Christopher S. Corby

November 8th, 2015

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.


27 Entries in Guest Book for “Christopher S. Corby”

  1. Susan Ryder GONSALVES / FRANK LEVY says:

    so Many Memories , he will be Missed …. Love Sue and Frank

  2. Joanne Reynolds says:

    Aunt Janice and Uncle Bob i am deaply saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. He was such a great soul and will be greatly missed. He lives his life the way he wanted and never let anything hold him back. May god rest his soul. Much love to you.

  3. Pamela R Barron says:

    RIP, Corby. You will be missed.

  4. Carol (Nitchie)McGee says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. I remember him from high school. Peace to your family during your time of grieving.

  5. The Cadigan Family says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  6. Valerie Comeau says:

    My sincere condolences go to Robert and Janice Corby in the loss of your son Chris. Such a sweet man and gentle soul, He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. RIP Chris. Sincerely, Valerie

  7. Janice Lapham says:

    So sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. My families condolances are with the

  8. Louis Nocca says:

    To the Corby family, i as well as all of the members of The East Coast Camaro Club are deeply sadend for your loss of Chris. He was well liked, was always happy to talk with you and interact with topics on the Camaro. The last time i saw Chris was at the School House Ice Cream Cruise in Burlington this past spring. He just loved talking cars and his blue 5th gen camaro. He will be missed !!!! LOUIS

  9. Judith Watson says:

    No words can express his loss – none! I worked with Chris for many years. He was a hard worker, but more importantly, he was a great guy! He would hear something funny from his cube, and he couldn’t help himself but chuckle out loud. Did Chris love cars? YES, without question! I told him he really needed to paint his car hood the same color as the rest of the car. He laughed so hard, then explained why it was like that. He never made me feel stupid, so I had to laugh too. Chris was intellegent and sensitive all at the same time. I remember when he visited Puerto Rico for a wedding… was he was thrilled? YES! I believe Chris lived his life to the fullest. He considered himself lucky in many ways, and he liked who he was. To the entire Corby family, please accept my deepest sympathy. Another agel in heaven…

  10. Tara Fitzgerald says:

    I am so very saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. (I was about to call him again today to see how it was going.) I will miss him. My most heartfelt sympathies to everyone in his family.

  11. Bob + pat kelly says:

    To the Corby family, we are very saddened to hear of the loss of your son and brother. Brought back memories from years ago within the sports of Wilmington. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Bob, Pat, Chris and Shaun Kelly

  12. Priscilla Savlen says:

    Chris you have so kind to us all, also the Rock to your Mom and Dad. Wished I could have raced with you in your car, maybe in the next life.

  13. Bob Gage says:

    Bob, Janice, Steve, and Billy my sincere sympathy to all in Chris’s passing.
    God bless Chris, as he enjoyed every minute of life. He was a solider, who
    never gave up . Veteran’s day will have a special meaning to all of us who
    knew him, and the battles he fought.

  14. geraldine bertoni says:

    so sorry for your loss he;s with /god and at peace

  15. Rose Len says:

    Chris was always energetic about whatever subject matter was at hand — sports, cars, his family and friends, work… We’re all going to miss you and your sense of humor, Chris. Pray for us in Heaven; you’re in our minds and hearts here on earth.

    My deepest condolences to Chris’ family. You are in my prayers.

  16. Lori Pinkham says:

    Colby family,
    So sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. May the loving memories of him bring you peace during this difficult time.

  17. James Gleason says:

    I will always remember Chris’ sincerity, and kind heart. Hoping for peace, and grace for his family and dear friends.

  18. Karen Lucey says:

    This is still so hard to digest. It was always such a pleasure to see Chris. He was always upbeat and funny, incredibly smart and had a heart of gold. He never let the challenges thrown his way get him down. I will always remember having him as a baby stay with us. I’m grateful to have had quality time with him this past June and in August. I will cherish all those memories. He will be sorely missed.

  19. Lisa Tibbets (Hawkins) says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Brian Dellascio says:

    Chris, my friend, you will be missed terribly. You were always such a gentle soul and always had a smile on your face whenever I saw you. I hope that you are at peace, away from the many challenges you’ve been faced with, and knowing how many lives you brightened with your smile. Rest in peace

  21. mark leblanc says:

    dear janice and bob, janis and i are extremely saddened to hear of chris’s passing. he was a great guy and i will always remember our many long conversations together. the topic of wich didn’t matter, he was well versed in any topic and just a good man to be around. he surely will be missed and in our prayers.

  22. Carol and John Lamattina says:

    The Things We Remember About Chris
    The joy he brought to us.
    At one month old, smiling back at us.
    At one month old, sleeping through the night.
    Our children running home from school to get to hold the baby.
    His great sense of humor as a young man.
    His intelligence in what he added to conversation.
    It was an honor and a privilege to have had him in our lives.
    We will love you forever

  23. Joan & Dave McLaughlin says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  24. Ashley Infussi says:

    I’m awful sorry to hear about the passing of Chris. My condolences and prayers are with his family and close friendsfriends. I met Chris through my cousin Brion and I will never forget his smile and amazing Personality. Rest In Peace Chris. Till We Meet Again.

  25. George Giroux says:

    Chris was not only a friend but a Camaro Comrade. Cars and Cars were his thing and of course he beautiful Blue 5th Gen. Chris was always there with a smile and a helping hand. Chris will be missed but NOT forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
    George Giroux
    President, East Coast Camaro Club

  26. Rachel Gallant-Selig says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this loss. Chris was a great co-worker to me. I will never forget our car talks about which car he would drive in depending on the weather. Boy did that Camaro bring joy to him. He was always looking forward to something, a vacation, a game, a club meet, his mothers brownies, etc. I know that his short life was full of joy, but I am deeply sorry and hope that the wonderful memories of Chris live on and comfort you forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones…

  27. Marilyn (Mal) Lage says:

    Dear Aunt Janice, Uncle Bob, Bill & Steven,
    I was very sad when Chris passed away. Somehow I thought he would beat the odds, & get the heart he so desperately needed. Obviously, God needs Chris more. I will remember him always, & know that he is now another angel looking over all of us. I hope you find peace & comfort in knowing that, & in how many lives he touched. Love to you all. Cousin Mal

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