Chris was born in Saint Vincent’s Hospital, where his grandmother worked as a nurse, and grew up in West Brighton. He has fond memories of playing and roaming in the woods, fields, and railroad tracks of Mariner’s Harbor, playing with his cousins on his father’s side, the Williams from Arlington Avenue.
Before high school, Chris discovered the small joys of being raised in a house between a school yard and the magnificent Clove Lakes Park. The top of the block had a skate board ramp, blacktop baseball field, basketball and paddle ball courts. The bottom of the block was Clove Lakes Park: the brook, the woods, grass fields to play football and soccer. The neighborhood provided everything that a child could need to expand and explore.
Because his mother’s family was from West Brighton since about 1900, and his grandfather being self employed in the neighborhood most of his adult life, Chris could not go far without his family knowing what he was up to.
His involvement and choice of location for his career was largely driven by the warm memories of his childhood, and his want to give back to the community that he would remain active in for years to come.