Christopher Charles HomerJuly 6, 1961 ~ December 11, 2017 (age 56)
With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of our beloved Chris at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pennsylvania on December 11, 2017 in his 56th year.
Chris was born in North Bay, Ontario on July 6, 1961, son of the late Charles and Joan Homer. He was the youngest of two children. He is survived by his wife and sister. Raised in Brampton, Ontario, Chris’s passion for veterinary medicine began on his uncle’s (Paul Homer) dairy farm in Fergus, Ontario, where he spent every childhood summer. Hegraduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Agriculture and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with Honors (1992). He honed his professional skills while serving farming communities across rural Ontario and Alberta, Canada, becoming a skilled small animal practitioner and outstanding dairy herd health specialist.
On September 17, 1999, Chris married Susan Mahon of Toronto, Ontario. They moved to Pennsylvania in 2002,making their home in Bellefonte. Chris proudly worked withcolleague and friend Dr. John Shapira of Straley Veterinary Associates for 10 years. In 2012, Chris and Susan establishedStraley Large Animal Veterinary Services in partnership with Dr. Kathleen Rhoads. A gifted teacher and storyteller, Chris’swicked wit and humor entertained his many clients and friends. He was also known for his relentless determination to solve the most challenging veterinary cases. He tackledpancreatic cancer with that same unflinching ferocity and wry humor for 16 long months.
An ardent outdoorsman, Chris lived to fish. As a teenager, he canoed lakes in Canada’s Algonquin National Park with his life-long best friend, John Foley, fishing for bass and evading black bears. Chris’s angling adventures ranged from Atlantic deep-sea fishing in Senegal, Africa to weekends with localfriends on Lake Erie. He was also a keen American Civil War and World War II historian, inspired by his father’s service with the Canadian Armed Forces. Chris thrived on political debates, never shy to express his often-alternative views.Under that raucous exterior, he hid a gentle, ever-introspective soul and seeking faith that resonated with the music of Bob Dylan and U2, zealous fan that he was.
Chris is deeply missed by his wife, Sue, his sister, Karen Homer of Ottawa, Ontario, his many friends, colleagues and clients in Central Pennsylvania, and his large extended family across Ontario, Canada.
Friends are invited to visitation at Butcher Family Funeral Home, 5399 Main Street, South, Erin on Wednesday December 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Funeral Service to follow in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. Interment will be held in Spring 2018 at Erin Union Cemetery. Donations in Christopher’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Cards available at the funeral home or you may send a condolence at www.butcherfamilyfuneralhome.ca
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