Musician Chris Pietersz passes away
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of talented musician and old Peterite Chris Pietersz, aged 64.
Chris throughout his life was a larger-than-life character who by the virtue of his music brought joy, laughter and happiness to all those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Chris was an internationally recognised musician, and was extremely well known in the Australasian music scene together with Alston Koch and Dark Tan. Chris was one of the founding members of the Dark Tan line-up.
He also was one of the most charitable human beings, always ready to lend a hand (and a heart) as the anthem goes, to the Peterite cause in whatever shape or form that he could, frequently giving his time and expertise to us at no cost.
He will be sorely missed at our gatherings in the future and we will continue to honour his memory by organising the best possible events so that he could be proud of all of us.
Chris, when all is said and done, can be summed up as a true gentleman, entertainer extraordinaire and as we say in Australia an all-round good bloke. May that be his epitaph!
Chris’s funeral will be held on Monday, September 14, with a service at 11am at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 13 Park Rd, Cabramatta, followed by cremation at South Chapel, Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium, at 12.30pm. – Tribute sent by Fransz De Zilva.
Old boys and friends of Chris can pay their respects online by posting messages of condolence. Please use the form below to submit your words of sympathy. The post will be published after moderation and will appear on this page.
Messages of sympathy
Chris was a great entertainer and very generous with his time to help all old Peterites. He will be sadly missed. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to Chris’s family and friends.
– Lawrence Heyn
Chris, you were true Blue, White & Gold mate who was ever willing to help the Peterites. I remember very vividly having a conversation with you when I was searching for a back-up band for the reunion in 2008. You readily committed to our request and set the tone for the following reunions.
On behalf of the reunion committees, my condolences to Chris’s family. May he rest in peace.
– Rienzie Machado
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let Your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
– Malcolm Atton
To Trudy, Romany and the family of Chris – When Chris moved over to St Peter’s from St Benedict’s, he came and sat beside me. Chris was always full of life, with a winsome smile and a large heart. If my memory serves me right, he played for a band called the Sharps. (Not sure if it was a family band). Farewell dear Chris but not goodbye. Your memory will endure.
– Jitendra Pereira
Thank you for letting me know of the demise of Chris, which saddens me, as he too is in the recently released book “Heritage Of Song” which was compiled by Ishan Bahar. Please convey my deepest sympathies to his family. Even though I did not know Chris personally,the fact that he was an ex-Peterite is all that matters. May the Good Lord bless his family in the days ahead and give them strength to endure the pain, as they put to rest their loved one.
– Everard Hoffman
Chris, thanks for the memories that I have of you especially at the reunions.
– Kevin Gomez
I remember when Chris moved to college from St Benedict’s. Jitendra, Chris and I were classmates for many a year, and Chris always had that infectious smile. May you rest in peace, Chris.
– John Rodrigo
I met Chris as a teenager at Melford Crescent, Dehiwela, as he lived down Ebenezer Place. We played backyard cricket and rugby together with the local boys. He was a dedicated and talented musician even at that age. Deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones from Adele and me. We will remember you in our prayers.
– Dalston de Rozairo
Rest in peace Chris. Sadly missed. Condolences to his family.
– Murray Moldrich
Christi’s talents and versatility in music and entertainment is well known. So is his generosity.
I am thankful for the wonderful times we spent singing and messing around at his home at Ebenezer Place and Melford Crescent and also catching up with him whenever he came over to Melbourne. To Trudy and Romany my condolences. Rest peacefully Christopher.
– Royston Pietersz
Remember him very well – a stylish left-hand bat and if I am not mistaken lived in my home town Dehiwela. Condolences to his family and Chris, may you rest in peace.
– Edmund Paiva
I was looking forward to meeting up with you in Sydney for old time’s sake but sadly you’ve left earlier than expected. Love you as a person and a very talented musician. Rest in peace.
– Arden Foster
Chris was a classmate of mine in college in the ’60s. He was a very nice guy then and remained a true gentleman until his passing. A very good musician as well, and he will also be sadly missed by the music fraternity. My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family. Rest in peace Chris…
– David Stewart
I couldn’t have asked for a more caring and lovable cousin. You have left us too early and this world is a duller place without you. Rest in peace my beautiful cousin Christo.
– Melany Smith
Chris, to say you will be missed is an understatement. Remember your smiles and happy singing at my 50th and so many other get-togethers for college and friends. Thank you for the memories and rest in peace my friend.
– Lawrie & Roshan Machado
Christo you were a fabulous person with a heart of gold. You will be sadly missed by many. Condolences to Romany, Trudy and Christo’s family. Rest in peace Christo.
– Cheryl Aitken
Chris,as kids and Melfordians we all loved you for the joy you gave us through your music. You made our piano “talk”. So happy we met at the college reunion a few years back.
Your music will live on. Thanks for the memories. Rest in peace.
– Everard Serpanchy
Thank you for informing me about the demise of Chris. As we are all growing older and have to some day leave this world, being a musician myself I am sincerely grieved to hear of this loss. I cannot fathom how much the family must be feeling the loss of a great musician but also of a great father to his family. Please may you convey my sincere condolences to his wife and family and may the Lord Jesus give them the strength to carry on their lives with his blessings.
– Glen Outschoorn & family
Thank you for all the happiness you had given us all. Your infectious lough and sincere friendship we will always treasure. You guided me all those years ago when I started playing the guitar and I will miss your encouragement. Now rest my friend and may God be entertained by a truly amazing musician. Rest in peace Chris.
– Gary Pietersz & Oranie Diaz
I have not met Chris personally, at least I cannot remember so as he left college and Sri Lanka quite sometime back. I have heard of him and his achievements especially in the field of music. We Peterites have lost another great and talented musician (after Raddy Ferreira). May they meet in Heaven and once again display their talents in praising God Almighty.
Please convey my condolences to Chris’s family.
– Herman Gunesekera
Sadly, I never had the pleasure of meeting Chris but from the tributes I can see he was indeed a great Peterite. In life, Peterites must try to touch people and in death be remembered for the greatness of such a touch.
May his soul rest in peace and give strength to his family.
– Frankie & Jennet Hubert
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences at this time.
– Annesley Grero
Chris was a class senior to me at St Peter’s but I really got to know him in 1972 when we met in Sydney. We later played in Nightshift together from 1991 for over 15 years and during this time he became as close as family. Much has been said of Chris which sums up what he was. A master musician and a wonderful person gone too soon. Until we meet again Chris, our dearest friend, RIP.
– Guinn and Charmaine Ragel
Chris was a good mate and two weeks ago played at my mum’s funeral. He had a heart of gold. He played at all Peterite functions in Sydney and without a murmur was there to assist anyone. He is sadly missed by friends and acquaintances alike. I am certain he is entertaining at every club and social event in Heaven. May God bless his soul. RIP Chris, you earned your rest!
– Ron Piers
Chris was the most kind-hearted person I have ever met. He was very generous with his time and had organised the music for many of my occasions. I will treasure the time we spent together whether it was a catch-up at my house or at a restaurant. You will be greatly missed by me and my whole family.
– Hilary and Cheryl Pietersz
It is with heavy heart that I write this message on the passing of Chris Pietersz. Chris was my first cousin and I knew him in Sri Lanka and got to know him better in Australia through our music interests. He was a man of immense life and gave it his very best on every occasion. I had the pleasure of playing with Chris on a few gigs and on many jam sessions. His knowledge of music was unparalleled and I will miss him dearly.
– Raymond Bartholomeusz
Chris Pietersz, we miss you and will keep on missing you.
I met Chris when we both played with GABO & THE BREAKAWAYS
He played keyboards and I sang together with co-lead singer Priyanthi Manamperi. We “clicked” straight away because he was into everything. It was fun and we were enjoying every moment while we were on stage and it was with him that I wrote my first song St George’s Square which was played just once and abandoned as no one at the time was into “originals”.
He was very innovative and quick on the keys and St George’s Square turned into an “Elvis” song.
After a few years I left for Australia and we met up in Sydney with my classmate, best man and neighbour Billy Colin Thome, and together with Tyrone Ragel and Chris Connolly we formed DARK TAN.
Rushing through past photos I suddenly found this collection of photos he sent me and I am including these in a tribute to him with the Elvis song I sang for the first time with him although this particular track was recorded much later
From your buddy and close friend.
– Alston Koch
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I met Chris in 1974 at our first band practice in Ryde; Chris took time to help us with our music and really showed what a great person he is. From that time we became good friends. I did a lot of gigs on the Central Coast and other places with Chris and he always made me laugh. What a great loss of a humble man who really loved people. Chris loved his cricket and played a lot of social games with us. I will miss you mate. God bless you.
– Errol Diaz
The late Chris Pietersz performing at my birthday this May.
– Pierre Lawrence
Chris, the memories of the many impromptu music sessions down Melford way are indelibly etched in our minds. Your irrepressible sense of humour and persona were always a delight. I hope you have found perfect peace and harmony.
– Chris (Sandy) Serpanchy
Chris, I will never forget the fun times we had down Melford Crescent, playing rugby, badminton and various other sports with you and the rest of the buddies. May you rest in peace. I offer my deepest sympathies to Chris’s boys, sisters and their families.
– Nihal Jayawardene, Toronto
To Romany and Trudy, you have lost a wonderful brother so talented, kind and full of life and laughter. I know how sad it is for both of you. I know your mum and dad adored him. Rest in peace Christo, we all love you.
– Margot Koch
Dear Chris, I remember the good old days when we were kids playing all the games down Melford Crescent and the few years in college and of course your music which was always a joy to listen to. May you rest in peace.
– Dhayan Madawala