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Mervyn Valentine Christopher, age 78, of Cayon Village, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, USVI, and Tampa, FL. He passed away on September 6th, 2019 in Tampa, FL USA.
Mervyn was a man of many names; Mervyn, Val, the weatherman, Mr. Fix It…but in his home he was fondly called just Chris. He was born in St. Kitts, West Indies, where he excelled in school and became a teacher as a very young man. He later rode his motorcycle around the island for his work as an insurance salesman. During his many trips around the island he met a young lady who he would marry and with whom he had a daughter, Merlene. He moved with his young family to St. Thomas where he opened an electronics repair business, Audio Video Electronics, on Kronprindsens Gade, which was a neighborhood fixture for many years. He became known for fixing things others deemed unrepairable and, due to his faithful clients, his business lasted well after larger repair shops failed. That first marriage didn’t last but in 1986 he met and married the irrepressible Peggy Jones, the love of his life, with whom he would spend 33 years. He loved children. He became a father to Peggy’s young son, Gion, and her niece, Desiree. He also became a father figure and playmate to the children that Peggy tended to in her at-home daycare. In 1996, after hurricane Marilyn, he moved his family to Tampa, Florida. He worked for a time in the repair department of several large stores before retiring to help with the care of their preschool aged son, Mervyn. Mervyn brought Chris great joy as he watched him grow from a toddler, who would tap out beats with pencils on the church pews, to a skilled drummer who now plays with the University of South Florida Marching Band, Herd of Thunder.
Chris was raised in the Seventh Day Adventist Tradition and was a lifelong observer of many of their tenets. While he did not have a church home as an adult, he was a believer in Christ who regularly read his Bible and faithfully drove his family to worship services. An avid tennis fan he could be found glued to his television whenever his favorite player, Venus Williams, was on. He was also a great fan of pomp and circumstance and loved all things royal which made his two trips to London to visit family even more special. He really enjoyed Cricket, fishing, and politics to which he devoted a lot of his time over the years. He was a member of the St. Thomas Cricket Association and umpired numerous games in the Leeward Island league. He was an officer and board member of the University Square Civic Association, an association dedicated to promoting and maintaining the interests of the neighborhood in which he lived in for 23 years. He was probably best known in the community for directing voting operations at Copeland Park, being the neighborhood “go to” man for appliance repairs, and his daily walks in the neighborhood with Peggy. His favorite singer was Kenny Rogers and he couldn’t help tapping his feet and clapping his hands when The Gambler came on. Chris enjoyed movies but didn’t go to the theater. In 1999, however, after waiting 16 years for the next movie in his favorite series, he made an exception to see the newly released Star Wars Episode 1- Phantom Menace.
He will be missed by: His beloved wife, Peggy Christopher. Son, Mervyn Valentine Christopher II, a music student in Tampa. Daughter, Commander Merlene Christopher Horan, a United States Navy physician. Stepson Gion Jones, a distribution specialist (Tampa). Adopted daughter, Desiree Jones Ashby (Tampa). Grandson David Horan (Washington, DC). Brothers Ellsworth “Elroy” Christopher (GA, Francisco Allen (Alberta, Canada), Pedro Allen (London, UK). Sister Patricia “Julie” Allen (UK). God-daughter, Miranda Henry-Phillip (Hamden, CT). Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and many other blood-related and heart-chosen family. Many dear friends who have touched his life and whose lives he has touched in return.
He goes to be reunited with: Mother, Mildred Allen. Father, Elsworth Christopher. Brothers, Claudius Morris and Nicholas Allen. Pet dog Gizmo, a Shi Tzu, and cat, Timmy.
The family suggests that anyone wishing to make memorials give the gift of spending time with those you hold dear.
The family will received friends Saturday, September 14th from 1- 2 PM at MacDonald Funeral Home followed by a service at 2 PM.
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