Chris passed away peacefully in Coquitlam, BC on November 28, 2022, after a courageous battle with ALS. He was surrounded by family and a champagne toast. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Lynda, his daughters Kristin and Jennifer and her husband Jordan, his brother Norman and his wife Laurie. Especially missed by his grandchildren Elise and Brennan. He is also fondly remembered by extended family members including in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Christopher Murray Ells was born in Montreal, Quebec on April 16, 1958. Chris worked for Bombardier in Montreal and then moved to Vancouver with his family. After many different jobs, he eventually worked for Birks Jewelers for 25 years in Loss Prevention.
Chris lived with ALS for 8 years and fought the battle with stubbornness, humor and support from family. He continued to push forward to be present for special events including his 40th wedding anniversary to Lynda, his 60th birthday, the birth of his grandchildren, and a final trip to Jamaica. Chris was a lifetime supporter of the Montreal Canadians, enjoyed watching baseball, NFL football and sitting at Timmies for coffee. He loved travelling with his wife to the Caribbean, Hawaii and any beach that had a chair and a glass of wine or champagne. In the last few years, he enjoyed visits with his grandchildren, going to the park with them and giving them rides and snuggles on his power wheelchair.
Our family would like to thank the ALS team at GF Strong and the ALS Society of BC for their care and support. Chris looked forward to the monthly ALS Support Group and sharing his journey with ALS.