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Christian Gartner Hovey

March 8, 2013
Lake Placid News

Christian Gartner Hovey of Lake Placid, New York and Middleburg, Florida died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 of natural causes.

He was born in Lake Placid to Rusty and Bill Hovey on October, 21, 1958. At the time of his birth he had a brother William and sister Tracey. After the death of his older brother (pneumonia/cystic fibrosis), he became a big brother to Patrick, who would later become Billy. After the death of her husband and Chris' father (automobile accident), Rusty married John J Mckenna and Chris had three new brothers- Patrick, James, and John.

Chris went to Irvington High School in Irvington, N.Y. and Hudson Valley Community College in Schenectedy, N.Y. Over the years he lived in Maine, Virginia, Arizona, Florida and Lake Placid.

Chris had numerous employers during his lifetime, and it was on a car lot and in a marina where he was most comfortable. Being around cars and teaching people to water ski were his favorite occupations. Chris also worked at Northwood School, Crown Plaza and Central Garage in Lake Placid. Most importantly to him, Chris devoted years to the care of his mother in her final years of Alzheimers/Pick's disease, while he helped maintain the family home on Mirror Lake Drive.

There were three roles Chris excelled at. The one he held the longest is that of Friend. For more than 40 years Chris would "do" for the people in his life the things that friends do in a way that exceeded normal. Although it may be a cliche to speak of someone being a friend, and it can be assumed that everyone is indeed a friend to others, anyone who had the good fortune to be Chris's friend knows that his friendship was special. He was ready to drive anywhere, pay anything, speak for as long as anyone needed (on the phone or in person), and offer advice and comfort to anyone in his large circle of friends. He was a loyal, genuine, and caring friend.

In December of 1981, he achieved the title of Uncle, a job he performed tirelessly for Haley, Taylor, Jay, Jamie, Kara, Kate, Lars, Liz, Mary Rita, Sam, Duncan, Caroline and Aleksander until the day he died. It is difficult to recount the numerous ways he performed this job and certainly some of the above got greater doses of Chris than did others. Uncle Chris was a "piece of work" and the saddest thing about his early demise is that the youngest have had too little of his magic and love.

The job he perhaps loved the most was the one he was most gifted at. Chris was a Comedian. Performing in more venues than one can count, up and down the Eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida, on European tour (Switzerland 2006), on boats, in cars, homes, restaurants, backyards, with dogs, water hoses, and air guitars, Chris left a legacy of laughter. Although his antics were many, the word play pun was perhaps his favorite. More than any other aspect of Chris's personality he will be remembered for making people laugh.

He will remain always and forever, in the hearts of his friends and family, the 6 million dollar man, and wherever he has gone it is certain he was 'Eastbound and Down!'

A memorial to honor Chris will be held in Lake Placid during the weekend of July 6 and 7, 2013 where we will all share Milk, "Knuckle sandwiches" and coffee ice cream!

Chris was an adept "dog whisperer" as well and in lieu of flowers, accordingly, donations in Chris's name to Tri-Lakes Humane Society are kindly appreciated. Those interested in knowing more about the summer memorial please contact Billy at or Tracey at



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