Christopher J. Engstrom
April 2, 1971 – May 7, 2017
Christopher Engstrom 46, of Eastham, MA passed away peacefully on May 7th, 2017 after a five-year struggle with ALS. Chris, an amazing painter, teacher, friend, brother, uncle and beloved son was born April 2nd 1971 to Patricia and John Engstrom. Chris had a special connection with nature and animals. His favorite outings were long hours spent among the trees and mountains and ocean. He could see gifts and beauty in the shadows of the branches where most could not. His outdoor adventures filled his pockets with a treasure trove of sea glass, feathers and artifacts. His love for nature and animals meant there was always a stray cat to be fed or a hurt raccoon to be rescued. This love was seen in everything he touched, but especially in his artwork. Photography, painting and drawing were just a few of the mediums he embraced. His range of talents knew no bounds: Writing and illustrating a children’s book, and creating poetry were just a small portion of his gifts. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from Cooper Union and Masters Degree in Painting from Yale University. His love for New Haven and the community that embraced him was heartfelt. He spoke of those years in New Haven with joy and laughter and music and adventures. The last several years were spent in Eastham, MA with his parents, sister, loving friends and caregivers. The disease did not curtail his zest for life. His energy for exploring would still outlast most of us. Chris is survived by his parents, John and Patricia Engstrom of Eastham, MA, his sister Jennifer Engstrom of Somerville, MA, brother Michael Engstrom, sister in-law Kirsten Engstrom, niece Carly, nephew Tate Engstrom of Bedford, NH and Aunt Maureen Kennan, Uncle Dwight Kennan of Ohio, Aunt Judy, Uncle Bill Murray of Washington and many close cousins located around the country. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorial contributions be made in Chris’s name to Compassionate Care ALS http://www.ccals.org, ALS ONE http://www.alsone.org and/or Two Coyotes School of Wilderness http://www.twocoyotes.org/Donate.html. A celebration of his life will be held this summer, an announcement will be made with time and location at a later date.
Christopher J. Engstrom
July 15, 2018
While looking online for the work of artists whose paths I’ve crossed, I found this memorial page. It really caught me by surprise and though I didn’t know Chris that well I did know him at a significant moment and he made an impression.
When I knew him he was much younger, a kid – as was I. The Chris I knew seemed like the kind of person who seldom got in his own way. I remember him as genuine and well-adjusted, an artist who was free to admire and appreciate others even as he did good work himself. Last I heard Chris had gone to Cooper Union. Reading the obit I see he went on to do very well. It was my privilege to have known him.
May 31, 2018
I just 'met' your beloved Christopher through Lisa Genova's book, "Every Note Played", and I sure do wish I had known him! Love to you all from a stranger
July 26, 2017
John, Pat, Family...My Thoughts And My Prayers Are With You On The Passing Of Chris...God Bless!
July 21, 2017
Several years after Chris left Hamden Hall, where I teach, he worked on adding illustrations to a book of poems entitled "The Hermit's Place" which was published by a small New Haven press that I'm associated with. Chris did outstanding work using a long handsaw to pattern and wave charcoal into eleven 4" x 11" works. The author, a Montana native, was very pleased with Chris's work. Chris's love of nature comes through in the notice on this site; I hope that he is enjoying more dimensions of natural beauty after passing over.
PS I plan to get a home address from the funeral home and send some copies of this book to Chris's family-
June 30, 2017
I "met" chris near the beach where his dad and mom would walk with him and he chair
By then he was incapacitated
But I recognized the ravages of als
I had been mistakenly diagnosed with als but it turned out to be ms
When pat left chris to enjoy the beach I asked if he wanted company and to talk
Although he could not talk he indicated he did
I met with him several times like that I told him some stories and that I was sorry he was suffering
It does not surprise me to read about his life
His love of animals
In his eyes there was a sparkle and glint of kindness and generosity that was singular and drew you to him
I was saddened to hear of his death
Als is a terrible disease
So sad to loose such a bright light and beautiful human
Louise kane, and rue
May 28, 2017
Rick and I are so sorry that this world lost such a kind and talented man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
May 26, 2017
This is hard. It's hard now just as I'm sure it was for the entire Engstrom family to watch their son and brother struggle and fight this disease. I have no doubt that this will be hard for a long time. I still have moments where I find it hard to believe that his physical form has passed, and that we won't see those bright, shining eyes again. What I can say with certainty, is that every word Chris said, every piece of art he made, every person he helped, all of those things will continue on with us. We have the power to take the kindness, love and energy he gave us, and pay it forward to the world ahead of us.
May 23, 2017
There are no words to express the loss of a son. I can only hold your hand and say, "I know." You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace, my friend.
May 18, 2017
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful man.
The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home
May 9, 2017
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.