Archive » June 21, 2012
By SYVJ Staff
Our ‘CristBomb’ G-Pac – our funniest one – joined the angels in heaven in the early morning of June 8, 2012. Surfer-dude – free-wheelin’ silent leader – Harry’s life inspires a world without judgment or violence, evoking laughter, love and above all – fun.
Santa Barbara born and bred – he was the only son of Sam and Ann Crist – a true miracle baby – born June 30, 1947. After graduating from Santa Barbara High School in 1965, Harry married his high school sweetheart, Linda Rae Fillippini, and with his strength and her whimsy they created what Harry would truly consider his greatest accomplishment – his family. With a bachelors’ degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Harry and Linda moved their family north to the Bay Area of San Francisco, where Harry spent the next 20 years traveling the world, hopping from one pineapple plantation to the next – working for Del Monte Foods Corporation.
Through all his travels – the endless summer coast and fiesta spirit of Santa Barbara never eluded Harry’s heart and a simple twist of fate and a new career at Medtronic Corporation, moved Harry and this family back to the central coast in the early 1990s – finally feeling home – in the hills above Santa Barbara known as the Santa Ynez Valley. Here, Harry continued to inspire with what he referred to as his Saturday Night ‘Gig’ – playing rhythm guitar in the music ministry of Old Mission Santa Ines.
Harry’s kind heart and unconditional love will live on through his ‘3 best friends’ – his wife – Linda Rae Crist and their two daughters – Kelly Andrea Lowe of Yucca Valley and Kari Elizabeth Crist of Solvang. In addition, his 3 grandchildren – Meagan, Ashley and Dylan Lowe – his little rascals – will continue to shine as bright as their G-Pac’s heart.
A celebration of Harry’s life will be held on Friday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang CA 93464.
God Only Knows what we’d be without you … Love Minus Zero – No Limits.
Please Send Donations in Harry’s name to www.BeTheMatch.com for the National Marrow Donor Program and help the other 10,000 marrow transplant patients that need our support.
– Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors