OBITUARY

Christopher St.Clair Salsman

1 January , 19818 April , 2019

It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce the death of Christopher St. Clair Salsman, on April 8, 2019 at Marshy Hope, N.S. Chris was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend in Nova Scotia, and an activist for causes at home and around the world. Born in Halifax, Chris attended St. Patrick’s High School, Saint Mary’s University and the Nova Scotia Community College before embarking on a career and activities that reflected his deep commitment to social justice.

Chris’s defining characteristic was his passion for helping others, whether family and friends or the world at large. He was an early participant in Anonymous, organizing and writing for local and global events. His experiences with advocating for the voiceless motivated him to become involved politically, and more than once he served as a vital translator between activists and establishments. The lessons he learned through Anonymous later became invaluable to his career as a consultant in communications, social media and cyber security. He brought a level head and strategic thinking to disorganized activists, and a rebel's heart to the Liberal Party.

Chris’s activism and commitment to social causes helped many people, but helping the most vulnerable sometimes placed him at risk. As a consequence of one of his last activism projects, he developed a substance use disorder that he struggled mightily to overcome. He was committed to his recovery and had made great strides prior to his tragic death.

Chris was an excellent writer, consummate story-teller, and a gifted public speaker, who could enthrall an audience whether speaking with a circle of friends or addressing a crowd. He was a true friend to many, and his wide-ranging interests and exceptional intellect would captivate those who were fortunate enough to be around him.

Chris took great joy from the time he spent with his immediate and extended family. He travelled in Canada and abroad, but always came back to Nova Scotia, where he was happiest in the country, at the Salsman family cottage at Evangeline beach and especially at the Dickson family cottage at Cape Dauphin. A loving grandson, he devoted many happy hours to supporting and caring for his grandparents, especially in their declining years. His last months were spent continuing to help those in need and supporting his parents during his father’s illness and recent death. He relished his new role as uncle to little Théo.

Christopher is survived by his mother Bonnie (Dickson) Salsman, sister Katherine Salsman, brother-in-law Martin Noël, nephew Theodore (Théo) Noël, grandmother Katherine (MacDermid) Dickson, and loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Rick Salsman, grandparents Dean and Evelyn (Jones) Salsman and James (Buddy) Dickson. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at Cruikshank’s funeral Home, Windsor St. Tuesday April 16 4-7 p.m., funeral at St. Matthew’s United Church, Barrington St. Wednesday April 17 at 3 p.m. Reception to follow. Interment will be at Camp Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Phoenix House. donations may be made to Phoenix House.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, 16 April , 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, 17 April , 2019
REMEMBERING

Christopher St.Clair Salsman

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Debby Dominey

23 April 2019

I knew chris for 2 days. I met him through my daughter, who was going through a hard time. Chris helped her through that hard time, he was a godsend to her. It was this time that I met him. It was my birthday, dec 4, 2018. Chris barely knew me. This was the second day. He gave me a 50 gift card and a card. He was so sweet.he left a lasting memory, and I will never forget him. I have a picture of him reading a book to my granddaughter. Rest In peace Chris. Debby

Susan Barnes

22 April 2019

Hi Bonnie,

We were so saddened to hear of Christopher’s sudden death. What can I say other than our hearts go out to you & your family. We are out of the country but thinking of you at this difficult time.

Heartfelt sympathy,

Susan & David Barnes

Donna Mckinnon

18 April 2019

Bonnie my deepest condolences going out to you and your family during this difficult time my thoughts and prayers are with you also was very sorry to hear that rick had passed may your memories be a comfort during this difficult time
Mckinnon and Fraser families

Kelly Mckoy

16 April 2019

Sending my deepest condolences after such tragic news. I met Chris in high school and parties and reunions and remember his nice interesting personality, good looks and his nice smile. I hadn’t seen him in years but had reconnected a bit online and reached out a few times. Some of his work as a Writer and Activist will surely be remembered. This news has been been a saddening tearful shock and unfortunate that his time was cut short. It would have been nice to reconnect more and he will be missed. May his good impacts and good memories live on. Condolences also being sent for the loss of your husband and father. May they both be resting peacefully. Sincerely, Kelly Mckoy

The Redgrave family Redgrave

16 April 2019

A bright and beautiful spirit has left us bereaved yet better because of his time with us.
With love to the Salsman and Dixon families as well as Christopher's friends and colleagues.
Joanne, Roy, Jesse, Matt and Ryan Redgrave

Janet Foley

16 April 2019

Dear Bonnie,
I was so very sorry to hear about Christopher, he sounded like an amazing young man who was greatly loved. I was also sorry to hear about Ricks passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Janet

Stephen Ruddick

16 April 2019

Dear Bonnie, Katherine and family,
My thoughts are with you to find the strength and resilience you need at this time.
I will always cherish the vivid memories I have of being in Chris' company. His witty candour and selfless ways made an indelible impact on me, our friends, and others I'm sure, and I hope it brings you some comfort to know his strength of character and passion lives on in all of us.
I wish I could be there with you to celebrate his life and help in some way. May you all be able to find peace.
Sincerely,
Steve

Jill Morrison (Champagne)

15 April 2019

Sending my deepest, most heartfelt condolences to you, Bonnie and Katherine, during this unimaginably tough time.
Although I haven't seen Chris for several years, he made such a lasting impression and he will be greatly missed. I will always remember his kind heart, engaging personality and great sense of humour, always with a twinkle in his eye.
May you find some moments of peace during this extremely difficult time and comfort knowing he made a difference in this world. Sending you all my love❤️

Julie Marr

15 April 2019

Bonnie,
I am so sorry for your loss.

Audrey Stapleton

15 April 2019













Bonnie and family, we are saddened to read about Christopher's death. Our thoughts and prayers are for you as you grieve his passing. Ray and Audrey Stapleton

FROM THE FAMILY