Obituaries

Christopher James Bishop

October 8, 1982 - February 28, 2020

Our dear Christopher James Bishop, 37, made his transition before the sun rose on Friday, February 28, 2020. He was surrounded by his family: mother, Mary; father, Jim; younger sister, Jennifer; younger brother, Alexander. After an unexpected non-heart-attack cardiac arrest, there were epic complications that Christopher fought so incredibly hard to overcome. The battle no longer consumes him, and he is now at peace.

Christopher had the kind of brain power that people typically just hear about; he could read something once and remember it for seemingly-forever, he could look at a bunch of components and easily see how they all go together, and he could imagine possibilities that even science and technology hadn't caught up to yet. A voracious reader, he truly was like a human encyclopedia: no matter the topic of conversation, he always seemed to have something to contribute. It was amazing to witness.

On his way to becoming certified as a Porsche mechanic, Christopher was following his dream to be a member of a Porsche racing team's crew. Passionate about cars from the early age of 3, Chris was always on the forefront of wanting to learn everything there was to know about them; he not only appreciated cars (and planes) from a distance -- he strived to truly understand them. Any racing crew would have been incredibly lucky to have Christopher's heart & brainpower behind their speed & horsepower.

Our dear Christopher was a man ahead of his time: coming up with ideas that technology had not-yet-been-invented to support, and being an incredibly gentle soul in a world that constantly tries to equate being gentle with being weak. The battles my big brother fought throughout his life illustrate a kind of strength that leaves me utterly awestruck. Getting to be his little sister has made me a better human being.

Funeral services for this beautiful soul will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M., followed by Mass at 11:00 A.M.   Immediately afterwards, there will be a luncheon on the church property; we thank the team at St. Patrick's for coordinating such nourishment.

While Christopher's abilities to help others in pain or in need have been muted, we invite you to consider allowing your own to be broadcasted; by making a contribution in Christopher's name to any charity, cause, or organization that resonates with you -- we can continue to embrace who he truly was and what he truly was about.

Guest Book

  • Ed & Betty Sehr Jim, Mary, Jennifer and Alex, we are very sorry about your tremendous loss. Our prayers are with you that the Lord will give you strength, comfort and peace and that his grace will cover you all.
  • Joseph Mahnke My condolences for your loss, cousins. I'm so sorry for your loss.
  • Lois Garbacz Jim and Mary, Jennifer and Alexander - the sadness of losing Christopher will remain for a time. I know the comfort of God can be a balm. Answers to questions may not come but I hope His nearness fills the empty place you have now in your heart. May His peace and love fill you and overcome your grief.
  • Michael Sebastiani Christopher, A wonderful nephew!! Please accept a multitude of prayers I offer for your intentions, and the Mass held at St James Cathedral this last Sunday. Hundreds of people have prayed for the healing and now Repose of Dear Christopher’s soul; these prayers come to you Jim, Mary (Twin), Jennifer and Alexander now with no ending date set. My heart breaks for your loss, and suffering đź’”. May God comfort your hearts. In my prayers and always loved.
  • Debbie and Wolf Josenhans Jim and Mary: We are so sorry for your loss. I cannot think of anything I fear more than burying one of children before we are. Knowing they'd be waiting for us in Heaven would be only a small condolence. It must hurt greatly. We share your grief, and offer that the good times will remain easy to recall; any not-so-good times we cannot even remember. God's love and grace to you all.
  • Anglin Family Grace and Peace to your family.
  • Michael Woodard Dear Jim & Family: I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I never had the privilege of meeting your oldest son, but I’ve learned a little about Christopher from his sister’s description of him. It sounds like he was a wonderful son, brother, and human being. You will surely miss him, but take comfort in knowing that fellow believers are praying for you now and in the months to come, that Christopher is now in God’s care, and that you will surely be reunited with him someday in God's kingdom.
  • Sharon Hampton Many thoughts and prayers for the Bishop Family.
  • MIke Zorn Bishop Family, Our deepest condolences to you - you are in our prayers.
  • Sharon Phillips Mary,Jim,Jennifer & Alexander, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can find some joy and peace in your happy memories.
  • Lloyd Neal Dear Bishop family. The pain of loss is very real and the loss of Christopher has created a void that only God can fill. God's promise is to work out all things for the good for those who believe in Him. That promise is hard to understand at this time of loss. However, trust in Him that it is true and watch as God works His will in your lives. He will accomplish things you could never see happening at this time. His promise is real and He always delivers on His promises. May the power of His abundant love fill your hearts and home and His blessings flow over your family.
  • Tom Stoner Dear Entire Bishop family, It is with great sadness that the Stoner family extends our condolences on your loss. God has a plan for all of us, many shine brightly and affect others in great ways unknown such as how Christopher did in his too short of time on this earth.
  • Gary & Leslie Demich Jim and Mary: We are so sorry for your loss. I cannot think of anything I dread more than having one of ours gone before we are. Knowing they'd be waiting for us in Heaven would be only a small condolence. It must hurt greatly. Jennifer and Alex: Leslie and I have each lost a brother before we should have. We share your grief, and offer that the good times will remain easy to recall; any not-so-good times we cannot even remember. God's love and grace to you all.
  • Gary & Leslie Demich Jim and Mary: We are so sorry for your loss. I cannot think of anything I dread more than having one of ours gone before we are. Knowing they'd be waiting for us in Heaven would be only a small condolence. It must hurt greatly. Jennifer and Alex: Leslie and I have each lost a brother before we should have. We share your grief, and offer that the good times will remain easy to recall; any not-so-good times we cannot even remember. God's love and grace to you all.
  • Dwayne Kile Holding you and your family close at heart and prayer during this time of grief. You are all in my prayers.
  • Chris Konow Jim and family, my deepest condolences and prayers for you during this time. The Lord Bless You!!!
  • Sheila Downey I'm so sorry for your loss, praying for you and your family.
  • Abe Neemeh The Lord gives us life, and sometimes takes it little prematurely from the best of us just so they can be closer to Him in heaven. Rest in Peace in your new heavenly place Christopher.
  • Chuck Craycraft Jim, Mary, Jen and Alex, My condolences and prayers on Chris's passing, peace be with you during this time. Chuck Craycraft
  • Raymond Cooper You have my deepest and sincerest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Chuck Craycraft Jim, Mary, Jen and Alex, My condolences and prayers on Chris's passing, peace be with you during this time. Chuck Craycraft
  • Terrence Wilkinson Christopher, Be blessed and rest in comfort.