Christopher S. Corby, “Chris”, age 39, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on November 7, 2015, at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Following a successful battle against Leukemia as a toddler, he fought long and hard against the after effects of the treatment, which resulted in significant damage to his heart.
Chris was born on February 10, 1976, in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of Robert A. and Janice M. (Ryder) Corby. Chris was raised and educated in Wilmington, attended Cub Scouts, played youth soccer, baseball and basketball. A graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1994, Chris went on to further his education at Middlesex Community College where he studied accounting and business and earned his Associates Degree.
Although Chris had many medical challenges throughout his life it did not stop him from being very active; for several years he worked at Star Market in North Reading, he also worked at McDonald’s in North Reading and Brothers Pizza in Wilmington, he volunteered for the Chamber of Commerce in Burlington, and worked for the FAA as an administrative assistant and went on to be involved in working for the Freedom of Information Act.
Chris was also an active member of the East Coast Camaro Club; a wonderful organization that sponsored various car shows and fund raisers that supported many charities including the Make A Wish Foundation and the New Hampshire Hospice. These events were always done on a volunteer basis and Chris shared freely his time and talents for others.
Chris was a “car fanatic”, he was always looking to make cars better and faster; he had great auto mechanic skills and spent many hours with his brother and other friends working on cars. Chris’ 2010 Aqua Blue Metallic Camaro was his “baby” and before that he treasured his Maxima. Chris loved to spend countless hours on his cars and drag race with his friends at New England Drag Way.
In his spare time, Chris enjoyed going to Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Las Vegas and Disney World with his family and friends. He looked forward to watching wrestling, golfing, and attending baseball games with his brothers. Chris had a special bond with his family and extended family but most of all with his parents who never wavered in their love and support for him. Chris always faced adversity with courage, strength, and a great smile. He was truly a pleasure to be around. Chris was always very sweet, kind, and generous of his time with others and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Chris was the cherished son of Robert A. and Janice M. (Ryder) Corby of Wilmington, beloved brother of William J. Petersen, Jr. & his wife Renee of Wakefield and Steven F. Corby & his wife Patricia of Wilmington. Loving Uncle of William J. III & his wife Kelly, Samantha R., & Nicholas S. Petersen, and Jennifer N. & Katherine P. Corby. Chris is also survived by his aunt whom he considered a “second mother” Carol Lamattina, as well as many other dear aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, November 12th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 11th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Christopher’s name may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.