In November 2005 I had to pleasure of teaching Chris the Skydiving School Instructor rating in Calgary. Attached is a picture of him crashing at my house during the course.
Chris was someone I had known a bit through various Drop Zones, however the experience of teaching him the course let me see him shine as a professional instructor/teacher. Chris truly excelled on the course and was passionate about our sport and the process of instructing. He provided insight to his peers on the course through his experience as an instructor in the military and his sense of teamwork was evident and appreciated by all on the course.
At the time I was dealing with many personal issues in my life related to a failed relationship, betrayal and a broken heart, Chris was kind enough to share some similar stories and offer some words of wisdom and support. I was able to share with him stories of my cousin Paul who was a member of the same regiment as Chris and how Paul had ultimately & tragically killed himself as a result of what he saw in the former Yugoslavia during deployments there in the mid 1990s.
I ran into Chris when I literally bumped into him in a hallway at Skydive Arizona in February before his deployment overseas, we had a brief conversation about his goals to take more advanced skydiving courses from me upon his return from Afghanistan and after catching up on some stories I shook his hand and wished him good luck and good hunting overseas. I recently smiled and told everyone who would listen when reading the media reports about Chris and the Macleans Magazine issue with the gorgeous girl in it that he and his troops admired.
Its hard to comprehend that that man is no longer with us but I will certainly never forget him and his memory. Chris was a charismatic and passionate skydiver, solider & patriot, he will not be forgotten.
Chairman, Coaching Working Committee
Canadian Sport Parachuting Association
"Knowledge Dispels Fear" Derek Orr
IA,IB,IPFF,C1,C2 & Master Course Facilitator