- 35 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 8, 1979
- Place of birth:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 22, 2015
- Place of passing:
Ft.Lauderdale, Florida, United States
|I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. - Jesus|
This memorial website was created in memory of my brother, Chad Oppert, 35, born on June 8, 1979 and passed away on April 22, 2015. My parents, Chuck and Donna, and I want to share our grief with you during this time of loss. Galatians 6:2 tells us to "carry each others burdens". It is my hope that we can do this through sharing stories about how Chad touched our lives. Please take the time to add a picture or share your thoughts with us while we greive together.
Services will be held in Alpharetta, Georgia at North Point Community Church on Thursday, May 21st at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Calvary Chapel Memorial Ministry; 4Kids of South Florida or Sheridan House Family Ministry in Chad Oppert's memory.
Donations for Atlanta friends and family may be made to Providence Christian Academy at www.buildthelussi.com.
Chad loved the Lord Jesus, and he was baptized just three days before his passing. We take great comfort in knowing that Chad is at home with the Lord. Thank you for taking the time to remember Chad and celebrate his life with us.
- Leigh Armstrong, Chad's sister
Loving memories of our son, CHAD OPPERT
We lost our beloved son Chad unexpectedly as he passed into God's arms on Wednesday, April 22nd, at the young age of 35, with a peaceful spirit and surrounded by his loving parents and girlfriend. Chad Oppert was an Atlanta native who had recently returned to live in Ft. Lauderdale. Chad's untimely death was from internal bleeding causing heart failure. Chad is survived by his loving parents Chuck and Donna Oppert of Ft. Lauderdale and by his sister Leigh and brother-in-law Drue Armstrong and their young son, Judah, of Atlanta. He also leaves behind his long-time companion Dana Strianese, whom he loved. Chad was born in Atlanta on June 8, 1979. To follow in his father's footsteps as a pilot, Chad did his solo flight at age 23 and then quickly earned both his Airline Transport pilot and Multi-Engine and Commercial pilot licenses. His career in corporate jet aviation included flying a Learjet60 and Hawkers & Cessna Citations. Chad was an accomplished pilot and, having grown up around aviation, it made sense that he'd one day pursue his life's dreams of traveling the world. He even met the Blue Angel pilots. Chad's faith quote before all flights was, "I am safe with the blood of your protection and your angels on my wing tips." Chad's last flight, flying with his father on his final day on earth, was truly God's blessing. Chad was a passionate gourmet chef and prepared memorable meals for his family. He was a remarkably funny man who made you laugh in all situations. He had a kind heart and a helping hand for anyone in need, especially the homeless people. He was a great lover of animals and they took to him quickly. Chad loved and accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and continued strongly in a personal relationship with Christ as the center of his life and strength; he was truly an overcomer. He loved living by the water and found great solace in ocean waves and sunsets. Chad was baptized at a Calvary Chapel's service at the Atlantic Ocean at Pompano Beach on April 18th, just three days before God called Chad to come home to heaven. Chad was loved by all who knew him and his parting will leave a hole difficult to fill. Blessed be the Lord who gives and takes away. As God has Chad in His arms, we will have Chad in our hearts until we meet again in heaven.
"I only have a picture now,
A frozen piece of time,
To remind me of how it was,
When you were here, and mine.
I see your smiling eyes,
Each morning when I wake,
I talk to you, and place a kiss,
Upon your lovely face.
How much I miss you being here,
I really cannot say,
The ache is deep inside my heart,
And never goes away.
I hear it mentioned often,
That time will heal the pain,
But if I'm being honest,
I hope it will remain.
I need to feel you constantly,
To get me through the day,
I loved you so very much,
Why did you go away?
The angels came and took you,
That really wasn't fair,
They took my one and only Son,
My future life. My heir.
If only they had asked me,
If I would take your place,
I would have done so willingly,
Leaving you this world to grace.
You should have had so many years,
To watch your life unfold,
And in the mist of this,
Watch us your Dad, and Mom grow old!
To watch your nephew take his first step!
To be the brother you've always been!
I hope you're watching from above,
At the daily tasks I do,
And let there be no doubt at all,
I really do love you.
"Thinking of Chad and his loved ones today. I'm sure it is a difficult day today but I hope you can celebrate his life, love and the difference he made in your lives.
Happy Birthday to Chad, your guardian angel in Heaven.
Love to all."
"I am so sad to hear that Chad has passed away. Chad was one of my closest friends throughout elementary school. My mind has been racing with wonderful memories with him : sleepovers (loved that water bed!), water gun wars (and later paint ball wars), basketball camps & pratices, pining for girls' attention, trips to six flags. His sense of humor and love of life were contagious. I'm thankful to have known him. My condolences to his wonderful family. I know he will be missed greatly."
"I met Chad through Dana many moons ago. He always made me laugh and I will always cherish those moments. I hope the following saying brings you some comfort in this time of sorrow....Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy-Eskimo Poverb"
"While I struggle with this loss my heart truly breaks for those closest to him. Chad's family and my sister are missing such a significant part of their lives...It will never be the same.
Chad was very close with his parents Chuck and Donna and his sister Leigh. He was also so happy and proud to recently become an Uncle to Judah. Chad and my sister Dana have been together for 7 years and 6 months (they still celebrated months!). They had a fun, playful and close relationship. They were best friends and soul mates. It was truly one-of-a-kind.
Chad was a very sweet, friendly, happy, playful, kind, loving, and giving man. I'm grateful for all the love he showed my sister over the years. Every time I saw Chad he would tell me (and anyone who would listen) how much he loves my sister! They were very much in love and I am happy they were able to experience such joy.
I am sure Chad will live on in all your memories and I hope that can bring you some peace. Chad was very loved and will be very missed.
May your tears help you heal, your memories bring you comfort and your love live on forever.
"If there ever comes a day we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."
-Winne the Pooh"
"“I’ll lend you for a little time a child of mine,” He said.
“For you to love the while he lives and mourn when he is dead,
“It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three.
“But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
“He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, but should his stay be brief,
“You’ll have his lovely memories, as solace for your grief,
“I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
“But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
“I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true,
“And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.
“Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
“Nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again?
I fancied that I heard them say: Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
“For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness: we’ll love him while we may,
And for happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay.
“But should the angels call for him much sooner than we’d planned.
“We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”
May God Bless the Oppert Family
Our love and sincerest condolences,
Cherlie, Kaiden, Jason and Richard"
"At the rising sun and at its going down we remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter we remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring we remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer we remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn we remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends we remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us. As we remember them. When we are weary and in need of strength we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart we remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make we remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share we remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs we remember them.
For as long as we live, they too will live,
For they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
May God Bless the Oppert Family
Our love and sincerest condolences,
-Marcy & Jaime Kravit"
"Dear Heavenly Father,
Please wrap Your loving arms around the Oppert and Armstrong families as they are navigating this road of loss and confusion. Lord, please guide them in Your infinite wisdom. Lord, may Your love reign down like Your grace and bring them peace in knowing that You have received Chad into Your kingdom and he free and safe in Your holy presence.
We pray this in Your matchless, unwavering, awe inspiring name...