took a walk thruogh the woods and stopped at a lake and just talked. We talked so much we almost missed the concert! He was wearing his glasses and they dropped into the lake. He said I'll get them after the concert and, sure enough, in the pitch dark with a glow stick he and I went down through the woods. He proceeded to change (I didn't peek!) and I held the glow stick while he dived into the water and after a few minutes of dunking himself, he found them with his foot. He said "There's always a way, isn't there?" We talked for a long time after that. He changed (I still didn't peek!) and drove me home. We saw each other for a while and realized that we were great friends and that's all. Well, I am proud to say he was one of the greatest men I've ever met. Inspirational, exciting, explosive, ingenius, captivating. All words to describe a man whose really only ambition was to do the impossible and show that it could be done, to inspoire others to do the same. Thank you for the wonderful son you brought into the world. I will miss him. And so will the world.
19 Jun 2008



Name:John M Farrell
Subject:To Jerry, Linda, and Family
Comments:This site is a wonderful way to get to know Chris and how magnificent he was. I have been non-stop thinking of you. God Bless you. We will never forget and so he will live on through us. John
19 Jun 2008



Name:Amy's Aunt Becki
Subject:I am sorry for your loss
Comments:Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I had to email you and tell you how uplifting your article was on Chris. He sounds like a wonderful son and brother and friend. I never had the pleasure of meeting him face to face, however when I read his article I feel like I have met a part of Chris (his adventurous side). The article was so wonderfully written and it gave us a short story into Chris' life and for that I thank you. I am sorry the world has lost such a great person, but most of all I am glad he was in the world as he has made it a better place I am sure. Picture's do speak a thousand words. I hope you find some comfort in reading from others how much he touched their lives. He has touched mine forever!
19 Jun 2008



Name:Tom Jennings
Subject:My Condolences - he was a myspace friend - wonderful young man
Comments:Jerry - I'm so sorry to hear of Chris' untimely death. Please pass my condolences along to your entire family. So tragic and sad. I've had tears in my eyes all morning since hearing about it from another myspace friend that called me about Chris. Although I never met Chris, we emailed a fair amount on myspace up until he moved to Colorado and then neither of us had much time to say 'hey' and keep up with one another's life. I just wanted to let you know that he touched a lot of lives and inspired many of us that never even met him - his wonderful blogs about his adventures on myspace touched us all. I told him many times he should write a book. He was a wonderful young man and I will always remember him.
19 Jun 2008



Name:Brian Moxcey
Subject:Goodbye my friend
Comments:Goodbye my friend - It is hard for me to watch your videos. I still can't believe you are gone. It was hard to watch some of the videos because you were taken too early and it upsets me. I will miss your charisma and your determination. As I have always said that you could sell an ice cube to an eskimo. I am proud of you and wish I would have told you so. I know you are on an another adventure in a better place. I will miss you.
18 Jun 2008



Name:Molly and Bullit
Subject:Thank you Chris
Comments:Chris- Thank you for being such a good friend to me and Bullit. I will never forget when you showed up in Albuquerque on your motorcycle! It seemed like I had known you forever. Thank you for comforting me when I was sad. I will really miss you. Keeping on running in Colorado for you..... Molly and Bullit
17 Jun 2008



Name:Luc (some random stranger)
Subject:Chris' Abundant Life
Comments:I just read Chris' story and cried. I've never met him, I only know about him through the blogs I read and the news reports from the internet. I wish I had the chance to meet him. I'm a 30 year old trail runner from Ohio and I'm still crying. Please accept my deepest condolences and be sure to smile and laugh on his life, rather than dwell on his death. He was (and still is) an amazing person. I will never forget his story and plan to share it with my friends. I will think of him often and always hold his spirit high. Please know that he is making his epic walk to Maine as I type. His spirit is too strong for him not to make that trek :) Sincerely, Luc (some random stranger)
12 Jun 2008



Name:Rebecca
Subject:Missing you from upstairs
Comments:I'm still a bit in denial about this whole thing..I live above Chris and Ame's apartment and was hanging out with them the night before it happened. Chris was so excited for his trip, and when I was walking out the door, he said "I'll see you in the fall!" I wish that was true. I miss hearing Ame and Chris moving around below me and hearing them talking and laughing. The house feels so empty now. I miss bumping into them in the hallways and laughing about our silly neighbor. I hope to God that some day soon, Ame will be back in her apartment and maybe it won't feel so empty anymore. I'm praying and thinking of her everyday...Chris, you're in a much better place now and I know you're watching Ame and the rest of us from up there. XOXO Rebecca
10 Jun 2008



Name:Cat and Mike's friend Nadine
Subject: My condolences and prayers for Ame
Comments:Hi, I never met Chris and only met Ame once, but I am good friends with Ame's sister Cat and her husband Mike. I am inspired by the beautiful person Chris was and was taken by what a nice person Ame is when I met her in May. Wishing all of you the support and love you need to get through this very difficult time and wishing much love and the best possible healing to Ame. Nadine
10 Jun 2008



Name:jay splude
Subject: an unspoken friend
Comments:if there were a ever a time iv had regrets it is now.we were always somewhat distant with great debates. there were a few uncomforting times between the two of us. although we shared a great freind to the both of us,I found you to be annoying, arogant,and ignorant at times.I didnt always treat you with the respect you deserved for that i am sorry.we had many good times nevertheless,some of them bordering on insane,I found myself [questioning my own sanity]but enjoying the wild and carefree moment.I look back at the 10-11 years iv known you and cant remember a bonding hug or call on the weekend to say was up. I dont recall ever refering to you as my freind.Time is unforgiving and years slip away ....leaving me with a lost chance to truly know you. Your voice will always echo in my head ,the arguments,laughter ,and wise ass coments.i never thought this would come from me ..... But im really missing you chris.I truly regret being the unspoken friend.
09 Jun 2008



Name:Tina and Tripp - The Music
Subject:  The Music
Comments:Through music we love,we laugh,we cry,and we celebrate. Through music we share ourselves with eachother, we live, and we remember....We will remember Chris as we watch our two young boys, Spencer and Elliot, dance around our kithchen floor like crazy monkeys to the same Pinkertones song over and over and over again,(a sight that Chris has enjoyed with us as well). Thankyou for the Pinkertones, thankyou for the music...
07 Jun 2008



Name:Greg Fulton
Subject:Blood Brothers
Comments:Lisbon Falls Maine first day of kindergarten I got into a fight with Chris because I said Santa clause was fake and Chris assured me he was real we went round and round finally I think we agreed to disagree!After that we were joined at the hip if we were not out riding bikes or quads then we were more than likely playing army or building snow forts.Maybe it was back then we both got the itch to trek.We trekked all over followed the river found the "bear caves" and many other tight little spots that I will never forget.When it was to nasty to go outside we would just sit and play excite bike and super Mario all day.Spent many a hot summer day fishing in the pond with popcorn or swimming at the pool.Cris's Dad Mr.D would always trick us by the pool and get us to look at something in the water then push us in we could never get him back! Until with a bit of plotting early on a Sunday morning everybody was ready for church of course with our Sunday best on. Chris and I lured Mr.D out by the pool we told him something was stuck in the drain it worked perfect he got right to the edge and Chris pushed him face first he went in his Sunday best we laughed the whole way to church.From the helicopter rides to the classic cars and atvs I don't think I could have asked for a better friend growing up! I will never forget the day we became blood brothers I still have the scar we were sitting in our prefab army fort our old fort had been plowed over to make way for the new garage.As best friends we had are fair share of fights but like Chris said "if we do this we will be brothers forever"he sliced my thumb and I sliced his bleeding thumbs pressed together we made our oath best friends and brothers for life. He will be greatly missed the world is a lesser place without him.One of my favorite things about Chris is that no matter what situation or what kinda mood I was in after talking with him I always felt better and happier about life and just somehow knew everything was going to be alright.I could go on and on for pages and pages but I will end with this. Hey Chris love ya Bro !
06 Jun 2008



Name:Angela Merrill
Subject:Dearest Chris
Comments:I will remember you for so many reasons but the most of all would be my 30th b-day when you brought me hotpeppers that you grew oh and your hat that you didn't want me to have I will cherish it forever. You always had a new idea to strike it rich and now your life will be richer then ever I will miss you forever
05 Jun 2008



Name:Kayla
Subject:In my thoughts
Comments:While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. ~John Taylor My heart goes out to the entire Douglass family, you are all in my thoughts.
05 Jun 2008



Name:Renee Darling
Subject:Keep Traveling Bud
Comments:Life throws us the curve ball, and this one just happened to hit you. But you've crossed on, and if you could, let us know what we're in for in the next life. Keep the adventure alive.
06 Jun 2008



Name:Jane & Ryan
Subject:MISS YOU
Comments:WE MISS YOU SOOO MUCH. YOU MADE SUCH A POSSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR LIVES. THANK YOU. WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. LOVE YOU FOREVER
05 Jun 2008



Name:Jane & Ryan
Subject:MISS YOU SOOOO MUCH
Comments:WE THINK ABOUT U EVERY DAY AND ALWAYS HAVE. YOU ADEMADE SUCH APOSSITIVE IMPACT IN OUR LIVES U WILL NEVER KNOW. LOVE U FOREVER! JANE
05 Jun 2008



Name:Pat Travers
Subject:The other side
Comments:I have this great feeling that although Chris and I never discussed his thoughts on eternity, that anyone who loved life, people, and the creations of this Earth as much as Chris, had to believe. I need to feel this way because of my beliefs which tell me that this is not goodbye. I will see you later Chris, till then take care and save a place for all of us.
05 Jun 2008



Name:Frank Phillips
Subject:Chris in my words
Comments:Nothing I can say can define or sum up Chris. I met Chris through a job we shared. He immediately struck me as a very straight forward and honest person. There was nothing phony in Chris. I remember several times when we hung out. The thing I remember is that I always found myself doing something I probably would not have done if it were not for Chris. Our trip up Tumbledown, wandering around looking for the Chimney and chasing moose are a few of my best times with Chris. Though we disagreed on alot of issues, I was always inspired by the fact that he was one of the few people who I could debate who was always open and respectful of differing opinions. It was always a pleasure just to sit back and discuss global topics and worldviews. It is no exageration to say that the world would be a better place if there were more people like Chris. You will be greatly missed. Shine on my friend.
05 Jun 2008



Name:Marni Lyn Cyr
Subject:Bethany's little brother
Comments:Thats how I will always think of him. And how he always wanted to be part of our fun. Bless Bethany for always including him. I remember the retro birthday party in the basement at her house in Turner...and I remember him showing me two five dollar bills and proudly bragged that his brother had traded him one bill for the two! I asked him what the bill was that he had traded and he said it just had a two and zero on it.. a twenty I said? You traded a twenty dollar bill for two fives? "Yeah," he said, "Didn't I luck out." ...although I haven't seen him in years it sounds like he still didn't focus on money and put more value on experience and living. He really was the lucky one...let us all focus less on money and more on living in our own "uncomfortable" zone...living in every moment. -Marni Lyn (Sienko) Cyr
June 5, 2008



Name: Yuliya
Subject: Chris
Comments: Hey you, I keep remembering the night you rolled into my apartment late at night after a long trip and endless conversations. From that day on, things have never been the same. You are probably off on your next adventure - whatever it might be, you'll make the best of it. I have some things I want to tell you, and I'm sure many others do to, so this weekend in Maine, please be there. Love, Yuliya
June 5, 2008 16:04:59 -0400



Name: George Greenwood & Sandra Tassinari
Subject: Just a note from friends
Comments: Hi Jerry and Linda & family, Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.
June 4, 2008



Name: The Seinkos
Subject: Our hearts are heavy
Comments: We are sadden to hear of Chris's death. From his films we've learned what a remarkable young man he became. Although we have not seen each other in some time, our friendship was close and strong. Our hearts go out to you. He was such a precious and happy child. We are glad to see he lived a very full life for one who lost it so young. Your grief must be overwhelming. You are in our thoughts and prayers. love, Jim, Claudia, Allyson, Marni, Celina and their families.
June 4, 2008



Name: The Seinkos
Subject: Our hearts are heavy
Comments: We cannot believe Chris has been taken from you all at such an early age. Although we have not seen each other in a long while, our friendships was close and strong. From Chris's films we have learned what a remarkable young man he grew to be. He was always such a precious amd happy child. We are glad he lived a full life for his young years. The loss you feel must be overwhelming. You are in our hearts and prayers, Jim, Claudia and the girls.
June 4, 2008



Name: Nancy R.
Subject: In our Prayers
Comments: For Jerry and his family to know that you are in our prayers and have our sincere condolances!
June 4, 2008



Name: Emily T.
Subject: Are you lounging in a hammock?
Comments: Chris, So the last time I saw you was in March, when I visited Amy in Denver. We came over to your apartment, and you had one thing in your living room - a hammock hanging by the fireplace. I remember you and Ame had that hanging on your porch in your Durham apt. It was laid-back, outdoorsy, kooky... just like how I'll remember you. Thanks for all the memories... and for making my best friend happy... I'll miss you. Emily
June 3, 2008



Name: Chris York
Subject: Praying for you
Comments: I didnt know Chris a well as the others as he was so much younger! What I do remember was he was always smiling! My heart and prayers go out to the whole Douglass family!
October 30, 2009 00:10:55 (GMT Time)



Name: David K
Subject: Goodbye Chris
Comments: I am in hopes that this will be online for a while. The web site. I am a cousin of Chris. I didn't know hhim that well but... The whole idea of his life was incredible, to say the least.
October 30, 2009 00:08:20 (GMT Time)



Name: Tim Dunham
Subject: Goodbye Chris
Comments: My deepest condolences to Jerry, Linda, JJ, Dennis, Beth and family! My prayers will be with you during this very difficult time.
June 1, 2008 01:59:36 -0400



Name: Abby
Subject: My friend, Chris
Comments: Dear Chris, What a life you led. I know you left an imprint on everyones life you came in contact with...sort of like your logo. You listened to me cry and laugh. You gave me advice...we dreamed of imaginery trips we would take together. I am no longer in mourning, but in celebration of your life and how you lived it to the fullest. You are a role model and I hope to live life as you have. I WILL break 4 hours in Baltimore and I am doing it for you! You will always be in my heart! Abby
June 3, 2008 12:20:33 -0400



Name: Yuliya
Subject:: Re: My Brother
Comments: Dennis, something you said really sparked a memory that I thought you would appreciate. Even though you never got a chance to tell him that you understood and envied his lifestyle, he knew it. He talked a lot about his family and he said that he felt bad at times and understood your frustrations because he felt part of you wished you could join him and live like him. So while some things were left unsaid, he knew it inside, shared it, and appreciated it. I hope what i said makes sense - I didn't get the writer's gene.
June 5, 2008   15:55:34 -0400



Name: Dennis
Subject: My Brother
Comments: I miss you too much already Bro! I hope everyone who visits this site enjoys the work Chris did on his videos. The video of his trip from Maine to Phoenix is a picture of his life all rolled up in one. Although my job always seemed to be the nagger about responsabilities i was never able to tell him how much i envied him as well. To be as free spirited as Chris, was a tremendous gift most of us don't have. I'll be thinking of you everytime i walk, ride, hike or ski. I'll love you always. Dennis
June 1, 2008   01:59:36 -0400


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