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The Life of Christopher G. Brown

BROWN CHRISTOPHER GALT BROWN, 43, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home on November 19, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife Leslie Lebit Brown; his daughter Gillian, and son, Edward "Ted." Chris is also survived by his parents, Stephen and Lesley Brown; mother-in-law Barbara Lebit (Edward, deceased); grandmother Helen Galt (Thomas, deceased); siblings Hilary Santoni (David), Michael Brown (Danielle), Rebecca Brown; and sister-in-law Lynn Hardacre (Jon); and nieces and nephews Michael, Nicola and Lily Santoni, Liam and Henry Brown, and Riley and Evan Hardacre. Chris was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and graduated from University School in Hunting Valley, OH, where he starred on the varsity golf and tennis teams. He was a tall man, like his grandfather, in both physical presence and character. At US, he excelled academically and artistically, earning Cum Laude recognition and an Ohio Governor''s Award for his ceramics. He continued to excel at Queen''s University, where he solidified lifelong bonds with friends, many of whom he had grown up with during summers in Metis Beach, Quebec. In the years after Queen''s, Chris returned to Cleveland, where he met and married the love of his life, Leslie Lebit. He and Leslie moved to Cambridge, MA, so that Chris could pursue his MBA at MIT''s Sloan School of Management. Returning to Cleveland, Chris brought his considerable acumen to Cardinal Commerce as Chief Financial Officer. He and Leslie welcomed two beautiful children, Gillian and Ted. Chris was completely devoted to his children, and especially enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking and playing tennis with them. Chris prioritized his childrens'' and Leslie''s needs before his own and was relied on as the pragmatic leader and role model for all within the extended family. An accomplished outdoorsman, hunter, gardener, and chef, Chris was known especially for his kindness, ethical standards, sharp intellect, reliability in tough situations, and his expert marksmanship on the skeet range. His family and friends will miss his even-tempered nature, quick wit, rock-solid support, advice, and steadfast love and loyalty. A service will be held on Sunday, November 24 at 2 pm at the Federated Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, to honor and celebrate Christopher''s life. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History or a charity of your choosing.

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