W. Christopher Proctor, 63, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at his home in the Spring Brook Apartments in Springville.
Christopher was born in Buffalo, the son of William Francis and Dorothy Josephine Proctor. He was raised in Delevan and would go on to spend much of his life passionately involved in the greater Springville community.
Christopher thoroughly enjoyed his college years at both St. Bonaventure and the State University of New York at Geneseo and though he was no longer allowed to legally visit either campus, he left his mark by helping his fraternity chapter raise both institutions to “Top 10” status as party schools for years to come. Eager to then stretch his legs, he embarked on a life-changing 3,000-mile bike tour to the end of Newfoundland and back with long-time friend Jerome Milks.
Those who crossed paths with Chris would agree that he wore many different hats throughout his life, including his much beloved Yankees cap that travelled with him across the length of the United States on more than one occasion. His careers and pursuits included the founding of Proctor Landscape and Carpentry, the managing of Springville’s Pizza Hut and the running of the short-lived, but much beloved, Springville Family Game Room on Mechanic Street.
His passion for sports knew no bounds and he served as coach for numerous SYI and local youth teams over the course of his life, including soccer, basketball, baseball and indoor hockey. He was especially proud of his work with Ken Heidle in coaching both the boys and girls Springville soccer travel teams and cherished the wonderful memories they left him with.
Always one to enjoy nature and the arts, Chris also spent a number of years in volunteer service with Griffis Sculpture Park, assisting the park with the construction of several bridges as well as the original concert stage that saw performances by the likes of the 10,000 Maniacs. And ever the avid fisherman, Chris managed to snag every tree branch and underwater stump from the Pacific waters off the coast of Mexico to the ice-cold lakes of northern Canada.
Chris is survived by his brother, Randall Proctor; his two sons, Duncan and Justin Proctor and his two grandchildren Maximus and Sylvia Proctor. He loved them all with an intensity that was unmatched by any force in this world.