June 15, 1963 – March 16, 2019
Born in Smithers to James Briggs and Myrna Jones. Survived by his mother, Myrna (Henry) Jones, wife Jennifer Bach, son Travis Briggs, step- daughters Melissa and Sarah, brother Andrew (Sherry) Briggs, sister Donelda (Frank) Briggs-Nelson, step-brothers John (Wendy) Jones and James Jones, numerous family members.
Chris attended school in Smithers, at age 17 he began his working life, first at Smittys where he quickly became head cook then at RSF Energy as a welder earning many bonuses for his innovative ideas to save the company money. He attended the College of New Caledonia in Prince George graduating with a diploma in criminology. He became a counsellor for teens at risk at a safe house where his love of teens made him a much loved father figure. In later years he became an avid animal lover working with Animal Advocates Society of BC. Many old, sick and traumatized dogs and cats came to live with him where they were allowed to live free from chains and horrific living conditions.
Chris walked his dogs almost daily in the swampy forest behind his house setting up animal cameras. An astonishing array of wild animals were filmed, the pictures freely shared to many of his friends.
Chris’ courage facing his final battle with cancer was outstanding. He outlived every prediction made.
He died a rich man, not in worldly goods but in family and friends who loved and cared for him.
In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to Animal Advocates of BC. Box 32, RPO Edgemont Village, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4X1