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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:09 am 
I've registered simply to say that this news crushes me. Chris has been a friendly face and an encouragement for me since 2003. I never got to know the man himself for all he was, but I know that I counted him among the good ones. Chris was always there with a smile and helping hand or a laugh. I've not had my Marine stuff out at Dcon for about 3 years now and he's always asked me where it was. I was looking forward to seeing him this year in my armor again. We've lost a great man and a great friend.

Here's to Chris. You're already missed, buddy.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:32 am 
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I got a hold of Alex aka USCMCORPS via email...

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Jesus... wow... I don't even know what to say. That's extremely sad. I'm really sorry for everyone's loss.

I appreciate you guys letting me know. Please send my sincere condolences everyone.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:15 am 
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I haven't been around for months now, but this news drew me back to express my sadness.

Chris was a great fellow, always a good friend and always willing to bend over backwards to help. I knew him since 2001, I really can't believe he's gone.

I'm at a loss for words at this point, I just feel like I've missed so many opportunities being away from the board this long.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:37 am 
The UK Garrison would like to send its sincere condolences to the family of Chris FNG and also to the members of The Aliens Legacy for their sad loss


To a fellow Colonial Marine, Costumer & friend

Farewell and thankyou for sharing what time you had with us


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:43 am 
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never even knew the guy... :cry: now i wont get to... :cry: :cry: :cry:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:51 am 
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you know, its crazy... from what i hear, Chris was the kind of guy anybody wouldve liked to meet...and i never met him, yet im still crying...i dont even know if i ever even talked to him on here. i just wonder what unfortunate events may cause me to meet even less of you by the time i actually make it to a con, a few years from now...

i guess i should say it now...Kev Burton, i just want you to know that, while yes, we are a "brotherhood", i feel especially brotherly to you, esp. considering it was your MSN site-thing that wound up pointing me here and causing me to realize my fanaticism for Aliens...

i have to go mourn now...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:57 am 
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I will miss him something awful. He and I had many talks over the years. he helped with so many thing.
My deepest prayers go to you Chris and all the people who are still here thinking of you.
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I didn't have much to say earlier... and I may not now... I'm just letting my fingers pour out my thoughts.

Chris was one of the first people to welcome me back when I re-opened my site after almost a year of being closed. And we spoke again right before Christmas about his APC. I was surprised to hear from him initially, because I hadn't been active here in quite a while. Truth be told, I was surprised he even remembered me since we didn't have many conversations when I was here last.

And when we began talking right before Christmas I saw it as a door opening... a friendship emerging... one that had been years over due in forming. And when I heard that he had had a heart attack my first thoughts were of disbelief, shock, and horror. I couldn't believe it... we had only been writing to each other a few days earlier.

I don't have the connection with Chris that others do, and I envy that. I got a taste of his friendship years after witnessing his spirit with others... But I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity to start down the path of friendship with him.

There is no denying his character, friendship, loyalty, and compassion. He was a brother to others, and a man among men. I raise my glass to you, Chris.

You're in the pipe, five by five.

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Chris was too good a friend for me to make some wisecrack although he would expect it from me. Those of you who do not know his military experience should make it a point to look it up.

I will not refrain from posting my favorite pic, since he is now with the angels...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:23 am 
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LOL!!! I can SO hear the conversation with Chris after that pic. And I wasn't even there that year ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:31 am 
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And I wasn't even there that year ;)

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Yeah you were there Jesse... That pic is from D-Con '05! :wink: :)

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Really sad to hear the passing of Chris. We emailed back and forth and couple of times, he was always a very friendly guy. This is a very sad day for us all. :cry:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:53 am 
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. . . Each evening I take a walk
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I make believe that we still talk
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People always stop and stare
I guess they just don't see you there
Don't they know you'll always be right here
As usual . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ song "As Usual" - Brenda Lee


Our meeting - brief, memories - many . . . & treasured.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:56 am 
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Was that '05??? Where TF was I? ;)


My '05 pics, with some good shots of Chris :)
http://visionforgestudios.com/jesse/conventions/dragoncon2005/


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:45 am 
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Chris's passing is indeed a great loss to everyone, including me, even though I never knew or met the man. He sounds like the kind of man I would have loved to sit with, just shooting the breeze.

Chris, Rest in Peace Sir...and may the Angels guide you home. My prayers go out to his wife and family.

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Gods speed Chris :(

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Sorry Chris... But Angie is seriously distracting in this photo... :lol:

I must have been hanging with you Jesse cause I don't remember this either... :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:32 am 
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When I first met Chris back at DragonCon in 2005, it was Saturday afternoon at the USCM raffle. Actually, that's where I met most of you for the first time. However, if anyone seemed to be in charge of things at the base, it was definitely Chris.

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* DragonCon 2005 - Jesse, Derek, Chris

This next shot is one of my favorites, and was taken the very next day right after Sunday morning breakfast.

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* DragonCon 2005 - Rick, Chris, Tony, Steve

When we said our goodbyes, I remember Chris saying that he was really glad I decided to come down to Atlanta at the last minute, and that I seemed like one of the ol' boys. He really made me feel welcome, and right then and there I felt in my heart that I would have to be blessed to have a friend like him.

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I've started a reply a dozen times today and I just can't find the words.

I'm gonna miss you, Chris. :( I'm just sorry we didn't get to spend more time together than what we did.

See you on the big Ready Line in the sky...

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That's sooo sad!!! :cry: I didn't know him very well, only from emails.
But it was a pleasure for me anyway!!
My thoughts are with you and your family.

R.I.P. Marine :cry:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:14 am 
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A massive loss to the community, hell a massive loss to the world, wish I'd had the chance to meet him face to face and thank him for the assistance with my costume last year.

You'll be sorely missed Chris, rest easy.


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Gutted :(


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My first DragonCon in armor was 2006, and Chris was everpresent, with immediate camaraderie, offering armor tips and brotherhood. When he mentioned to another Marine something like "he's one of us now, right?" and gave me one of those vials of LV-426 "dirt", he had no idea how much that made me feel welcome.

In 2007, on Thursday night when I was in "lazy costuming mode", wearing just the BDUs and leg armor, he came right up, friendly as can be. He hadn't rejoined the board yet at that time and he was such a sight for sore eyes.

I never had call to establish an email correspondence with him, but it was my loss.

Semper Fi, Chris...

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Very saddened to hear this news.

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