OBITUARY

Michael Peter Christin Sr.

February 22, 1949June 23, 2013

Michael Peter Christin of Toano, VA, died Sunday June 23, 2013, at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond as a result of injuries from a bicycle accident. He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Christin was born on February 22, 1949, in Columbus, OH, to the late Robert Ernest and Dorothy (Dunn) Christin.

Mr. Christin received a BA degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert's College, DePere, WI, and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ.

Mr. Christin served in the United States Navy, Special Warfare Unit, SEAL Team Two in Norfolk, VA. He was the medical corpsman for his unit. In Europe, he participated in numerous cross training missions with NATO special warfare units. Mr. Christin was Executive Director of the Healing Place, a recovery program and detox facility for homeless men in Athens, GA, and was the founding Executive Director of The Healing Place, in Richmond, VA. Mr. Christin developed community support, obtained approval from city officials, and launched a capital campaign to establish the facility that still serves the Richmond community.

Mr. Christin was active as a volunteer for Williamsburg Walk the Talk, a mentoring program for people released from jail in the Williamsburg community.

He was an avid skydiver with well over 3000 jumps, after which he stopped counting. Earlier in his career, Mr. Christin served as an international trade manager for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for an international corporation that operated restaurants throughout Latin America, and Vice President for commercial loans at Bank of America (Sovran) in Norfolk.

Mr. Christin is survived by his loving wife Teresa Faircloth Christin of Toano, VA; son Michael Peter Christin, Jr.; his brothers Robert (Barbara) of Washington Grove, MD; George (Audrey Schwartz) of Medford, MA; Matthew of Portola Valley, CA; Joseph of Waltham, MA; Edward of Miami Beach, FL; John (Linda) of Milford, CT; by his sisters Rita Bertino (Joseph) of Ossining, NY; Mary Christin (John Becker) of Waltham, MA; and by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Christin is predeceased by his brother Paul.

A funeral mass for Mr. Christin will be held at the Hickory Neck Episcopal Church, 8300 Richmond Road, Toano, VA, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Friends are invited to visit Mr. Christin’s family at the Church after the service. His remains will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Christin's name may be made to the Hickory Neck Episcopal Church.

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Michael Peter Christin Sr.

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Pedro Diez

November 3, 2013

Will miss you here regardless will see you again. You are a great person, a friend with a heart of gold.

Chris Fajardo

July 23, 2013

Meeting Mike for the first time was a positive experience, his personal warmth was always the first thing I felt and will remember when I think of him. My experience with THP in Louisville and then Richmond was the beginning of a friendship that ended to soon.
Bless you and be with the grace of God, Chris Fajardo (Louisville Kentucky)

Louise Thompson

July 15, 2013

My memory of Mike is as a college student in the late 70's. I was in awe of his being able to party hard, smoke a cigarette and then run 10 miles at the crack of dawn! My heartfelt sympathy to the entire Christin family.
Louise (Ranno) Thompson

July 15, 2013

You left a legacy of kindness and hope for many people. I will miss you my brother.
Michael Kerr

Tina

July 2, 2013

The flaming liberals will continue in your memory - we will miss your insight. RIP, my friend

July 2, 2013

Another angel gets his wings! RIP, Mike. You have touched the lives of many and will truly be missed.

Denise Thomas-Brown

July 1, 2013

I was devastated to learn of Mike's death in this morning's South Bend Tribune. It doesn't seem possible that a person so loving, so alive, so vital, could be lost to the world. The Christin family has been special in my life and in the lives of my girls. Dot, Mike's mother, was my closest friend. At one time, we got the notion that we would like to have Mike take us sky diving. He was very enthusiastic and encouraging about the prospect. Unfortunately, we lost our nerve and never carried the idea through. But I think it shows where Mike's derring-do might have come from. He had a great zest for adventure.

My heart goes out to all of his grieving family. There will be many tears shed for Mike, a truly unique and admirable human being. He left us way too soon. My love and sympathy to all of you. Cathy Duncan

Ed and Lisa Gasper

June 30, 2013

You are truly missed!!

D Williams

June 30, 2013

My condolences to the family. During your time of great sorrow may you find peace and comfort in this sure promise found at John 6:40 and may God comfort you during your time of grief.

June 30, 2013

What a loss to the Family and the world. Mike was a great friend and inspiring example of living the good life. I cant believe Bob's memorial was the last time I will ever see him in this world. My heart aches for you all, and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this and all times. I will miss Mike greatly. love from Cyd Duncan Schwertz