Brian Scott Christman died suddenly in his home at 135 Chesapeake Dr., Rehoboth Beach, the evening of Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014.
He is survived by his partner of 28 years, Thomas F. Harris II; his mother and stepfather Marlene and Donald Prutzman; his stepsister Debra Schuler and her husband Darren Schuler; and his close friend and neighbor Travis Cleary in Cheverly, Md.
Brian was raised in Kunkletown, Pa. His and Thom’s primary residence was in Cheverly, and their half yearly home was Rehoboth Beach, in the Beachfield community. Brian would spend from May to October there, where he was able to concentrate on his artistic endeavors. It was to be their permanent retirement home in two years.
While in the Pennsylvania area he began work in his first career path, the hospitality industry. He worked in several hotels in the Pennsylvania area, in Miami, Fla., and finally arriving in Washington, D.C. in 1986 where he worked as comptroller in two different hotels in the Crystal City and Silver Spring area. He was an expert in the computer and accounting area, and combined these talents in working with Fidelio in the outfitting of hotels with specialized accounting systems.
Brian next moved into the retail industry, working in various managerial positions with several retailers in the D.C. area. His last was as the assistant manager at the Godiva Boutique a few blocks up from the White House, where he met and served Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Charles Krauthammer, and several other notables. He left retail when he had to go on medical disability aapproximately ten years ago.
Brian’s interests were varied. He became an excellent painter of water colors, oils, and acrylics. He had a few exhibits in Rehoboth Beach at the Anita Peghini-Raber Gallery, CAMP Rehoboth, and Luna Grill on Connecticut Avenue, in Washington, D.C., where some of his works are still being exhibited. He was an annual art donor to the CAMP Rehoboth Sundance, and to several charities in D.C. (most notable with Whitman Walker) where his artwork always drew a nice amount for the charities. A few of his works are in a college in Connecticut, who saw his work online and asked for them. He donated them for their use. He has also participated as an art therapist in the Art for Prisoner Program at St. Elizabeth’s in D.C. His artwork can be seen on his website at: PaintingsbyBrian.Artspan.com.
He and Thom began 25 years ago to rescue their four-legged loves: dogs and cats. Through the years they have had about 30 four-legged members of their family. At his unfortunate and too early demise, he and Thom had six dogs and one cat, which were indeed their “kids.” (Also two birds!) One of Brian’s rescues, 18 years ago, was a little mini-Schnauzer he named Conrad Fitz O’Connor (ConCon, Connie or ConBoy for short!) who within a week of the rescue proved a miracle: he knew when Brian’s diabetes and insulin levels endangered him, and saved his life, warning him thousands of times over the 15-and-a-half years they were together. Surely Brian and his little ConCon are now playing together in heaven.
Besides their home in Rehoboth, and the travels to it (exactly 112.8 miles from their driveway in Cheverly!) Brian and Thom enjoyed a few special vacations: time in London when Thom was with the U.S. Navy. Florida trips (South Beach and Key West), and two RSVP cruises: one through Baja California waters and one, a surprise 22-year anniversary trip for Brian on the Queen Mary 2, to London six years ago.
He is sorely missed and totally irreplaceable. Thom, and their kids Maggie, Rory, Betsy Jane, Amy Katy, Rolly, Connie Rebecca, and Buttons will forever be loving him.
Donations may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association or to the Prison Arts Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Robert A. McCamley, 77, of Georgetown, passed away peacefully the morning of Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. He was the son of Alfred and Gertrude McCamley of Norwood, Pa.
Bob is survived by his sister Ruth; four nephews; one niece; and his loving partner of 30 years, Jim.
He was a big man with an even bigger heart when it came to animals; he always had a dog by his side and was rescuing strays, even chickens that fell off of the poultry trucks. He loved life in his woods and everyone loved Bob. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and friends. He will forever be remembered for his tremendous sense of humor and was very proud of his service to his country.
Celebration of his life will be at the Metropolitan Community Church Rehoboth Saturday, October 25, at 11 a.m. MCC Rehoboth is located at 19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to local animal shelters.
Rosemary V. Timmerman, age 73, former teacher in Prince George’s County and St. Camillus, presently of Rehoboth Beach, DE passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014. She was born on March 16, 1941 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of the late George and Irma (Droessler) Timmerman.
Rosemary had an enormous zest for life. She loved spending time outdoors either bird watching and hiking or skiing on the slopes of Switzerland, Colorado, and the East Coast. Rosemary traveled throughout the country, her favorite area to visit was the Grand Tetons. She was also an enthusiastic board gamer and enjoyed listening to music.
Rosemary was an exceptional teacher for 39 years who taught mostly in Prince George’s County, MD and St. Camillus in Silver Spring, MD. As the eldest of seven children, Rosemary spent most of her life as a mentor to her siblings and an educator to all who knew her.
She will be remembered for her extraordinary teaching abilities and her love for life.
She is survived by her loving spouse of 27 years, Suzette Chagnon; six siblings: Donald Timmerman, Ruth Uppana, Rita Thomas, Carol Oberfoell, Harold Timmerman and Barbara Carlisle; and her many nieces and nephews.
All services are private. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, DE.