Obituary and Memorial of the Late Christopher Heath
The Funeral of the late Christopher Heath took place at Birches Crematorium on Thursday 8th May 2023.
Chris was by all accounts a quiet, self-depreciating man, a rocker, who loved his music, both to listen to and to play and he had a wicked sense of humour.
Chris was born at the Heywood Hospital on the 8th June 1964, the first of three sons. He attended The Reginald Mitchell Primary school and then Clough Hall Comprehensive school. Chris was a very quiet young man, who loved his own company, playing his music on guitar. He had an interest in electronics and would often be found with a circuit board on the floor and his soldering iron in hand. Following school he attended Staffordshire Polytechnic where he earned his degree in Mechanical engineering. His first and only job, was with Nortek Electronics in Congleton, as a design engineer. Chris left Nortek after 2016, and went into semi-retirement although continuing to work freelance on a self-employed basis.
Chris was devoted to his parents spending many holidays with them, and when John became unwell with Motor neurone Disease he dedicated a large portion of his time to caring for him.
Chris, although quiet, had a wicked sense of humour. He loved his music, especially heavy rock, some of which was shared throughout his funeral service and life celebration. He was also an accomplished electric guitarist but due to his modesty he never really showed anyone just how good he was.
Chris was a keen photographer and loved making videos when on holiday in Norfolk, Devon or the lake District. He loved going up the mountains and taking photos of the views, he also loved going to Steam Rallies and making videos which he would share via YouTube.
Chris also took a great interest in the progress of his niece and nephew, Nikki and Patrick as their life unfolded, he was very proud of their achievements from school, university, and employment, checking Nikki’s progress as a scientist in Canada and very disapproving of Patrick’s long holidays as a teacher at sixth form college in Northwich.
Chris was a great Son, brother and uncle and will remain forever in his families hearts.
He passed away suddenly on 25th May 2023 aged 58. His funeral service and life celebration took place at Birches Crematorium on Thursday 8th May 2023 and was conducted by Civil Celebrant Jill Young.
Chris was taken into the chapel accompanied by ‘November Rain’ by Guns and Roses. Chris’s red electric guitar was placed in front of the Catafalque, reminding everyone of both is talent and also love of great music.
Jill welcomed everyone to the service and acknowledged the people watching via the live streamed web cast. In a simple service, she read Chris’s eulogy and then introduced a slide show montage video accompanied with ‘Catch the Rainbow’ by Rainbow. She then led the mourners in a moment of reflection as attendees listened to one of Chris’s favourite pieces of music ‘Tom Sawyer’ by Rush. As the service ended, the mourners were invited to file past Chris’s coffin listening to ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Motley Crue. The family had a final few moments alone with Chris, before each placing a red rose on his coffin.
Following the service, everyone was invited to stay at Birches for refreshments, and to catch up and share memories. A playlist of some of Chris’s favourite songs played quietly in the background. The list included tracks from The Scorpions, Hawkwind, Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, AC/DC, Yes, Motley Crue, Toto, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Rush.
It was a true celebration of a great life, well lived.
Donations in lieu of flowers were collected and gifted towards the work of The British Heart Foundation.
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