A Message from Chris' Family
Chris' Parents wrote
this letter to all who attended Chris' memorial service since they
were unable to make it to Pittsburgh.
To all of Chris' friends and coworkers,
As much as we wanted
to attend this memorial service for our son Chris, we are still
hurting too much and are having a difficult time accepting our loss.
We hope that you will understand why we are not able to be there
with you. We feel so blessed that you all thought so highly of
our son to want to honor him in such a special way.
first left home to go to Pittsburgh, we couldn't wait for him to
return to us, but in the past few months, we finally realized that
Chris was where he truly wanted to be. Although we were sometimes
skeptical that his life in Pittsburgh was as wonderful as he told
us it was, we were so proud of his courage to strike out on his
own, his independence in staying there, and the accomplishments that
Chris developed some
remarkable relationships with many people in Pittsburgh. He was
accepted and welcomed into your lives. He found a loving relationship
with Andrea, and he made many friends, some of whom we were unaware
of until this tragedy happened. Chris enjoyed working with the
people at UPMC, but when he moved on to Marconi, he was very
happy. He had landed a great job in an excellent company and he so
looked forward to a long successful career with people who appreciated
and respected his knowledge and his abilities.
Chris was a wonderful
young man with incredible potential whose life ended much too soon.
We miss him desperately.
We would like to thank
everyone who made our Chris so welcome in Pittsburgh, especially his
roommates, his friends, and his colleagues who we met when they came
all the way to Saugus to attend Chris' funeral services. We were so
in awe of the love and respect that you showed for Chris and for us
that we understood why Chris felt so comfortable in Pittsburgh.
Everyone here today who
touched his life helped Chris to become the man who we loved so much,
and we will always be grateful.
Althought we can't be
there in person, our hearts are there with you today. Thank you al so
Very truly yours,
Ron, Janis & Gregory Long