Ireland, Christopher passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2002. Born in Torrance, Christoper was 16 when he died. He was a West High Student where he was Pit Captain of the West High Marching Band. Survived by his Parents, Tom and Donna Ireland; Sister, Heather and Brother, Kevin of Torrance . Grandparents, John and Doris Kinsley of San Ramon. Visitation will be Friday 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the White & Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. Interment will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cardiothoracic Transplant Fund,% Evelyn Shu, Cystic Fibrosis Center, CHLA, 4650 Sunset Blvd Mailstop #127, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

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  1. We wish to express our heartfelt symphathy to your family from ours. Please know that there are many in the St. James community who are praying for your family during this most difficult time. All our best to you. Nancy and Jack Clarke

  2. I knew of Christopher when I was a Respiratory Therapist for Lincare. The Lord blessed me and allowed me to meet him as a driving instructor(Southbay driving school). We had fun touring the Southbay sharing hopes for the future and present. He was a special person and I am saddened to find out that he will not brighten our lives here. How special that he was able to travel play in the Band and learn to drive. I look forward to meeting him when Jesus comes. My prayers for his family ascend daily since I learned of Christopher\’s Home going.He is free now my Heart aches ,but he is well.

  3. Chris was a DEAR friend. We were in band together. I was his PIT captain. I taught him so much and he became 20 times (if not more) better than I could ever be. He was never unhappy. He was always trying to make me smile. We were inseperable for that time of me being his PIT captain. We grew very close. We called each other brother and sister we were so close. I will NEVER forget the times that we spent together. I will ALWAYS love and keep him in my heart. To the Ireland family: I love you all very much. You are a strong family. Take care. Chris will ALWAYS be with you in your hearts and memories. I will keep in touch!

  4. Chris and I met in Mrs Dulaney\’s French 2 Class, and for just about a year he was my partner in most of the projects we\’d have.. He always made me laugh, even when I didnt want to, and I knew that I could always turn to him when I was down and he would let me cry on his shoulder a bit. My favorite memory of him was when he and I had our Count of Montecristo project.. We had to kinda act out stuff, and take pictures and post them on a poster board. Well, Chris was our star, and his prop was a little bow and arrow that his mom made for him.. He was eccstatic when he realised that it really worked, and he ran around shootin at everything! He was especially happy when he got the arrow into a crack in the ground 🙂 I\’ll miss him… I\’ll miss the jokes he used to make, and the way he\’d look after he made a joke and was trying to hide it from the teacher.. I\’ll miss how even his ears would blush if you\’d tease him. He was really a great friend, and I\’ll never ever forget him and the way he touched my life. “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” Alyse J Mayer

  5. I had the joy of learning about Chris from my fiance way before I got to meet him. From her description he was an out-going, yet fragile thing that she mothered like one of her own. Then I got the chance to meet the smallest member of my fiance\’s high school family. I immediately knew why she wanted to care for him – his smile from ear to ear and a warm, gentle hug made me want to take him under my wing. I was suprised by the strength that he showed in spite of constant infirmity… something that I greatly respect him for, that and the fact that he had Ballon Bouncers at the reception. Now in honor of him… smile and go play outside!!!

  6. I met Chris when I was a senior in Highschool. We were in pit together. Instantly, we became very close friends. I was always reminding him to take his medicine and wear a jacket, so, he began to call me his “other momma,” and a small group of teenagers managed to make a family for those long band competitions that kept us from home. Chris touched me in a way that no one else has ever been able to. He showed me that when you know that things will get worse, you shouldn\’t be depressed about it. Instead, you should reach out and embrace life even more, because those memories will help you through upcoming trials. As someone who has always had the light at the end of the tunnel to anticipate, I can\’t help but have the highest respect and admiration for Chris, who walked into the darkness and did it with a smile on his face. He brought joy to so many individuals, that I can\’t even think of him as gone, but shining through all of us who loved him. Chris was one of my dearest friends. Mr. and Mrs. Ireland (and family), please accept two things from me. I give you my deepest sympathy for your pain, and, I want you to know how grateful I am to you. Because of you, Chris was able to bring joy to a small corner of the world, making it a little nicer to go through our day. Please know that I will be in touch.

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