Chris Richard
  • Date of passing: Jan 14, 2015
Boa Viagem, Chris

This memorial website was created in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Chris Richard

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mark Biedlingmaier on 14th January 2016

"Such a gentle-man, generous Spirit, and warm smile -- that never goes out of fashion, nor, erased from our memories.  Chris - we struggle each day to walk in your footsteps."

This tribute was added by Amy Bliss-Iacoella on 25th February 2015

"Marco and I were so shocked and saddened to hear about Chris's passing.  We remember so fondly the years of working with Chris and Elizabeth in Rome, and I was in touch with Chris just a few months ago, during my bidding season.  Elizabeth, stiamo pensando a te e ci ricordiamo tutte le belle occasione insieme in Italia - dal famoso G-8 a una cena con voi per Thanksgiving --e molto di piu'.
Le nostre piu' sincere condoglianze, Amy and Marco"

This tribute was added by Wendy Vincent on 26th January 2015

"Chris was a true pleasure to work with in CDA/AD--as consular officers, we often discussed leadership and management tools, experiences, and tips. I will always remember his smiles, even in the midst of long meetings.  Sending my deepest condolences to everyone--Chris departed this world far too soon...."

This tribute was added by Jennie Hampton on 25th January 2015

"We were deeply saddened and heartbroken to hear of Chris' passing.  We traveled with Chris on trips in Portugal and Spain, and really enjoyed going out to dinner every week as part of our "Monday Night Dinner Group."  Chris was a class act, with an infectious smile and wit.  We will miss him."

This tribute was added by Holly Holzer on 23rd January 2015

"Elizabeth -

My deepest condolences to you and your family.  I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  I hope you are surrounded by love and kindness in the times head.  Sending you love from afar."

This tribute was added by Theresa Grencik on 22nd January 2015

"Elizabeth:  So, so sad to read of Chris' death.  Am holding you and your family in my thoughts.  Until I see you next -- T"

This tribute was added by Timothy Dalton on 22nd January 2015

"Shocked and saddened to learn of Chris' passing.  He was a wonderful coworker and friend, quick to laugh, and always willing to listen and help.  You are missed."

This tribute was added by Ann Granatino on 22nd January 2015

"Elizabeth, I am heartbroken to learn of Chris' passing.  My most sincere condolences to you.  It's been a while since we were all in Roma, but I have nothing but fond memories of that time and the two of you."

This tribute was added by Pat Westheimer on 22nd January 2015

"Chris was a great friend of Americans in Portugal. He attended many of our events, always had a great smile, wonderful voice and positive spirit. We will all deeply miss him. Condolences to your family and friends. Pat Westheimer, Director, Americans in Portugal"

This tribute was added by Margarida Gomes on 22nd January 2015

"I was tremendously saddened to know of Chris’ early departure.  Too early!!  I worked with Chris in Lisbon when he served as our Consul General from 2010 to 2013. I will always have fond memories of the great professional he was and his spirit, his contagious laughter and his special sense of humor.  His passion for European soccer leagues that he discussed with such incredible expertize with the other experts colleagues,  in impeccable Portuguese with a cute Brazilian accent.  My condolences go out to Elizabeth, his family and friends."

This tribute was added by William Sands on 22nd January 2015

"Elizabeth, I am profoundly sorry for your loss.  You are in my thoughts.
Chris, thank you for the help and guidance.  You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Paul Peek on 22nd January 2015

"So sorry to hear of Chris' passing. Chris was always a calming presence and a joy to be around."

This tribute was added by Kathy Hallett on 22nd January 2015

"Elizabeth- I heard great things about Chris, and am very sorry for your loss.  Kathy"

This tribute was added by Allen Nugent on 22nd January 2015

"We are deeply saddened to hear of Chris's passing. Cheryl and I have fond memories of our friendship in Bangkok. Our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and family."

This tribute was added by Stephen Ibelli on 22nd January 2015

"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we write to you of our deep sorrow. Our most profound condolences from Regional Office Rabat and Tunisia."

This tribute was added by Steve Cuthbertson on 22nd January 2015

"Elizabeth

So sad to see this news. Deepest condolences from Lisa & myself.  You are in our thoughts."

This tribute was added by Tony Loh on 22nd January 2015

"Very sad to hear of Chris's passing.  Chris and I played tennis regularly at Embassy Lisbon, prior to his assignment in Washington. He was a great player and always motivated me to play better.  Although we shared many hours playing tennis and Chris always played with intensity and purpose, he never, in our entire 2 years of playing, wanted to play a game that we kept score.  I found that unusually and refreshing and really revealed the person that Chris was.  Eager to be a friend and engage with others, be very competitive BUT never wanted to "win" and show himself as better than the other person.  I'm sure he probably would have won if we did keep score, he truly did not believe that winning or losing was that important.  Only playing the game and enjoying that moment in life to the fullest.  I will keep that fond memory of Chris for the rest of my life."

This tribute was added by Kerry Webb on 22nd January 2015

"Very sorry for your loss.  He recommended me to Bangkok ACS and said I'll never serve anywhere like it.  He was right."

This tribute was added by Stuart Denyer on 22nd January 2015

"I have such fond memories of laughing and sharing with Chris in the midst of crisis task forces.  He put everyone at ease.  He is very much missed."

This tribute was added by Kathy Gallardo on 22nd January 2015

"Dear Elizabeth,
I am so sorry to hear of Chris's passing and ache for your loss. My deepest condolences."

This tribute was added by Michael Heath on 21st January 2015

"Very saddened to hear of Chris's passing.   Chris was such a caring and professional mentor as I was starting my career under his supervision.   I also fondly remember our tennis matches and social get-togethers. My deepest condolences to you, Elizabeth."

This tribute was added by Karl Albrecht on 21st January 2015

"Elizabeth,

My wife and I were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Chris's passing.   He was a highly professional FSO, of course, but his sense of humor and down-to-earth manner made him a valued colleague and friend.

Your are in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Paula Thiede & Wakie Martin on 21st January 2015

"Chris brought laughter, fun and kindness to work, as well as professionalism and intelligence.  We remember him with great fondness and affection.  Our thoughts are with you, Elizabeth, and all of his family as well."

This tribute was added by Cathy Blowers on 21st January 2015

"Chris, it's been a week and I still just don't know what to do or say. It is so difficult to come to the office knowing you won't be there to listen, laugh, or commiserate. You always valued my opinion, always trusted my judgment, and never made me feel like I was anything but awesome. I promise you I'm going to kick butt in Portuguese to do you proud. Everytime I speak it, I'll think of you. And even when I don't, I'll think of you. As you always said, "The bottom line is," you were the awesome one."

This tribute was added by Larry Sperling on 21st January 2015

"A kind spirit and gentle soul, Chris enriched my life during our time working together on trade and environment, a few years ago.  He inspired trust and a desire to collaborate in those around him.  A true diplomat."

This tribute was added by Silvia Eiriz on 21st January 2015

"I was fortunate to meet Chris and Elizabeth in Rome.  Chris was a warm, thoughtful and caring individual.  Elizabeth is in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Aurelia Fedenisn on 21st January 2015

"So sorry to hear about Chris' passing. Fond memories of our tour in Islamabad. Thoughts and prayers for Elizabeth and all the family."

This tribute was added by Janet Bogue on 21st January 2015

"Farewell, Chris, kind and cheerful colleague.  Elizabeth, you are on my mind and in my heart."

This tribute was added by Sue Bremner on 21st January 2015

"So sad to hear of Chris's untimely passing.  He added grace and kindness to the world, and he leaves uncountable memories of happy encounters.  Elizabeth, please know how many people wish you well as you cope with with your loss."

This tribute was added by Chana Turner on 21st January 2015

"Wonderful personality.  I had the opportunity to work with Chris on my first task force.  An outstanding individual, a life in service!  My prayers are with Chris and family."

This tribute was added by Mark Stevenson on 21st January 2015

"I was deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Chris' untimely death. I have fond memories of spending good times with him and Elizabeth in Bangkok in the 90s."

This tribute was added by Debbie McDonald on 21st January 2015

"We all were shocked to hear about Chris' passing.  I find it hard to think of him without smiling.  Although our tour in Rome together was over 15 years ago, I still remember what a great person he was.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth and family."

This tribute was added by jake aller on 21st January 2015

"I was shocked and dismayed to hear the news. I ran into Chris Monday in the hall way and he seemed great. Shows how fragile life is.  I learned all I knew about ACS work from Chris when I was in Bangkok as a vice counsel.  he will be missed by all of us.  He made a difference in my life and many others as well."

This tribute was added by Ellen Conway on 21st January 2015

"I am so saddened by this.  Peter and I will always remember the fun times with Chris and Elizabeth, and I will miss arguing over the O's versus the Yankees with Chris.  Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and family."

This tribute was added by Jamie Lawrence on 21st January 2015

"I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Chris' death. Chris was a great boss/mentor/friend during my time in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. We shared a love of sports and all things Italian. I will be forever thankful for the professional development support and general life encouragement that Chris provided during countless trips to the Foggy Bottom Starbucks for double espressos - always his treat. Chris, you will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Susan Stevenson on 21st January 2015

"Sad and shocked to hear that Chris is no longer with us.  He was too young to go -- always so positive and caring.  He will be deeply missed."

This tribute was added by Tolkyn Martin on 21st January 2015

"Chris was a great mentor and colleague. I will miss him popping by the office with a cup of coffee."

This tribute was added by Meredith Mangum on 20th January 2015

"Chris, I will miss seeing your smile and hearing you laugh with our team as you walked and down the hall, always checking on and helping everyone. Your humble leadership is an inspiration. Thank you for being a kind mentor and friend."

This tribute was added by Elisa Greene on 20th January 2015

"I am truly very sorry to hear of Chris' passing."

This tribute was added by David Abell on 20th January 2015

"Chris was a good man who could always be depended on for sound advice.  The Foreign Servcie and the human race are both poorer in his absence."

This tribute was added by Mark Biedlingmaier on 19th January 2015

"Chris' untimely death was tragic, abrupt, sorrowful, and final.  His legacy however as an esteemed and valued colleague, warm Spirit, and vision of optimism will be enduring, a model for others, and a tribute to his humility which we could only hope to emulate.  Sincerest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones at this difficult time.  Servus,"

This tribute was added by Susanna Schuch on 17th January 2015

"I only knew Chris through my husband, John Schuch, not in person, but since John spoke always with affection and friendship about him, I was shocked too about his passing. My heart goes also  out to his wife and family."

This tribute was added by Stuart Symington on 16th January 2015

"The light Chris shared with us in A 100, 29 years ago, shines as clear in my memory now as it did then,  Chris brightened lives and warmed hearts at every moment of his life.  By the measure that matters most, no life was more full than his.  But to all who drew joy from his light, no loss could be more untimely.  Susan and I join in sendng love to his family and deep thanks for sharing him with all of us."

This tribute was added by John Schuch on 16th January 2015

"Although we met through work, I always considered Chris as a friend because of his generosity with his time, his willingness to help others, and his extraordinary kindness. I will miss you, Chris."

This tribute was added by Mike Honnold on 16th January 2015

"Such a shock that Chris is no longer with us.  He was a good man, a dedicated colleague, and always there with an open door and a willing ear."

This tribute was added by Jesse Naputi on 16th January 2015

"Deeply saddened by the news of Chris' passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and his family."

This tribute was added by Melissa Horwitz on 16th January 2015

"Thank you, Chris, for all of your smiles."

This tribute was added by Maria Eustace on 16th January 2015

"Chris was always so friendly and caring - a wonderful colleague"


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