August 6, 1954 ~ May 12, 2008
Chris made his transition at home in Redondo Beach on Monday, May 12, 2008 with his loving girlfriend, Valerie Colin and his cousin, Deborah Patton by his side. His mother, Virginia Borg-Stidham of Lawndale, CA had visited the day before and his dear friend, Bill Lloyd of Las Vegas, earlier in the day. Chris and Valerie had reconnected and been together the last 8 years, but had known each other since 1972.
Chris was born on August 6, 1954 in Beaumont, TX to mother Virginia and father Bill Carter of Texas. His father was a recording and performing musician.
He moved to Redondo Beach, California as a baby and grew up in Redondo until the age of 13, when he moved to Santa Monica.
Chris traveled extensively throughout the world while working in show business from 1977-1995. He had done productions of live stage shows and television as well as runway modeling and commercials with his good looks. From 1995-2000 he was a part owner and operator of 2 antique stores in Laguna Beach.
In 2001 he began working in the art restoration business as manager of the largest art restoration company in the United States, Pick up the Pieces, in Costa Mesa, CA. He was loved and revered by his coworkers and customers for his wit, charm and superior customer service. He continued to work there until December of 2007 when he became ill.
Chris had once again lived in Redondo Beach since 2001. Besides his girlfriend Valerie, mother Ginger (Virginia) and cousin Deborah, he is also survived by his favorite aunt Monte McElroy of Redondo Beach who helped raise him, and cousins' Tim, Sandy, Michael and Kyle McElroy of Palos Verdes. He had many friends and he touched all those that he new with his charm and generosity, wit and humor and love of beauty in art and nature. He regularly attended Redondo Beach Church of Religious Science where his memorial was held on June 1, 2008.
He lived a very full life and fought hard until the end to stay with us and will be greatly missed by all.
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