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REIMER, Christopher John Joseph

January 19, 1986 – February 21, 2012

Chris passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep at his home on the morning of Tuesday, February 21, 2012 of a possible heart condition.

He was a talented, adventurous and curious musician and composer whose talent was buttressed by generosity, compassion, empathy, gentleness and modesty. Chris was unwaveringly dedicated to his family and friends. An old soul with an acerbic wit and a twinkle in his eye, his talents also included drawing, writing, photography and entertaining his friends with such antics as his innovative and accurate Bill Cosby impression. Born and raised in Calgary, Chris was close to immediate and extended family. He showed an early interest in music and performance. His career began as a member of the Yalenka Ukrainian dance company at the age of three and Youth Dance Unlimited at the age of ten. Chris started playing guitar at the age of eight and drums at the age of twelve; he played in concert and jazz bands in junior high and high school, and also began working musically with other like-minded friends in junior high. This early ‘jamming’ led to the formation of a number of bands. Chris’ love of music was all-encompassing and his musical ear was a genetic gift from his father and from uncles on both sides of his mother’s family, as well as something that he honed himself. His creative outlets included designing and building affects pedals, recording and producing other groups and creating his own music. In addition to guitar and drums, he also played cello, bass and piano. He was a member of the bands Veritas, Beneath These Idle Tides, Azeda Booth, Women and Gold. He also played with San Francisco’s The Dodos. Chris also developed a body of compositions of ambient music; friends hope to produce and release this music in the coming months.
Touring and performing took him across Canada, the United States, and many countries in Europe playing in venues including the Prima Vera Festival, SXSW Festival, Sled Island Festival, the CMJ Music Marathon and, in November 2011, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, in which he appeared with Neko Case and The Dodos. Chris’ defining personal characteristic was his gentle and giving nature which is most strikingly evidenced by his choice to care for his grandmother Anne Cherwoniak’s physical and emotional health during the two years leading up to her death from ALS. He would lift her spirits, move and feed her, and was present at her last moments. In the past year and a half, Chris received much love and support from his girlfriend Rena Kozak. They were musically and emotionally connected and made a great team.

Chris will be lovingly missed by his parents Tim and Joanne Reimer, his sister Nikki Reimer and his brother-in-law Jonathon Wilcke, his girlfriend Rena Kozak, grandmother Vera Frey, numerable extended family and friends.

Chris was predeceased by his grandparents Joseph and Anne Cherwoniak.

The celebration of Christopher’s life will be held at Knox United Church (506 – 4th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Forward condolences through The family is planning to set up either a music scholarship or bursary in his name; details will be announced on the memorial blog once it is ready. In lieu of flowers, donations for this fund may be made directly to Tim Reimer.

In living memory of Chris Reimer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Jo, Tim & Nikki
    May you find peace in remembering the joy that Chris has brought to your lives. May you find your hearts opening to the love being offered you. May you all be well.

  2. Tim, Joanne & Nikki

  3. Joanne, Tim & Nikki and to your entire family. I just want to say how very sorry I am for your loss. I wish I could be with you at this time but I am afraid work keeps me from that. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Please take good care of each other. All my Love Kathy

  4. Joanne and family, I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I remember Anne and your family from Father Lacombe and how kind and thoughtful Chris was. Please know that I am thinking of you.

  5. Sandra Inman and Bill Inman :

    The Inman family sends our deepest sympathies at your loss and to let you know our prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Tim – we were so very sorry to hear about Chris – please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. We did not know Chris but it sounds like he was an amazing individual, lived life to the fullest and was loved and respected by many. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    John and Sharon Stayura, Victoria, B.C.

  7. Bev, and Peter Malenica :

    Dear Joanne, Tim and Nikki,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this extremely difficult time. It deeply saddened us to hear about the loss of your beloved Chris. In such a short time he touched the lives of many people and will always be remembered with such fondness.

    Bev, Peter, Sharlene and Carmen Malenica

  8. Dear Joanne Tim and Nikki, My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this tragic time of loss,

  9. Dear Joanne, Tim, and Nikki
    I am so very sad. My deepest condolences. Chris was one of my most special friends, and he will be felt in so many hearts for so many years to come. It’s the worst thing in the world, but it just makes it startlingly clear that the mark he made was one that inspired love and admiration. I am so sorry for your terrible loss.


  10. Oh Jo and Tim! I just now learned of Chris’s passing and am in shock. I cannot find the words to express my condolences sufficiently. My dad died the same day so I am abit of a mess myself right now. But to loose your son…I cannot even imagine…My heart goes out to you and your family with love. Kathy Hale

  11. Marquita Poulson :

    Dear Jo,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. God’s blessings,
    Calgary Artist’s Society

  12. Dear Jo and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.May God grant you strength and courage!

  13. Dillon & Sharon :

    Dear Jo and Family:
    We were so very sorry to hear about your loss, please accept our deepest sympathies for your and your family. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  14. Dear Jo,
    I am so saddened to hear this news and pray the you will experience peace and be held up through this time of terrible grief by the prayers and caring hearts of all those who know and love you and your son Chris.

  15. Dear Jo, Tim, Nikki and all Chris’s family and loved ones,

    I am writing this in England during Chris’s service in Calgary, thinking of you all with love as you celebrate Chris’s life. May you feel held and consoled by the outpouring of love surrounding you, and may you feel Chris’s spirit with you always.

  16. Shirley Goodfellow :

    Dear Jo
    I just want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

  17. Dear Joanne, Tim and Nikki,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Take care.

  18. Sharon Wozniak :

    Dear Joanne, Tim, Nikki and Rena
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this incredibly sad time. Joanne, I have not seen you or Chris for many years, but remember him as a wonderful boy/teen at St. Jude and St. Stephen schools. My daughter Sarah and son John really enjoyed his music. I can see that Chris touched many lives, he was very talented and loved by all. Deepest sympathy.

  19. Cathy Curley :

    There are no words that can express how deeply sorry I am for you guys…it’s just too difficult to comprehend what you are going through…but please know that my heart breaks for all of you.
    Take care,

  20. Teresa Hoffert :

    Dear Tim and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I never met your son but feel such a sadness for you. Now being a parent I understand how deep a love for a child runs.
    Teresa (MGJ)

  21. Rick and Rite Schultz :

    Dear Tim, Joanne and Nikki
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

    Rick & Rite Schultz

  22. Joe, Ute, Justine and Calvin Mc Ilhargey from Germany :

    To the Family Reimers Nikki, Joanne, Tim as well as Rena Kozak,

    We wish to send our sincerest condolences to the sudden loss of Chris.
    We wish to be with you and comfort you all. We will be praying for you all.

    God bless

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