Christopher Allmond Shane


Christopher Allmond Shane died in his sleep on Monday, 19 February 2024 after a valiant battle with cancer.  Christopher was born in Salem, Massachusetts on October 26, 1967.  He was raised by John Allmond and the late Nancy Lee (Megowen) Shane, first in Chestnut Hill and then in Hamilton, Massachusetts.  He attended The Landmark School in Beverly Farm before graduating from The Kildonan School in New York.

Christopher’s greatest accomplishments were made outside of school, making the world around him his classroom.  He spent many family holidays in Antigua, where he became a proficient fisherman. Summers Christopher attended Mowglis, a camp for boys on Newfound Lake where he learned to love the outdoor life, marksmanship, sailing and made life-long friendships.  Visiting Camp Mowglis was an annual pleasure he continued as long as his health allowed.

After graduating from school, Chris lived in Antigua, where he worked on both pineapple and chicken farms, and learned West Indican cooking from Angella Stevens and friends in Freetown.   Christopher was happiest living a simple life, crocheting clothing and growing his own vegetables and beautiful flowers.  He carried his love of gardening back home to Merrimac, Massachusetts where he shared his beautiful roses with those around him, including the staff at Anna Jacques Cancer Center during his care.

Christopher worked in swimming pool construction and maintenance, always willing to don a wetsuit for the dirty jobs.  He loved being on or near the water, especially metal detecting for countless treasures on beaches throughout New England.  He was a skilled craftsman, making boat, car, spacecraft models and hand-carved woodworking pieces.  Christopher’s proudest moments were sharing his crafts and treasures with those he loved.

Christopher is survived by his father and stepmother, John and Denise Shane, his sisters Lee Shane and Nancy Cady and her husband, David.  Aunts Gloria Saberin and her husband Paul, Margaret Megowen, as well as many cousins, devoted friends, his beloved cat Mr. Taz and gecko, Gem.

Christopher had the heart of a lion.  He was not ready to leave us, but he is now at peace.  Chris wished no funeral service; a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In recognition of Christopher’s love of the outdoors, his family would greatly appreciate donations in his name be made to:  Holt-Elwell Memorial Foundation, Camp Mowglis, PO Box 9, Hebron, NH 03241.