My brother Chris Lapsley lost his battle with addiction on July 25, 2018 just 5 days before his 34th birthday.
His struggles with addiction overcame him and we were unable to save him. Over the years there were multiple times that I thought this will be the last time. This will be the life change and he’ll be able to push through and not succumb to the addiction. The truth is addiction is such an ugly disease. It doesn’t discriminate- It doesn’t care how old you are, how much money you have, or how bad you really shouldn’t do it. It just takes you over. Many families that go through this are unable to say goodbye to their loved ones. We are grateful that before Chris passed he was in the hospital for a week and we were able to spend time with him. All of us got the chance to tell him how much he meant to us and how much we truly loved him.
Chris was so much more than his addiction. He was a son, a brother, my daughters uncle and godfather, brother-in-law, life partner, nephew, cousin and friend to so many. In his younger years he loved to skateboard, snowboard and ride his BMX bike. He loved the beach, boating and fishing . He could always solve problems with his tools and know-how, and typically needed no directions to put most anything together. Chris' hobby in more recent years was to build and fly model airplanes; he was most happy and proud of his adventures with his planes. He also loved to play his guitar and hang with his pet cat Chance.
Chris was truly an amazing human being. We will always remember his beautiful blue eyes, infectious smile and his kind heart.