Christophe Karageorge

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Christophe Karageorge, 55

SCARBOROUGH - Chris Karageorge passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Jan. 27, 2018.

Chris was born during an ice storm in Kingston, N.Y., on Jan. 12, 1963, to Yuri and Venise (Cloutier) Karageorge. Chris lived in several areas of New York; most of his formative years were spent in Monticello, N.Y.

Chris moved to Lewiston when he was a senior in high school. In 1983, when Chris was 20, he met his soulmate, Lauralisa Haas.

Chris and Laura attended UMaine (Orono) together. Chris transferred to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. After graduating UMaine, Laura moved to Providence to be with Chris. Chris loved his classes at JWU, graduating with a master's degree in managerial technology in 1990. That same year, Chris and Laura decided to move back to Maine to be closer to family. They married on Oct. 13, 1990.

In 1992, a friend of Chris's introduced him to residential real estate appraising. Chris loved this line of work and excelled in it as Chris often did in anything he pursued. In 1994, Chris and Chuck Sanders started their own appraisal company, Beacon Appraisal.

As Chris was growing the business, he and Laura started their family. On July 26, 1995, Arielle Jay was born. As Chris's business continued to grow, so did his family; Antonia Celina was born August 9, 1998. On Feb. 28, 2007, Chris and Laura completed their family, adopting their son, Reno Vitya.

In 1999, Chris began a second business, Sea Mist Development Group, general contracting residential homes, using his great sense of design in the finished details of each home.

Chris had a larger-than-life personality. Some of Chris's fondest memories include boating on Sebago Lake with family and friends. Chris loved to go snowmobiling in Rangeley where the Karageorges spent many winter weekends. Chris also loved spending time at the ocean.

During his entire life, Chris had a passion for anything with an engine, especially muscle cars and motorcycles. He meticulously maintained his 1969 Corvette and purple American IronHorse chopper.

Chris expressed his true loves by tattooing the names of his wife and kids on his left arm; his 'vette and chopper quickly followed on his right. Chris could often be found hanging out (in any garage) with his good friends or taking motorcycle rides with the "OCD gang" (you know who you are).

Chris was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in February 2010 and was given extremely grim odds of survival. He exceeded ALL expectations of the healthcare professionals, Maine to Boston, finding strength in his passion for life and his friends and the family he didn't want to leave. He showed everyone in his world just what he was made of.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of New England Cancer Specialists for the compassionate care Chris received over the years.

Chris was predeceased by his father, Yuri Karageorge.

He is survived by his mother, Venise Trafton, and sister, Svyla Karageorge of Florida; his loving wife, Laura; daughters, Arielle and Antonia; and son, Reno, of Scarborough; and many other family and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Chris's life at The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Rd., Scarborough, on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 1-4 p.m. with a ceremony from 1:30-2 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes. To view Chris's memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a contribution to the family
to benefit the education of Chris's children

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 31, 2018
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