This page is dedicated to share memories from people whose lives has been touched by Christopher.
Christopher was born in Winchester, raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High Class of 2001 and attended Bunker Hill Community College. He worked for the MDC (now DCR) as the coordinator for the visitor center at Breakhart Reservation in Saugus for 5 years which is now named the Christopher P. Dunne Visitor’s center in his honor. As a young entrepreneur at the age of 12 he started the Soda & Snack Vending Machine Company which he had run for 12 years and continues today. Chris had Spina Bifida since birth but refused to let the disease be a handicap to him. He enjoyed playing wheelchair ice hockey, swimming, basketball, skiing with the handicap at Waterville Valley, traveling and had been a Red Sox season ticket holder for over 6 years. He volunteered at Melrose PPS, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, the Stride Rite Corporation and taught CCD at St. Mary's Church in Melrose. In high school he received the Melrose High Service Award. I learned so much from my time with Christopher that words could not explain.
When I first met Christopher as a mentor
"Going to preschool together in bodycasts... going to wheelchair sports and prank calling each other on the intercom... dancing at our semiformal... our plan in preschool to get married in my purple wedding dress and have Kraft mac and cheese for our wedding dinner."
Lindsay with Santa at the Marketplace
In autumn of 1995, I was invited to go to the original first site visit of The Soda and Snack Stop with Christopher and his father Richard. During this time, I realized how much behind the scenes work there was running a vending machine business and how many steps such as loading the machines, checking inventory, deciding what products sell the best and most importantly, counting the money...