Posted by Dave and Becky Frank, a resident of Livermore, on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:18 am
Chris was a gentle man and gentleman. We shared some fun times with Chris and Glenda, and we will miss his smile and great sense of humor. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Glenda and the family. May memories of Chris bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Neighbors, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Our condolences to the family. We moved here when the sheep farm was still in existence and loved walking up to see the babies each spring! I'll never forget one year as we watched a lamb just born roll down a little grade and how the mother got him going again.
Another time a little lamb had his head caught in the fence and my kids were screaming at the top of their lungs to save the lamb. Chris heard the commotion and came down. He told the kids that lambs are like children and they get themselves into and out of trouble. A fond memory.
Posted by Cheryl Cook-Kallio, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm
I am saddened to hear this news. My heart goes out to his family.
I will always remember a conversation I had with Chris regarding the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery. We talked about institutionalized memory and how important that was to a community. I made a comment to him that he surely was part of that institutional memory of Pleasanton and we were fortunate to have someone interested in preserving that memory.
True then, even more true now.
Thank you, Chris, for all that you did for this community.
Posted by Mike Cheney, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm
All of us @ Valley Plumbing send our condolences to the family. Chris was a pillar of our community and we are all living in a wonderful city due in part to his hard work and dedication.
I too had found memories of the property that he cared for and the animals he raised. I lived near by and remember the seasons of the year and the things like the Tarantula Spiders coming out to mate in the evenings. I also remember the baby Lams and the decorations on the barn for Christmas. Good memories. Thank you Chris and Beratlis family.
Posted by Mike Madden, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm
All of the above and more... I think Chris had more to do with the "comeback" of our downtown in the early 1990's than anybody else. He created the original Restaurant Row on Main at a time our downtown was way underserved of dining establishments. As a landlord, he kept his rents fair and his properties were always full and contributing to the vibrant fabic of our Downtown. He was a Civic Leader his whole life, from the days he served on the Council, thru to his recent involvement and leadersip in the PDA.
And he made the best Chili in town! He always prepared the chili for the GASIT Golf Tournament, which if you ever tasted it, you always went back for seconds... I used to ask him for the recipe and he would look back at me and say, "No way Mikey! But if you want to join me in the Sunol Chili Cook Off, you can get it it that way..." He held up his end of the deal, and now I know a couple of Chris's Chili making secrets...
As a businessman I considered him a mentor. As I sit here writing this, I realize I've lost one of my very good friends.
Chris left Pleasanton way better then he found it.