Shay, Christopher B. Age 28, died Sunday, November 17, 2002, while on Expeditionary Force operations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Christopher was born January 23rd, 1974 in Framingham. He was a graduate from The Fesseden School, attended Wayland High School, and graduated from Brewster Academy. He attended Dennison University and graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of the South Carolina in 1996. He was an accomplished athlete, excelling on the football, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, and hockey and his most favorite sport rugby, teams at these institutions. In addition he was a dedicated surfer and skate/snowboarder. He played on the Boston Old Gold, Boca Raton, and most recently the Marine Rugby teams. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1999, and was the Honor Graduate of his class from Parris Island. He further volunteered and was selected to enter into the Force Recon School program and graduated at the top as well. He then was accepted into the Officer Candidate Program and graduated with honors at the Officers Infantry School. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. He is survived by his beloved wife Meredith (Turnure) Shay, of Laguna Niguel, CA; his mother Maureen B. Palmer and his stepfather Nigel I. Palmer of Marblehead, MA; his father, Timothy F. Shay of Fairfield, CT; his maternal grandmother, Anne R. (Basile) Deady of Port St Lucie, FL; and his two step brothers Elliot C. Palmer and Nicholas E. Palmer. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Tuesday, Dec 3 at 10 AM from the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St (corner of Union Ave.) FRAMINGHAM then followed by a funeral Mass at 11 AM in St Bridget’s Church, Rte. 9 at Framingham Centre. Burial will follow in the family lot in St Stephen Cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Monday, Dec 2 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Lt. Shay’s memory may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.
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