OBITUARY

Christopher John Allaire

December 27, 1955April 5, 2018
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Christopher John Allaire

After a brave 18 month battle with brain cancer, Chris died peacefully in his North Richland Hills home surrounded by his family on April 5, 2018. He was 62.

Chris was born on December 27, 1955 in Buffalo, NY to Richard and Dorothy Allaire. He was the sixth in what would become a family of thirteen children. His childhood was spent in western New York where he married his high school sweetheart, Betsy in 1975. He joined the Navy and was stationed in Scotland and later Spain. After he left the Navy, the young family moved to Plano, Texas and remained in the metroplex for the next 38 years.

Chris found his love of learning as an adult and at age 30 he earned his Associates Degree followed by his Bachelor's, and finally his Master’s at the age of 58. He worked at GE for a total of 28 years, owned a Tupperware franchise with his wife, and taught classes at various local technical and community colleges. His final employer, Shermco, recognized Chris’ gift for connecting with adult students. The company was supportive of Chris professionally and gave him many opportunities to share his talent for teaching. And throughout his illness, they were a source of compassion and generosity that gave him tremendous peace. He was an active member of The Hills Church, a community of faith that rallied around him and his family throughout his illness. His favorite bible verse was how he ended his correspondences: Love Never Fails.

Chris enjoyed reading, sailing, kayaking, serving others and spending time with his large family. He was silly and smart and enjoyed the same qualities in his grandchildren. He lived his life in service of others. His legacy includes leadership as a volunteer chaplain for the Tarrant County Jail, a mentor for a homeless ministry, mission trips, visiting elderly neighbors at their nursing homes. Aside from his family, his greatest joy was teaching GED classes and helping his students change the course of their lives through building their confidence and their knowledge. His contributions were deep and his absence will be felt by many.

SURVIVORS: He is survived by his wife of nearly 43 years Betsy; children Jenny and Jeremy Remington of Austin, Stephanie and James Flores of Carrollton, and Chris and Karon Allaire of North Richland Hills; grandchildren Avery, Annabelle, Reid, Carly, Faith, Tate and Hudson; siblings Richard, Barry, Dianne, Jeff, Mary Pat, Steven, Matt, Leslie, Andy, Maggie and Alex; and many nieces, nephews, and sisters- and brothers-in-law. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dorothy Allaire and his brother, Maury.

FUNERAL: 2pm Tuesday, April 10 at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills. Visitation: The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 pm at Shannon Funeral Chapel in Watauga. A small family ceremony will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, where he will be laid to rest.

  • FAMILY

  • Suzanne E. Allaire, Spouse
  • Jenny (Jeremy) Remington, Daughter
  • Stephanie (James) Flores, Daughter
  • Chris (Karon) Allaire, Son
  • Grandchildren: Avery, Annabelle, Reid, Carly, Faith, Tate and Hudson

    Siblings: Richard, Barry, Dianne, Jeff, Mary Pat, Steven, Matt, Leslie, Andy, Maggie and Alex

    And many nieces, nephews, and sisters- and brothers-in-law. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dorothy Allaire and his brother, Maury
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chris Allaire, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeremy Remington, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Flores, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Reid Remington, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tate Remington, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Hudson Flores, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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Paul Culverwell

April 10, 2018

Betsy and Family,

My Condolences. I worked with Chris at GE for many years . Alot of good memories of Chris , he was a one of a kind person!

Ellen Allaire

April 7, 2018

Dearest Betsy, Jenny, Stephanie, "Little Chris" and their fantabulous families,
No words will ever come close to expressing my deepest condolences to you. My prayers are now for all of you to find comfort and peace. My Aunt Susan recently posted from "Positive Thoughts" "Grief, I've learned is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go."
May the time spent with family and friends in the days, weeks and months to come - help to heal that grief. I wish I could come to Texas and hug you all. Your strength and love that you have shared over the past year or so have made me know what a true loving family is all about! May God bless you all.
Love, Ellen

Mary Sockwell

April 6, 2018

Betsy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Chris at GE. I have a lot of memories and pictures of you and Chris at the GE picnics and Christmas parties. Chris was one of a kind. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Mary

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Biography

Christopher John Allaire

December 27, 1955 to April 5, 2018


After a brave 18 month long battle with brain cancer, Chris died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family in North Richland Hills. He was 62.


He is survived by his wife of nearly 43 years Betsy; children Jenny and Jeremy Remington of Austin, Stephanie and James Flores of Carrollton, and Chris and Karon Allaire of North Richland Hills; grandchildren Avery, Annabelle, Reid, Carly, Faith, Tate and Hudson; siblings Richard, Barry, Dianne, Jeff, Mary Pat, Steven, Matt, Leslie, Andy, Maggie and Alex; and many nieces, nephews, and sisters- and brothers-in-law. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dorothy Allaire and his brother, Maury.


Chris was born on December 27, 1955 in Buffalo, NY to Richard and Dorothy Allaire. He was the sixth child in what would become a family of thirteen children. His early childhood was filled with a big family, adventures in the woods and time at the beach on Lake Erie.


He attended Silver Creek High School, where he met his future wife Betsy, a majorette and the daughter of a prominent grape farmer. They married on a sunny spring day in May of 1975. He joined the Navy where he specialized in electrical engineering and was stationed in Scotland and later Rota, Spain. He left the Navy with two little girls and the family of four moved to Plano, Texas to be close to Betsy’s family and avoid the New York winters. Not long after arriving in Texas, they welcomed their final child, a boy, and named him after Chris. At age 25 they had three kids, owned their first home and Chris began working on building a life for his family as a civilian.


He found his love of learning as an adult and Chris embraced the opportunity to learn and improve his family’s situation through his own education. He worked nights and long shifts at General Electric and took classes during the day, and at age 30 he earned his Associates Degree with his proud young family cheering him on. He left from GE for a period of time to join Betsy in their Tupperware franchise and worked alongside her for five years. He returned to GE and worked there for a combined total of 28 years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2007 with his entire family, including his oldest two baby granddaughters, in the audience. He began teaching at local trade schools and colleges and writing for trade journals while still working full time in the industry. At the age of 58 he earned his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. His final employer, Shermco, recognized Chris’ gift for connecting with adult students . The company was supportive of Chris professionally and gave him many opportunities to share his talent for teaching. And throughout his illness, they were a source of compassion and generosity that gave him tremendous peace.


In his time away from work and his studies, he enjoyed reading, sailing, kayaking, serving others and spending time with his large family. He was silly and smart and loved to see the same qualities in his grandchildren. He enjoyed the feeling of a job well done, and was known for his strong work ethic, love of his family and his commitment to God.


Chris lived his life in service of others. He gave of his time as a husband, son, father, grandfather, mentor, foreman, chaplain and teacher. He embraced opportunities to teach and to share the word of God. His legacy includes leadership as a volunteer chaplain for the Tarrant County Jail, a mentor for a homeless ministry, mission trips, visiting elderly neighbors at their nursing homes and making friends with other residents. Aside from his family, his greatest joy was teaching GED students and helping his students change the course of their lives through building their confidence and their knowledge. His contributions were deep and his absence will be felt by many.


He was an active member of The Hills Church, a community of faith that rallied around him and his family throughout his illness. His favorite bible verse was how he ended his correspondences: Love Never Fails.


The visitation will be on Monday, April 9 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shannon Funeral Chapel in Watauga. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 2pm at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills, with a reception to follow. A small family ceremony will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, where he will be laid to rest.