Serrie Christien (“Chris”) Buyuk, 51, of Bolton, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully in his sleep, at home, on Saturday, July 15, 2023.
Chris is survived by his wife, Kate; daughters, Maggie and Bailey; mother, Sandra; sister, Lisa; brother, Andrew (Sam); nephew, Grayson; his niece, Zoe, all of Boston, MA; as well as his Ridgeback fur babies, Roxy, Jack, Scout and Kai, and an extended network of family and friends that spans the globe. Chris is predeceased by his father, Dr. Majid Buyuk.
Chris grew up in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He attended the Rectory School and the Pomfret School, and graduated from Southbridge High School in 1990. He may or may not have gained a reputation as an epic party host whenever his parents were out of town.
He graduated from Boston University, which is where he met his wife, Kate. While their memories differ slightly as to their first interaction, Chris always insisted that he did not run and hide in his room upon seeing an unfamiliar girl hanging out in his living room. They could agree that on their first date, he carried her piggyback over a puddle, that he looked amazing in his black leather jacket, and that their first kiss was at Daisy Buchanan’s on Newbury Street. They were married on August 16, 1997, which was the hottest day in the history of the world, according to multiple attendees.
He worked in information technology for a number of years, holding positions at EMC, Nashoba Regional School District, and Mass Audubon.
Chris was a dedicated long-standing member of the Webster Masonic Lodge, and the Scottish Rite of Worcester. He strove to live his life according to Masonic values.
Despite an unreasonable number of health problems, Chris valiantly sought out the joy in life. His passions included, but were not limited to:
--All sorts of music, from Iron Maiden, to John Denver, to Blackmore’s Night, to Selena Gomez.
--All movies ever made, most especially Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. Except for that Sinbad movie, First Kid, which is the only movie he ever turned off in the middle, and refused to watch until the end.
--The creative development of the Ridgeback Manor homestead (the chickens and garden are actually his fault. I mean idea.).
--His dogs, his dogs, his dogs. Seriously, it was a little unhealthy.
--His children, of whom he was most exceptionally proud. He looked so forward to each of their milestones. But, you already knew that, because he talked your ear off about them at every chance.
--His friends and family. He took such joy in knowing each and every one of you.
We will throw a Really, Really Big Party for Chris in October, for which the details are to be announced. You are all expected to attend. In the meantime, please don’t send us flowers, even though we really love receiving them. Chris would really want to see you use your money for the greater good, so donate to a Ridgeback rescue. Or to a Brigham & Women’s Cardiology charity. Or to the Webster Masonic Scholarship Fund. Or plant a tree – he particularly likes apples and cherries. Or take your kids to a movie. Just do it in Chris’s honor.
The family would like to acknowledge the heroic efforts of Christian, Jen, and the rest of his team of medical professionals, all of whom worked so, so hard for years to give him the best quality of life. You guys are extraordinary.
Rest in peace, my love.