OBITUARY

Christopher A.P. Chase

August 15, 1981December 5, 2018
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Christopher A.P. Chase

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Christopher A.P. "Chris" Chase of Potomac, Maryland. Beloved husband of Alison L. (nee Pollarine) Chase; loving father of Anna Chase; son of Peter and Ioanna Chase; brother of Stephanie (James) Beaulieu; son-in-law of Wayne and Marilyn Pollarine; brother-in-law of Ian (Jill) Pollarine; also survived by his God-parents Paul and Toula Fotopoulos as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., at which time Trisagion will be offered, followed by tributes and reflections by friends and family until 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The family kindly suggests that memorial contributions may be made to The Anna Chase Scholarship Fund or Best Buddies International. Please view and sign the family guestbook at www.hinesrinaldifuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Alison L. (Pollarine) Chase, Wife
  • Anna Chase, Daughter
  • Peter Chase, Father
  • Ioanna (Wallace) Chase, Mother
  • Stephanie Beaulieu, Sister
  • James Beaulieu, Brother-in-law
  • Wayne Pollarine, Father-in-law
  • Marilyn Pollarine, Mother-in-law
  • Ian Pollarine, Brother-in-law
  • Jill Pollarine, Sister-in-law
  • Christopher is also survived by his God-parents Paul and Toula Fotopoulos as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Trisagon Prayers Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Tributes and Reflections Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Christopher A.P. Chase

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Stephan Chase

December 9, 2018

This has been my favorite picture of Christopher since the first time I saw it.

Stephan Chase

December 9, 2018

Family and friends will soon have an opportunity to get together to honor Christopher, provide comfort for one another, and share fond memories. Naturally, people who don't know him won't be part of that, but a few days ago I got a glimpse of what they might say.

I was corresponding with a friend from high school. Naturally, we spoke about Christopher. When I outlined Christopher's career, my friend wrote back. . .

"I did not realize he was THAT Chris Chase. . .Steph, in his short time, he led a life of significance. . .He was a prolific writer and did not shy away from controversy. He had courage in his convictions, an admirable trait in a journalist."

We love Christopher, and our views of him are, of course, influenced by that. But he was, in reality, all the things we believed him to be.

Stephan Chase

December 9, 2018

Christopher was an easy person to buy presents for. Beyond his family he had a wide variety of interests and they weren't a secret: music/Bob Dylan, sports/The Redskins, film/Stanley Kubrick. One could go on.

Bob Dylan and his career as a sportswriter were two of Christopher's most prominent interests. So, it, rightly forms a large part of the conversation. But those two things leave a lot of his depth unspoken. Based on my conversations with him, I believe he could have been equally good and very likely better at covering politics as we was covering sports.

His insight was equally keen for politics, and he was just as well-read in the subject. But most importantly he had something so sorely missing in today's political climate. Today, the same statement or action can be taken completely differently based solely on who said it. Not agreeing with 35% of what someone believes, now necessitates disagreeing with 100% of what they have to say.

Christopher didn't have that. He could disagree with 95% of what a politician/person might say, but still would recognize the remaining 5% as something he agreed with. This made his viewpoints more relevant than many in the business today. This quality may have had something to do with his ability to deal with Internet trolls. Years ago, he told me he responded to each email he received; even the nastiest ones. He never responded angrily. He just explained how he saw it. Disarmed, none of them ever wrote back.

Stephan Chase

December 9, 2018

I'm kind of like my own generation in my family. I'm 14 years younger than my brother and 14 years older than his first child, my niece, Stephanie. This gave me the choice of which generation to hang out with at family gatherings.

When married people with children get together, they generally talk about one thing; their children. This doesn't leave a single person with much to contribute. So, I hung out with their kids. It wasn't a typical uncle--niece/nephew relationship. So, they came up with a word for it, "Unk."

Many of my happiest family moments during my young adulthood were spent in the company of Stephanie, Christopher, and their cousins. I feel quite blessed to have been a small part in their world as they were growing up, and I feel specifically blessed to have been able to benefit from Christopher's quickening wit and wisdom as he grew to be a man.

Stephan Chase

December 9, 2018

Christopher used to enjoy sailing with his grandfather (my father). This surprised many of us because his grandfather's manner made made the rest of the family try to avoid it. Years later I asked Christopher about it. I had been assuming all along that he was doing it just because he had to. He said something like,

"I don't know. I really liked it. I enjoyed sailing, and he was really nice to me."

This made me recall a short conversation I had with my father around that time. He said something like the following, with a true sense of joy.,

"You know. I was out sailing with Christopher yesterday, and the asked me 'why don't we just go that way?' I thought about it a bit, and so, that's what we did. And you know, Stephan? It worked out fine."

It seems like a small thing; my father listening to Christopher and taking his direction, but in our world of that time, it was really quite enormous. Christopher, by way of his nature, had struck a chord with my father that had eluded everyone else.

Stephan Chase

December 9, 2018

Early shots

Stephan Chase

December 9, 2018

Christopher with his Godson, Alexander, on the day of his Baptism.

Stephan Chase

December 9, 2018

One of the few shots with all the men (at the time) across three generations of the Chase family together.

Paul Kerantzas

December 5, 2018

There are no words of comfort or words to express the sorrow of the loss of our beloved Christopher.
We can only keep the memory of Christopher alive in our thoughts and hearts and smile because we knew
him. Let his life be an example of what it is to be a great human being, loving husband, father, son and
brother. If we can all be a little bit like Christopher, we can all be better people and his life goes on as a part of us. His wit, intellect and sense of humor, punctuated with a warm, compassionate smile made time shared with him a true joy. Unfortunately for me, this time was too few and far between, but these short
moments shared will be treasured and remembered always, God rest his soul.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Christopher A.P. Chase

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Christopher A.P. "Chris" Chase of Potomac, Maryland. Beloved husband of Alison L. (nee Pollarine) Chase; loving father of Anna Chase; son of Peter and Ioanna Chase; brother of Stephanie (James) Beaulieu; son-in-law of Wayne and Marilyn Pollarine; brother-in-law of Ian (Jill) Pollarine; also survived by his God-parents Paul and Toula Fotopoulos as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., at which time Trisagion will be offered, followed by tributes and reflections by friends and family until 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The family kindly suggests that memorial contributions may be made to The Anna Chase Scholarship Fund or Best Buddies International. Please view and sign the family guestbook at www.hinesrinaldifuneralhome.com