Christopher Stephen Kisch passed away March 22, 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 37 years.
Chris was the beloved son of Kathleen Kisch-Meguin and Robert Meguin, and the adored brother of Kacey Leigh Meguin. He was born Feb. 19, 1979, in Amityville.
Chris was a graduate of Southold High School’s Class of 1997 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and comparative politics in 2002 from McGill University in Montreal. He earned, and will be awarded, a Master of Arts in education with a concentration in international teaching by Framingham State University International Education Center, May 22, 2016, in Massachusetts. He was certified to each English to speakers of other languages and English as a second language in 2008. Whenever Christopher would return home to the United States, he was the faithful companion of his dogs, Alfee and Darby.
On April 25, 2015, Christopher married Piranut Siamnet, known as Lat, in Ko Samet, Thailand. He was the proud and devoted father of their 8-year-old son, Fon, whom he was in the process of adopting.
Christopher had a wide range of interests. He was an avid reader, snowboarder and surfer who loved the beach, a sous chef and a poker and chess player. He also was a techno DJ who often entertained in clubs throughout Bangkok.
A New York Mets fan, Chris especially enjoyed coaching youngsters to play baseball. Their team was awarded medals in 2006 and 2007 at Torneo de Beisbol Rural.
Christopher was a prolific traveler, living in Venice, Calif., Sarasota, Fla., and Montauk where he enthusiastically surfed the ocean waves. He traveled worldwide to the countries of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia. He visited the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. After living in Costa Rica, where he learned to speak fluent Spanish, Chris served in the Peace Corps of the United States. He was assigned to Honduras, living and teaching in a rural mountain village.
Christopher chose to live in the Kingdom of Thailand in 2008 and to teach English to Thai children. He taught children ages 5 to 8 in an Intensive English Program at the Bangkok Christian College, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ in Thailand.
Christopher was survived by his parents; his sister; his wife and son; along with an extended Thai family and friends who affectionately called him “Kipper.”
A traditional Thai Buddhist funeral ritual took place March 24-28. He was cremated at Wat Thatsanarunsuntharikarom Temple.
A memorial to reflect upon the life and accomplishments of Christopher will take place Saturday, April 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. Memorial donations may be made to an education fund established by his family for his cherished son, Fon.
This is a paid notice.