Christian Steve (Cookie) Sweeney, age 35, of Wilmington, NC, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center after a courageous 10 year battle with cancer.
He was born in Hamburg, Germany on July 2, 1979 to John and Margaret Sweeney.
Christian was incredibly talented, generous and one-of-a kind. He was always undertaking creative endeavors which included his paintings, drawings, designs, painted clothing, web designs, building RPGs, doodles and above all playing guitar. He was an avid reader, a humorous storyteller and gifted writer.
Christian and his brother Maximillian lived in Germany and Ireland and were exposed to a variety of languages and cultures before the family arrived in Pennsylvania, PA in 1986 and moved to Wilmington, NC in 1994.
Christian became a well-known figure in this community. He lived his life to the fullest with his unique passion to explore the world around him. He talked with everybody, excited to learn and experience something new every day. Christian loved debating with friends and strangers, expounding on his theories about history, society, art, music, and he appreciated architecture as fully as the colors and designs of nature. His hands were never still. He always had to draw something, construct or create a piece of artwork or bake breads and cookies. Closest to his heart was his music, always playing guitar and composing his own tunes. He enjoyed all types of music, and he formed the band “Beer Wolf” (typically Christian: pun intended!) together with his brother Maximillian and his friends Nash Fralick and Victor Marriott. Christian was an integral part of the heavy metal music scene as the enormous amount of flyers he created for gigs with other bands clearly shows . He also created the idea and the concept of recording his interviews with musicians, which led to the development of the documentary with Christian’s inventive title “Slow Southern Steel”. It was produced by his friends from the band Rwake and other famous Southern Metal bands. Christian also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, catering for the volunteer builders, providing them with hearty soups and baking cookies for all to enjoy.
Surviving are his parents, John and Margaret (nee Hanratty)Sweeney; brother, Maximillian Sweeney; grandmother, Catherine Sweeney; aunts, Denise Sweeney, Catherine Sweeney Christopher (David), aunt and godmother Eleanor Sweeney Köhlmoos (Hermé); cousin, Seán Köhlmoos, aunt Stephanie Sweeney Murphy, cousins Louis Murphy and Stephen Murphy, all relatives connected with Margaret’s Hanratty family and a host of other loving families and friends.
The family would like to thank Christian’s teams of doctors and nurses at the Duke Brain Cancer Center and at the Zimmer Cancer Center of New Hanover Regional Medical Center for their compassionate and outstanding care; especially Dr. George Alsina , Dr. Allan H. Friedman, Dr. Annick Desjardins, Michelle Bradsher, as well as everyone involved in caring for Christian and his family at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center.
A celebration of life will be held 2 PM Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield Street. Christian will be laid to rest with his grandfather and great-grandfather in Sutton, Dublin, Ireland.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Robert Preston Tisch Brain Tumor Center.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099