Born: 10-23-1989 Died: 12-06-2012 Birthplace: Framingham, MA. Resided In: Brighton, MA Visitation to be held on: Saturday, December 15, 2012 Services to be held on: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Christopher John Weigl, 23, passed away suddenly December 6, 2012 as a result of a tragic accident. A lifelong Massachusetts resident and Boston University graduate student, Christopher was born in Framingham and lived most of his life in Southborough, MA.
Christopher was born in Framingham and lived most of his life in Southborough, MA. An avid outdoorsman, Christopher obtained the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14 and remained an active member of Boy Scout Troop 1 till his eighteenth birthday. In addition to scouting, Christopher was an accomplished clarinet player throughout his years of schooling, and played in a variety of ensembles including the Central District Band and Orchestra, MetroWest Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra. After graduating Worcester Academy in 2007, Christopher matriculated to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Although eventually deciding upon a bachelors in English, photography supplanted music as the central passion of Christopher’s life, and he could often be found shooting campus events for the student paper or the school’s communications department.
By graduation, Christopher had served as both Photography Club President as well as Photography Editor of the Skidmore News. These pursuits were in addition to internships with Panorama Magazine, Emma Dodge Hanson Photography and KCK Photography, as well as a semester abroad in Florence, Italy to take more specialized photography classes.
After graduation, Christopher indulged his love of travel by embarking on a six week trip through Operation Groundswell, a “voluntourism” organization, to find a story and do service projects in Cambodia and Thailand. It was on the little Cambodian island of Koh Rong, where he interviewed locals and uncovered a government takeover of the island, that Christopher found a story and cemented his love for photojournalism.
The experience in Southeast Asia seeded the first thoughts of graduate school, and after a year of working at Ritz Camera, driving limousines, building a photography business, and freelance reporting for the weekly Community Advocate, Christopher moved to Brighton to attend Boston University’s Photojournalism Masters Program.
Fueled by his passion, his love and excitement for his work continued to grow, with new opportunities unfolding seemingly every day.
Christopher’s warmth, humor, integrity, love of life and friends, and his way of picturing the world will be missed by all who knew him.
Christopher is survived by his parents, Bonnie and Andy Weigl, his brother Dustin, and cat Ivy. Extended family includes grandmothers Buffy Rifkin and Etta Ruth Weigl, Uncle Karl Weigl and his daughter Nicole, Aunt Kit and Uncle John Potter, and their children, Valerie Friedlander and Megan Potter.
Please note: Christopher wrote most of the above in September as an initial assignment in his graduate program. Nobody could have imagined how important these words would become - so very soon.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 15, from 3-7:30p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16) www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com
A memorial service will take place on Sunday, December 16 at 2:00p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Holliston, MA, 725 Washington Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Boston University College of Communications, and designated for the Christopher Weigl Memorial Fund. These funds will create opportunities for passionate photojournalism students to “continue Christopher’s work”…. helping students to discover the wonder of creating pictures that tell a story.
To make a donation, please use this link, and be sure to indicate funds will be for the Memorial Fund. Thank you.
Posted by Jeff Berg & Debra Paget on December 16th, 2012, 10:50 pm
Andy & Bonnie - We are absolutely stunned to learn of Chris' passing from our mutual friends Lynne & Arthur McKay. May the love you shared, and the memories of his life and what he achieved, comfort you in this loss.
Posted by Sandy Alexander on December 15th, 2012, 11:22 pm
There is nothing worse than having to face such a loss ~ my heart and thoughts are with you and hoping you find strength in knowing what a wonderful son you have raised and what a true good person at heart he was. It's hard to find solace in that but, in the coming days, months, etc. I think it will all be reaffirmed what a truly special young man you had raised and you should be proud - Proud to have raised a happy child who did what he loved - that's a gift most children don't get. Thinking of you and wishing you strength and happy memories of all the good days gone by.
Posted by Rao Durvasula on December 15th, 2012, 11:27 am
I am so sorry to hear about Chris, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Rao Durvasula and Family
Posted by Jay Rothstein & Patrice Cistulli on December 14th, 2012, 5:09 pm
Andy, Bonnie & Dustin - our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts.
Posted by Bryan Martinez on December 13th, 2012, 8:51 pm
Andy, my deepest condolences to you, your wife and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Wendy Keyes on December 13th, 2012, 8:14 pm
I was beyond saddened to hear of your loss. It has robbed me of words. Please know that my lack of words does not mean a lack of tears or feeling. I hurt for you.
Posted by Lynn Flamand on December 13th, 2012, 11:16 am
Andy, Bonnie and Dustin,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May 23 years of wonderful memories with Chris be in your hearts forever.
Posted by Joanne Fitzgerald on December 12th, 2012, 5:06 pm
Hello Bonnie & Andy,
I was stunned when I read Gabriel's Trumpet from the UCC today and saw the notice for Chris' service on Sunday. You have my deepest condolences on his passing. I cannot fathom why wonderful young people, so full of promise, are gone too soon. May God's presence be all around you in the weeks and months to come. Peace, Joanne
Posted by Beth and Gary Hagy on December 11th, 2012, 9:51 pm
Dear Bonnie, Andy, and Dustin,
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Christopher. May your memories of him, and the thoughts and prayers of family and friends sustain you and your extended family during this difficult time.
Posted by Donna Chapin on December 11th, 2012, 8:31 pm
I sit here trying to bring some comfort-to say something that hasn't been said already and I come up empty. Just know Bonnie I am here when you need me...
Posted by Sheila Jacobs, Murray Church on December 11th, 2012, 12:47 pm
I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your son, Chris.
Your family, Reverend Bob and his sons are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Posted by Priscilla Mota on December 10th, 2012, 10:25 pm
My condolences to the Weigl family. I feel very lucky to have had Chris in my life. He was a wonderful friend and co-worker.
Posted by Shari and Chris on December 10th, 2012, 7:50 pm
We are thinking of you both during this painful and emotional time. We loved hearing all of the great stories - keep telling them.
Posted by Rebecca on December 10th, 2012, 4:20 pm
My condolences to all of Chris' family and friends. Chris was such a wonderful, smart, handsome, talented, and funny guy. He will truly be missed.
Posted by BobCarlton on December 10th, 2012, 3:58 pm
My condolences to your entire family. I had the luxury of getting to know Chris briefly during his time here at Skidmore. He was always a pleasure to talk with and was always smiling.
Posted by Lisa Skelton on December 10th, 2012, 11:01 am
Andy and Bonnie,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Chris.
Posted by Nikole Army on December 10th, 2012, 10:08 am
Dear Bonnie - I was hartbroken to hear the news. Christopher will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Please know you, Andy and Dustin are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Posted by Erin Castrucci on December 10th, 2012, 9:42 am
Thoughts and prayers to Christopher's family and friends. Thinking of you, Bonnie, and love you all very much.
-Erin Castrucci, Cincinnati, OH
Posted by Stephanie (Luz) Abrams on December 10th, 2012, 9:32 am
It has been many years since I worked with Bonnie and last saw Chris, and what an extroaordinary and inspirational life Chris has led!
He is a role model for us all, teaching us that you can do good in the world while pursuing your dreams. Keeping you all close in my heart and prayers, and may Chris' zest for life comfort and strengthen you
Posted by A Mom on December 10th, 2012, 8:57 am
what a beautiful soul and spirit...may God bless all of you during this difficult time.
Posted by Jayne Mattson on December 10th, 2012, 8:00 am
Andy and Bonnie,
Words cannot begin to express my deep sadness about your son Christoper. May God guide you through the time ahead as he is wrapping his arms around you. You will continue to be in my prayers.
Posted by Cynthia Jokinen on December 9th, 2012, 4:35 pm
K am very sorry for your-loss. I feel and understand your grief, pain, shock, devastation, heartbreak and disbelief.; Ma Christopher's memories help to soothe all you old feel now and always. Cindy a mom who is a stranger who understands. Mom of Gus 32,Fred 31 and the late Frankie May, my first born and only child. She was born 22 of August 1977 and left on October 30 2010 after a long fight with a terminal disease, which she fight with courageous until she could no longer fight. RIP Frankie May and Christopher. We love now and always and will not ever be forgotten.
Posted by Linda Hubley on December 8th, 2012, 8:40 pm
Condolences and prayers on the loss of Chris. He will be missed by many.
Posted by Lynn, Mike, Nathan and Dana Marrone on December 8th, 2012, 8:10 pm
Bonnie, Andy and Dustin,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in your loss of Chris. We fondly remember him at Worcester Academy--a member of the Class of 2007 and the cross country team. From what we read, it sounds like Chris continued to "Achieve the Honorable" in so many ways. May the love you shared and memories cherished comfort you at this painful time.
Posted by Jim & Jackie Thrasivoulos on December 8th, 2012, 7:42 pm
Dear Bonnie, Andy & Dustin - our condolences and prayers are with you.
Posted by John & Ellen Mauro on December 8th, 2012, 4:44 pm
Our our deepest condolences, as well as our thoughts and prayers are with you during these extremely difficult times.