Nancy Dimter (Messick)
Chris and I remained friends after leaving Council Rock, attending Bloomsburg together, both of us aspiring to become teachers. We even crossed paths again years later, teaching in the same school district. During our Freshman year we ate dinner together every night, along with the same group of eight friends. Chris's cousin Bill was also there and I enjoyed getting to know him and admired their close relationship.
When Chris's children were teenagers I ran into him with his family at an antique show and his pride in his children was evident as he insisted that I wait while he found them and introduced me.
I'll miss him as our class gets together, but it's nice to have good memories of a happy time in our lives.
Barb Jerrom (Topham)
Thank you, Nancy, for your kind and revealing words about Chris. He was so popular during high school that we all felt like we knew him. How nice to know a glimpse of what he was like after graduation and how proud he was of his family. Chris will be missed.
Patrice (Pat) Neely (Kindle)
Nancy, Thank you for posting the informatin about Chris Tomlinson. I was in Richboro Elementary School with him, and then CR. I remember him as a kind person. Pat Neely Kindle
At Richboro elementary he would always win when we played run-sheep-run at recess.
I grew up with Chris and he was one of my first playmates. We where great friends through Richboro, CR and stayed in touch as we began our teaching careers. Chris for many years worked on the Ocean City Boardwalk in the summer and both our families spent time together. There are some interesting stories from those days in O. C. Chris was a natural leader, a valuable friend and a loyal, dedicated family man. He is missed.
I considered Chris one of my best friends.There were so many great times that we had together. Chris,Joe Weber and I would go out on triple dates. We would sing on our way to our destination [usally bowling] and back. At the first deep snow we always had our annual snow football game at Rick Fruechtnecht's home. Ray Dolton always attended the game. We also had many outings to Ocean City every summer. Chris loved Chrissy very much. I Think of Chris and Joe often and miss being able to contact them.
Chris was a year older than me, our parents knew each other, Aunt Dottie and Uncle Harry. We spent alot of time together. Roller skating with the skates that went over your shoe and had a key. lol We went sledding down Gravel Hill Road, then Busleton Pike, one of us would watch for cars. 'We' included Ray Dalton, both my brothers, Ricky F., and Carl at the lower corner of Busleton Pike.
I was at his house when Tommy ruined all his paper air planes he had hung up, boy did Tommy get in trouble when Aunt Dottie got home. She was pregnant with Jeff at the time.
I could write a book from that age till after I married and then divorced. He actually stopped one night to see how I was doing with my 2 pre-schoolers.
I believe I was the sister he never had! We truly did love each other through all those years. Going to his memorial service was the hardest thing I've ever had to do!