OBITUARY

Christopher K. Pendergast

April 28, 1949October 14, 2020
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The ALS Ride For Life family mourns the loss of our founder and president, Christopher K. Pendergast. Surrounded by family, Chris passed away peacefully at his home on October 14th, 2020.

Chris founded ALS Ride for Life in 1997. Chris battled ALS for 28 years. Although a quadriplegic on a ventilator and using an eye-gaze computer to communicate, in his final days, Chris still continued to remain active with the Ridge. Through his tireless leadership and activism, more than $10 million has been raised for research, patient services, and education about this dreadful disease. The Ride family joins Chris's family in grieving the loss of this special caring, loving, man of faith, and together we celebrate his numerous accomplishments on behalf of ALS patients around the world.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Private Prayer Service (Family only) Friends may join the service via Facebook Live Stream

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Cremation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

Memories

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Jamie LaBelle

October 19, 2020

I was a teacher at Miller Place when I first met Chris, along with his son who was a student at the high school. I was moved by his attitude and zest to keep moving despite his condition. I had a favorite photograph of Lou Gehrig that I swore I would never part with...I gave it to Chris because I thought it might help him (even though he did not need any more inspiration) He wrote me a thank you letter which I still have.
Prayers in his memory as well as with his family.

Jamie LaBelle

Kurt Bahnke

October 19, 2020

It's been my honor and privilege to help Chris, Christine and the entire Ride 4 Life family navigate their way through the Suffolk County portion of the Ride for many, many years. More importantly over the course of that time I learned a great deal about humility, rising above your circumstances and turning adversity into opportunity. Most importantly, I made two very special and dear friends, and those lessons and friendships are a gift. Thank you Chris, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

-Kurt

Frank L Esposito

October 19, 2020

I first met Chris at the mid winter nights dream events hosted by Northport high school to raise money for ALS.
A Fantastic event hosted by Northport high school seniors,,,, there were others including Chris suffering from ALS ,,, That went or were teachers at the high school including a good friend of mine Tom Newton ,,,
I remember the first time I said hello to Chris ....
I knew He was a friend,, I got the feeling he was everybody’s friend & still is ,,,,
He has that energy I suppose you might call it
love & selflessness of caring about others ,,,
Truly sharing one’s life with others for the benefit of others,,,
This is greatness,,, though I don’t think Chris would think of it that way ,,
I feel that Chris was doing what was in his heart,, that’s the person he is ,,,,

my condolences go out to his family & friends,
I know he’s at peace & in the hearts & minds of multitudes ,,,,
I know that he will be greatly missed by many & that all he gave of himself and to others will be always remembered ,,,
I pray hopefully to set an example going forward,,,
Ciao Chris ,,,
Peace☮️ Friend
It’s an honor to know you,,,,

FLE,,,

Donna Gardner

October 19, 2020

Chris fought a long, hard battle with strength and dignity.
Will always remember one of his earliest rides past Norwood Elementary School with Christine by his side; the students and teachers lining the playground to cheer him on.
His loving and supportive family are in our prayers.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Donna and Rick Gardner

Elliot Perry

October 18, 2020

I knew Chris when he taught, we were involved in Outdoor Education. I have always been in contact with Christine as I also taught with her. For the past several years I was honored to be asked to photograph the the ALS Kickoff events. All of my photos and prints were given to the family as my gift to them with no strings attached.

Scott Stimell

October 18, 2020

I have a lot of memories of Chris
But the one I will share is the first time Chris reached out to me he wrote me a letter. I did not know Chris at the time it was 2004 and I was at the darkest time of my life . my 7 month old daughter Hannah had just been diagnosed with a terminal genetic disease and Chris was there to give me hope ... Although she passed at 14 months. I lived with hope every day ... I never forgot that Letter and Chris kindness. and over the years we forged a friendship and a bond. We shared a love of sports and Chris always asked how I was he always cared so much about others. We spoke deep sometimes .. he was an amazing man who pioneered for those who came before him and for those that come after. He will never be forgotten I will miss him. But because I knew him I have been changed for good.
Rest easy my friend. You did more in your life than most could ever dream or dare to do ..... ❤️

Linda Ward

October 18, 2020

What a remarkable man Chris was! The world has lost a truly exceptional man whose legacy will live on through his wife , children and grandson and the Ride For Life organization. My heart goes out to you all. Rest in Peace my friend

Linda Ward

"Annie" Williams-Jackson

October 18, 2020

Some of my fondest memories of childhood were my summers at the Port Jeff Yacht Club. I worked at the club for several summers and worked with Cousin Chris as my "boss". My "boss" was the coolest boss that I could ever imagine working for!!! Now an adult, there's not a memory of PJYC without Cousin Chris in it! Chris, you will be missed, but your memory and your legacy will live on! God Bless you and bless your family. Love you so much! Annie

Jerilyn Daria Bifulco

October 18, 2020

Christopher was my “PROFILE IN COURAGE,” was proud to teach with him at Pulaski Road School. He knew I was a huge JFK fan and was able to recite the entire Inauguration address which we would often do together. He was a true visionary knowing “GOD’s WORK MUST TRULY BE OUR OWN.” He had ALS and fought a valiant battle for 27 years. Nobody had that marvelous smile & we know his work will be carried on by all who loved him. No more pain for Christopher. Hoping his beautiful family gain some comfort from knowing how much he was loved & respected. R.I.P. CHRIS until we meet again. No more wheelchair or ventilator you are FREE IN GOD’S CARE. Fly high on angel’s wings.

Linda & Joey Mammina

October 18, 2020

Memories of all thise bus rides to Mercy Hich School in Riverhead. So long ago. You were a dear friend to so many of our family members, but especially to Wayne. I'm sure your're both sharing your memories right now.
You were an ordinary person who did extrodinary things. I remember you telling me early on, when you were first diagnosed that you would make Washington and our representatives know about this disease. You did it with grace and valor. So proud to have known you. Condolences to your loving family.

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