BEULAH — Christopher Pittinos, 51, of Beulah, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Munson Medical Center. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 3, 1962, he was the son of Pauline and James Pittinos.
Chris is survived by the women in his family who brought him great joy — the love of his life and partner of 31 years, Audrey; his daughters, Emily and Anna, who were his ultimate pride; his close friend and mother, Pauline; and his three sisters, Juliana, Elisabeth and Jennifer, whom he cared for and watched over no matter the distance between each of them. Chris also lives on in the thoughts and hearts of his nieces and nephews, longtime friends and the many lives he touched throughout Michigan, the East Coast and everywhere else he expressed his genuine kindness and interest in others.
A true Renaissance man, Chris was an actor, a car enthusiast, a jokester and a card and pool shark. He was a quiet philanthropist, reptile whisperer, bird watcher, grill master, self-proclaimed failed writer and a collector of watches, tribal carpets, pocket knives, cameras and knowledge about anything he suddenly decided to become an expert on.
Chris was a musician who could play anything he laid his hands on, including oboe, tuba, saxophone, cello, harmonica, bass and the guitars he collected and built himself. A restorer of instruments, his last few years were spent mending the bodies of double basses on his kitchen counter and coaxing guitar necks into place.
He was a natural teacher, both in and outside of the classroom. He shaped the lives of students at NMC no matter their age, background or area of interest, and was willing to patiently explain any subject to those who shared his own insatiable curiosity.
This patience and passion extended into his personal life because Chris was also an expert on expressing his love. He was the rare kind of husband, father, friend and son who never restrained his affections. Whether he was serenading his wife, calling to chat with his mother or giving honest and tender advice to his daughters, Chris made it clear that his loved ones brought great joy to his life. Even in the heart of a Michigan winter, Chris offered them warmth that will radiate long after his passing. To simply say that he will be missed is not enough. His gentle soul is loved — in present tense.
A memorial will be held on May 24 from 1 until 4 p.m. at 5785 VanDeman Place, Beulah, MI.
Memorial donations may be made to The Pathfinder School, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Frankfort and Benzonia.