Christopher C. Gerwitz, 60, of Albany, formerly of West Valley, passed away April 1, 2017 surrounded by his loving family following a year-long battle with kidney cancer.
Chris was born in Buffalo on March 8, 1957 and was a 1975 graduate of West Valley Central School and a 1977 graduate of the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Alfred.
Chris was an active leader in the West Valley community, serving as Town of Ashford councilman and supervisor for 20 years. He was a Boy Scout leader, Scoutmaster and trustee at St. John the Baptist Church. Chris enjoyed making music on his banjo with many talented musician friends from across the Western New York area. He also enjoyed building and flying remote-controlled airplanes and refurbishing a 1969 Corvette. Chris worked for many years at the West Valley Demonstration Project. In recent years, he ran his own drafting and design business, Concepts and Construction, from his previous West Valley residence.
Chris was preceded in death by his father, Charles J. Gerwitz, of Machias.
He is survived by his mother, Agnes Gerwitz of Machias; his wife of 31 years, Colleen (nee Hebdon) Gerwitz of Albany; three children, Mallorie Gerwitz of Albany, Brenna Gerwitz (fiance Hans Julianus) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Collin (Haley) Gerwitz of Albany; five siblings Michael (Kim) Gerwitz of West Valley, Linda (Tim) Lund, Barbara Gerwitz, Joseph Gerwitz and JoAnn (Bryan) Bailey, all of Machias; brothers-in-law James (Heather) Hebdon and William Hebdon, both of Little Valley and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. David Shaffer and the staff at New York Oncology and Hematology, and Dr. Mauricio Monrroy of the Albany Medical Center Physicians Group for the life-lengthening and compassionate care provided to Chris, and for the supportive communication throughout his illness. The family would also like to thank the staff at The Community Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. John the Baptist Church, Depot Street, West Valley. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Chris’ name to NYOH Community Cancer Foundation, 449 Route 146, Suite 101, Clifton Park, N.Y. 12065 or to a local Hospice in the donor’s community.
Online condolences may be made at www.smithweismantelfuneralhome.com.