Christopher Allen Knopf

June 10, 1970 - October 13, 2011
Christopher Allen Knopf

Chris A. Knopf, 41, of Wilmington, NC, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011.
He was born in St. Petersburg, Fl on June 10, 1970, the son of Trilby Marks Knopf and the late Thomas J. Knopf.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corp in Operation Desert Storm and was a member of DAV Chapter #11. He formerly taught at Trask Middle School and he was currently employed by Cepco. Chris loved to read about history, create his own music and surf the big waves.
His kind, loving, and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.

Survived by his wife, Susan Greenwood Knopf of Wilmington, NC; mother, Trilby Spivey of St. Petersburg, FL; sister, Kim McMullin (Mac) of St. Petersburg, FL ; brother, Michael Knopf (Allyson), nieces Taylor and Skylar Knopf of Merritt Island, FL; his uncle and aunt, Ron and Anne Knopf and cousins, Richard Knopf and Rhonda Yohe (Rodney), Mason and Ella Yohe; sister-in-laws, Whitney Daughtry (Sam), niece, Parker, Haley Nepini (Dennis), brother-in-law, Perry Fergus, father-in-law, William R. Greenwood, Jr., and special mother-in-law, Claudia Lattner (Grant) all of Wilmington, NC; also his extended family and friends; includin0g his feline kids, Chase, Kali, and Luna.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Chapel by Rev. Billy

The family will receive friends following the service.

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  • October 20, 2011
    Debbie Lentz says:
    With great sadness, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to Chris' family. I have worked with Chris for the past 3 years as his assistant. In that time, we have had many long talks about life, love, family and the world. Chris loved his family so much and talked about them all of the time. Chris was a proud Marine who was always there to serve. He was a kind soul who always went out of his way to do whatever he could to help. If one could learn anything from his death, it would be that we should all strive harder to reach out to others. In other words, we should all be more like Chris. He never missed the opportunity to say "Thank You for everything you do". He was always so appreciative. I will certainly miss hearing him say, "You rock". I don't think Chris even realized what a profound effect he had on others but it was my pleasure to have known him. He was my friend. Chris had a difficult journey and he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. The weight has now been lifted and he can now rest in peace. Chris, I will miss you!

  • October 20, 2011
    Christian Hope says:
    I had the pleasure of working with Chris in two neighborhoods for the last several years. Being a teacher, we had a lot of stories to share. This past March we shared a dinner at Salt Works and solved the problems of the world. He was always worried about others and their feelings. He wanted to make sure you were ok and would go out of his way to help. I was out for my birthday dinner when I got the news of his passing and I was deeply saddened. I only wish I could have done something to help him with the decision that he had made. He will be missed by me and my husband and the country that he so deeply loved.

  • October 18, 2011
    Charlene and David Burbee says:
    We are so Very saddened by chris' passing..sorry for your loss , and will miss knowing that he is gone from our presence..David LOVED Chris from the Christmas party at Karen and Ron Moores' house years back and has never forgotten him.."Stalin" Knopf, Dave would call him, fondly.He loved his history, and we loved him. We Love you, Susan! God Bless you at this time..Charlene & Davey

  • October 19, 2011
    Rick says:
    I will miss his energy for his job and for people. He clearly wanted to serve others for the greater good. Peace to his family and those he loved.

  • October 19, 2011
    Linda Burti says:
    Chris was first and foremost, an American. A proud Marine. In his CEPCO office proudly hung a letter written by a young student addressed to "A Veteran". That letter was a cherished prize. There was also a painting by a former student. A gift of gratitude to Mr. Knopf, the teacher. Then there were the many thank you notes written by home owners, Board Members, and those grateful for the helpful hand Chris offered as HOA Property Manager. Chris never missed an opportunity say "Thank you for all you do". He was special that way. Chris also never missed an opportunity to thank an American in uniform. He would stop in his tracks, reach out, shake a soldier's hand, and thank them for their service. A kind gesture that I for one will continue on his behalf. Chris was a son, brother, uncle, and husband. A photo of is late father dressed in his military fatigues, was proudly posted on his office door. One might laughingly say it was an intentional warning to all who entered! I saw it as a way to feel his fathers spirit, and thereby protected. His nieces, mother, brother, and sister were also proudly displayed. Then there was Susan's, and his wedding photo proudly displayed in silver. Of that I think he was most proud. Chris loved his family. He deeply loved you all. I feel blessed to have known him, and to have been considered a friend. Rest now Chris. Rest in peace with your dad.