Atkinson, Chris (A.B.) - Peacefully after a brief illness at University Hospital on Monday, November 19, 2012 in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Barbara Atkinson for 50 years. Cherished father of Ross Atkinson (Susanna Kong), Robert Atkinson (Kay Lavery) and the late Katherine Ann Atkinson. Proud grandfather of Christopher and Benjamin. Dear brother of Janet Eyre (Ken). Predeceased by his sister June. Chris will also be fondly remembered by nieces, nephews and extended family in England. Born and educated in London, England, Chris joined the Royal Army Medical Corps for seven years, during which time he travelled all over the world. Chris immigrated to Canada in 1960 where he met Barbara. Two years later Barbara and Chris moved to London and were married at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, continuing their careers as Medical Technologists at St. Joseph's Hospital. Chris went on to teach Medical Technology at Fanshawe College for 26 years. After taking an early retirement, he started his own business in Education Communication. Outside of work, Chris was involved in Scouting for over 40 years including a term as District Commissioner. He was also a strong and active parishioner at the Church of St. John the Evangelist for over 45 years. During this time he held many roles, including chair of the property committee, Sunday school superintendent, and a member of the parish council. He also taught first communion classes for 25 years. He was involved at the diocesan level with the Huron Hunger Fund and Huron Church Camp. Visitation Friday, November 23, from 7-9 p.m. at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 280 St. James Street (at Wellington) where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, November 24, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation the hour preceding. Cremation with interment at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Huron Hunger Fund, Christian Children's Fund or charity of choice would be greatly appreciated.
Jane and Peter Townshend
November 21, 2012, 11:04 pm
Dear Barb, Ross and Rob;
Many years have passed since I was at St. John's but Chris and you both have played a role in forming who I became. May God surround you with His presence at this time and may you feel strength together as a family as you begin to celebrate Chris' wonderful life.
November 22, 2012, 9:40 am
Dear Barb, Ross and Rob: Please know how very saddened our family is to hear of Chris's passing. We all cherish many memories of times past filled with warmth, love, faith and endless laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you travel this most difficult part of your journies.
November 22, 2012, 9:55 am
Information Technology Services (ITS) at Western University is thinking about you. Sorry to hear about your loss.
November 22, 2012, 11:41 am
Dear Rob, Mrs. Atkinson and family,
I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time.
November 22, 2012, 1:11 pm
Dear Barb and family
Iam so sorry to hear of Chris's death.My sympathy's go to you and your family.
I have many fond memories of living and working with both you and Chris.
In deepest sympathy
November 22, 2012, 4:47 pm
Dear Rob and family,
My heart goes out to you. I hope you feel the love of friends and family around you at this time.
November 22, 2012, 4:58 pm
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I've been remembering so many wonderful St. John's times, and my heart goes to you all. We send prayers from the West.
Jean=-Marc & Jane Philibert
November 22, 2012, 11:04 pm
To Barbara, Ross, Rob and their families, our deepest sympathy. We have fond memories of dog walking in Gibbons Park with Chris and Tigger. We got to know a kind and generous man who did more good work in his life than most, but with a deprecating sense of humour about what he achieved. He had the light touch of those for whom love and care for his fellow human beings came naturally, flowing freely from the heart. Jean-Marc was deeply touched when helping Chris renovate Barb's kitchen and Chris called him 'old son'. (J-M's affectionate term for Chris, in return was 'old bugger'). We mourn the passing of an uncommon man and hope that we will learn from him to love one another a little more.
Jean-Marc and Jane Philibert
November 24, 2012, 9:40 am
To Barb and Family,
I offer my most sincere sympathy to you on learning of Chris's passing. I enjoyed his support, his wit and his commitment to his students at Fanshawe College. His almost daily stories of the antics of one of my dogs you rescued, brought tears of laughter to me and our colleagues. I regret never compensating you for the damages!
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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