Enjoyed woodworking, hiking and being active with his children

Updated with funeral service details

Originally published February 14, 2019

NORTH READING — Christopher John March, 58, of North Reading passed away on February 2, 2019.

Born on July 15, 1960 in Bournemouth, England, Chris grew up in Surrey and attended Kingston College then City University of London. Deciding against pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, he took a job and learned computer programming while working for Dairy Crest and the Milk Marketing Board. He left England for Bermuda in 1987 to work for the Bank of Bermuda. While there, his hobbies included windsurfing and sound design and direction for local amateur theatre. He also enjoyed running with the local Hash House Harriers club, where he met his future wife.

Moving to Massachusetts in 1995, Chris worked for Information Access Company, Thomson Technology, Gale Group, Cengage Learning and most recently EBSCO Information Systems. He was highly regarded by everyone with whom he worked; he was known for his patience, superior knowledge, work ethic, mentoring skills and sense of humor. He enjoyed woodworking, hiking and being active with his son’s scout pack and troop, coaching his daughter’s soccer and basketball teams, skiing, music, craft beer, riding his motorcycle and walking and playing with his dogs.

Chris is survived by his beloved family, which includes his wife, Kerstin (Smith) March and his children, Tobias and Lucy; his loving mother, Kay (Hall) March and his sister, Alison McIntyre and her husband Alex and their children, Imogen and Joshua McIntyre of Nottingham, England. He also leaves behind many good mates in England, cousins in Australia and the extended Smith family of Toronto and Bermuda, including Tomas and Allison of Bermuda, Annika and Dave of Toronto, and his nieces Danielle, Kyla, Sarah and Leona Smith.

He will be so deeply missed by all. He was the nicest person, willing to do anything for anyone, and all who knew him adored him.

His family invites friends and neighbors to visit with them to remember Chris at the Hillview Country Club, 149 North Street, North Reading, on Friday, February 15 between 4 and 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.