In Memory

George C. Pruner

Hi. I am a 1968 graduate of Whitman and Lance Dublin suggested I let his classmates know about Chris Pruner.

After high school he returned to Canada and went to Queens College for a while but eventually became a locksmith, owned his own business in Ottawa, married and had a son. He was divorced when we reconnected in 1990. In 1991 we were married in Kanata, Ontario, where his parents still live. He joined me in Eureka, CA, and we bought a locksmith shop in Arcata, a town just north of here, the home of Humboldt State University. His son came to live with us 2001. He was a loving father to his son and stepfather to my son.

Chris died on September 15, 2003. He had a heart attack during the night and I found him when I came home from work. I was recovering from knee surgery and was sleeping downstairs and didn't know anything was wrong until I went to our room to look for him that afternoon.

Any of you who knew Chris knew that he was exceptionally intelligent and funny. He was witty, clever, and loved to learn things just for the sake of learning. He was on the quiet side but we were a good match. I talked a lot, he listened well; I was very lucky. He was well read and self educated and there was never a boring moment with him. He was kind to everyone, including the many street people of Arcata. After he died I found a handmade wreath and notes on the door of the shop. He was deeply missed by the people who knew him. As for me, my life will never be the same without him. He was. and is, the love of my life. I fell in love with him in 1968 and, despite another marriage and other relations, there was some quality in Chris that tied me to him forever. I am grateful for the time we had together.

Please remember him at your 40th reunion. In his quiet way he was a great man, a fine soul, and worthy of a toast.


Anne Fenimore, class of '68

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12/23/08 05:53 PM #1    

Robbie Burk

I was really sorry to learn that Chris passed away. He was originally from Canada I believe. I had been trying to contact him for years. We were in Mr. Benedict's math classes for 2 years. Chris was exceptionally smart, even for our class standards. He was so quiet that few of us got to know him. I was fortunate to have spent time with Chris and came to appreciate his unique sense of humor and brilliance. He had the analytic ability to have gone far in academics, engineering or any other discipline he chose. He spoke about being a locksmith for curious reasons. I was sorry I didn't get a chance to speak with him after HS and he died at such an early age.

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