Visitation at Funeral Home
It was a honor to wear the same uniform that you did. You are relived sir, we have the watch.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to your family. It has been our privilege to assist you during this very difficult time. If there is anything further we can do we are here for you.
Lou Pillari & Staff
“Does Anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?”
A question posed by Gordon Lightfoot in the Ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald,rhetorical I imagine, so I’m not going to attempt to answer it here.
Chris and I talked a lot about that line when offshore in questionable weather,a place we found ourselves more often than not due to our shared obsession. If you think about the intent behind that question it acknowledges the great stress placed on seafarers in jeopardy and how the individual experiences a stretching of time.
Diagnosed 18 months ago we found ourselves referring back to it more often even while our feet were dry.
This elasticity of time can be a benefit… and although time seemed to go slower with us and those around my brother in the waning months of his life; it was an effect (albeit speckled with great stress and sorrow at times) for which I am grateful.
There is little I could ask to have happened differently in the past year and a half outside of the lack of that “miracle” all wind up praying to God over for some reason at some point in their lives.
As he had lived his entire life, Chris departed from that life as the graceful warrior he always was.
There are too many stories to tell, too many accolades deserving mention, and no shortage of “he was a pain in the ass” commentary either. I leave the storyteling to all of you, as the tall tales seem to have begun even before he left us, bigger than life itself, some showing the warrior mentality,some the pain in the ass side (surely a hereditary trait) but most talking of the truly selfless man my brother was, and the indomitable optimism that he spread like wildfire with which he enveloped more than a few hearts and souls during his life.
I don’t know where the Love of God goes when such a stress and fear of impending doom arises in one’s life, described so aptly as the waves turning minutes to hours.
I leave that ponderance to the individual.
I do know where the Love of Family and True Friendship goes, it rises from the depths of despair and envelopes the seafarer completely, wholly, and without hesitation or inhibition.
It turns the dreaded slowing of the hourglass into an unexpected gift and manifests itself in an unbroken chain of individuals guiding him back to shore.
All of you, and so many more are part of that chain… and I thank you on behalf of our family and my brother for standing together inexorably linked and providing him that safe passage.
To my brother Chris…
Fair Winds and Following Seas Brother.
RIP Chris - you where a great man!!!
Chris was one of those rare individuals who you meet and feel like you've known him all your life. Kind hearted and smart, he was a pleasure to work with. He was creative and full of enthusiasm. I considered him more as a friend than business colleague.
I'm so sad to hear of his passing. I wish I could have spent more time with him. I'm sure everyone feels the same in that regard, but I'm thankful to have known Chris. He was a special man.
My prayers go out to his family and friends. May God's grace be with you in this difficult time.
No words can describe our sorrow. We are so sorry for your loss. Chris was a good man & Friend. May he Rest In Peace and his memory be everlasting.
Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.
Athena, Ted & GeorgeEeqTn
Words cannot describe how sad I am about hearing about Chris’ passing. Tim, your buddy, your Abbott to your Costello. I have such fond memories of Chris...as a teenager seeing him come home in his brown bomber coat. He left for a while and then returned with this beautiful baby, Allanah. He cherished her. He was a spectacular father who was so proud of her and all her accomplishments as a fine young woman. Allanah, he was so so proud of you. His face would light up when he spoke about you, always.
Chris, you were an officer and a gentleman. You were extremely intelligent, generous and so kind. Your humor was unmatched. When you and Timmy were together, I knew I was in trouble..the laughs I had, can never be replaced. Chris your sweetness, loving heart and positive attitude will be missed so much by me...our long talks about life will be forever cherished...You never forgot a thing I said to you. My condolences to Tim,John,Allanah and Donna. Rest In Peace, Chris as God has called you home. Ceol na Gael and Ta’la’iontach.....
We are so brokenhearted. He was a best friend to Richard, what a gift to have had their tight bond since high school. I remember hanging with him at the beach when Richard and I first met, I couldn't believe how hilariously funny he was with these one liners, and oh so sweet too.
Our daughter and I loved hearing all the stories of their "shenanigans." Am sure they cleaned it up and made them PG for Kayla's sake but we would laugh out loud at these stories that seemed never ending!
Kayla always knew when her Dad was talking to her Uncle Chris aka "Fruitloops" or "Uncle Jerky" as he was fondly called. Richard would have this undeniable grin and would start chuckling over something he said.
His care was always so deeply appreciated. Chris was always asking about Kayla and in turn, we were always asking about Alannah. He was so proud of and was so devoted to her. What a beautiful, smart, sweet young lady she is and we are so proud of her too.
His great sense of humor and zest for life were only overshadowed by his big, giant heart.
We love you with our whole hearts Chris. Our hearts and prayers are with you Alannah, John, Timmy, the entire family.
May God hold you all in the palm of his hands and give you a peace and comfort that can only come from him.
Chris was the kindest person.. I met him at my local train station for a meeting and he asked me if it was ok to drop off a poor person he met on the train!
He was the best at new ideas and I will miss our brainstorming calls....
Brogs was one in a million and I was fortunate to call him a friend! His love of life, high energy and fun loving personality drew you in. AOCS, the house we rented with Fitz in P'cola, then Coronado and the condo La Jolla were some of the best times of my life and Chris was right in the middle of all of it. When we last spoke 10 years ago, I told him Windy and I just had a daughter who we named Rogan. His response was typical Brogs, "what, you couldn't find a B in there somewhere"?
John, Tim and Alannah my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to you all, Brogs was one of the best.
Until we meet again old friend, love and respect.
I just received word of Chris passing from Dennis “Fitz” . My deepest sympathies go out to the Brogan family. Personally, I know in the brief friendship I had with Chris that there are numerous memories of his great personality.
Chris had that warrior spirit from the beginning as an Officer Candidate vying for life in the throws of Naval Aviation. Wether it was excelling in everyday life in the various aspects of training, or just a friendly pickup basketball game, Chris left no doubt as to being a contender, not a pretender! In fact I believe it was his “tempo” in basketball that teammates dubbed him “Bone Crusher”!
My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Kitty and I send our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the entire Brogan family and to Alannah as well. The world has lost one of the best. Chris had so much energy and joy for living it was infectious. He was kind and considerate and fiercely loyal to friends and family. There was no one I would ever have had in my corner- Chris would literally give you the shirt off of his back or his last dollar if you needed it.
We had so much (probably too much) fun in the early days of our Navy careers in Pensacola, Beeville, Coronado and La Jolla. There was never a dull moment if you were hanging around with Chris but the best part about being around Chris was that he really cared.
It was a very sad moment when I got a hold of Tim to learn of Chris' passing but in a matter of minutes, we were both laughing out loud reliving some Chris stories. It was the same with all of the Navy buddies I got a hold of; a few moments of sadness and then the stories. He had a joy for life that was unmatched. We will miss him in our lives. I was proud to call him a friend. Cheers to you Chris- I will be toasting you with a cold Bud- just like old times my friend. Love Fitz and Kitty
I was so sorry to hear about Chris, my condolences to the Brogan family. I have such wonderful memories of Chris while we were growing up and I was always at the house with Donna. There were many late Saturday evenings in the Brogan kitchen watching Saturday Night Live. I also clearly remember hearing the station wagon racing up Manhasset Woods Rd on summer evenings - the noise was very distinctive (was usually Chris but sometimes John). There were also several trips, Ingelsides Farm, FL, etc. I will always be grateful to the Brogan family for treating me like part of the family. Chris was always wonderful to me and I will always remember him with love.
Deepest condolences to the Brogan family. Chris was so amazing man who had an awesome vision. May the love of God enfold your family doing this time of loss and for years to come. May we all find some comfort in the wonderful memories we have of Chris.
May you rest in peace, Chris. I have nice memories of you from our Holy Child days. My sincere condolences to the Brogan family.
RIP dear Chris. A great mind and kind friend. You will be greatly missed. My.condolences to Tim and the whole family.
Rest In Peace my childhood friend. The memories of Growing up with you at Holy Child, Plainview and Manhasset will always stay with me. God bless you and your family
My deepest condolences go out to the Brogan family. Chris was generous soul who always made me and my family feel welcome. I cant believe he is no longer with us....... he truly will be missed
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Chris. We knew he had been sick, we haven't seen him at Wall's when we come up from SC, now it won't be the same not seeing him there with Tim and Rosie. Such a great guy, smiling, happy, always asking about Kristina, how she is doing. May he rest in peace, he will be missed.
I knew him briefly but he made a big impression; a bright light, full of life and energy. I am happy to have him as part of my memories.
RIP Chris. Remember fondly days from Holy Child. AMDG , Jarett Wait
R.I.P. Chris. Fond memories of our Holy Child/Buckley days. See you some day again my friend. Herbie35n
He was a kind soul!! Always ask about my kids and always willing to help !! So sorry for your loss !!!
Rest in Peace Chris xoxo
You have been a friend since the moment we met. It was a honor to wear the same uniform.
Dear John, Tim, Donna, Alannah and all that knew Chris-
I had the privilege of being very close to Chris for a few short years... we had many great times along with great times with the family... you all should know I feel that he was probably the kindest man I know. We had many great memories I will never ever forget... with deepest sympathy during this most difficult time... my thoughts and prayers are with you..
With much love and memories-
Dear John, Donna and Timmy,
With love and friendship, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know I speak for many when I say how much Chris was loved and truly valued as a friend. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
XOXO Kerry ❤
The crew will never be the same.
You'll be sorely missed.
xxoo The Corcoran family
I am very sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. We went through flight training years ago in Beeville Texas. Chris was a great guy, generous and gracious, and lots of fun to be around. I am grateful that I knew him and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. God Bless.
My condolences to my dear brothers John and Tim, my sister Donna and of course dear Alannah. So sorry to see my brother Chris go so young.
With deepest sympathies for your loss
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