Hamden- Thomas J. Christman, 50, loving husband of Debra Gunther Christman of Colony St. passed away suddenly at home May 7, 2004. Beloved father of Sandra Steigman and her husband, Todd Steigman, Cheryl Christman, and Stacy Christman all of Hamden, son of Jane McManus Christman of Va. Beach, VA and the late Arthur Christman, proud grandfather of Taylor & Madison Steigman, brother of Donna Christman of Norwalk, CT, Arthur Christman of FL and Teri Peterson of Va. Beach, VA. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom was the owner of New England Lawn Service which he started in 1981. He also was a truck driver for various companies for over 27 years and was a member of the Teamsters Local # 443. Besides his family his other passion was his boat the ''Sandy IV'' in which he loved to spend time fishing with family and friends. He earned a degree as a Master Technician from OMC School, and was a member of the Indian Neck Yacht Club. Tom was totally devoted to his family, he leaves many friends with whom he shared great times and many memories. His motto for life was to ''live it large, live it good, because its all too short.'' Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Wednesday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Rita Church at 10 a.m. Firends may call Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Burial will be private. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Stacy Christman Education Fund, c/o William M. Raccio, 2319 Whitney Ave. Hamden, CT 06518.

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  1. Although we had lost touch over the past few years, our hearts were never separated. Words cannot express the feelings that are evolving now – but the memories (happy and sad) will always be with us. No matter how long it had been since we would see each other – Tom always acted like it was just .yesterday.. God bless all of you and be sure that you will always be protected and loved from above.

  2. Debbie, I am so sorry. I will remember Tom for his sense of humor, but most of all, for his love for all of you. Do you remember his comment about me getting out of my car at St. Rita\’s? You remember. I never forgot that, and I still laugh about it til this day, and that was 18 years ago. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Kim

  3. I never really got to know Mr. C., but he definately seemed cool. Im sorry that he passed away, my deepest sympathies go out to all those who loved him. Smile, and keep your heads up. Love you Stacy.

  4. Im gonna miss Tom very much. Im very sorry for your loss. He was an awsome guy. I\’ll always remember him. He was very caring, funny,He was a great guy to know, & I always enjoyed being around him. He really made me laugh. I had great times when he took me out on the boat.

  5. WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR THE TREMENDOUS LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER TOM IN OUR HEARTS, HE HAS TOUCHED US IN A VERY SPECIAL WAY. HE WAS ALWAYS A STRAIGHT FORWARD GUY, AND ALWAYS READY TO LEND A HAND. WE WILL MISS TOM AND PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY WHO HE LOVED SO MUCH.WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY JOE/TRACY BONITO

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