Christopher Stoneman Obituary

January 6, 2011

in News,Obituaries

NEW LONDON, N.H. — A service for Christopher Greek Stoneman, 83, who died Monday Jan. 3, 2011 will be held on Friday, Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Gould Road, New London, N.H. Rev. Canon Cricket Cooper, rector, will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Woodstock.
He was born July 9, 1927 in Plymouth, England, the first of four children.
At a young age, his family moved to London, where Christopher attended Dulwich College. Following two years of military service in the 16th Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army, he graduated in 1949 from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, with a degree in law. Later, he would organize the Sidney Sussex Foundation in the U.S., for which he was named a Fellow Commoner of the college.
In 1951, he immigrated to America where he attended the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1957. He became a partner at the New York firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler in New York, specializing in trusts and estates. In 1984, he joined the firm Downs, Rachlin and Martin in Burlington and went into solo practice in Woodstock until 1997. He also served briefly as a Vice President and Trust Officer for Green Mountain Bank and most recently as an estate-planning consultant to Vermont National Bank (now Chittenden Bank.)
Christopher had extensive experience in secondary school teaching, for which he developed a deep attachment. Upon completing Cambridge University, he began teaching French and Latin at several schools in England, In the U.S., he taught at Governor Dummer Academy, Woodstock Country School, the Buckley School in New York, and Proctor Academy.
From 1986-1989, he served as an adjunct faculty member in estate planning at the Vermont law School. Sacred choral music and operetta were vital to Christopher. He enjoyed many years as a volunteer with the Blue Hill Troupe and the Village Light Opera Group in New York.
Christopher Stoneman also had a passion for the written language and completed a Master’s degree in English and French at New York University. Throughout his life, he celebrated witticisms and penned verse for various occasions. In his later years, he produced a collected volume of his creative writing for each of his children to treasure.
Christopher is survived by his wife, Roberta Baldwin Stoneman. Christopher was a much beloved father of nine children by his former wife, Jane Russell Stoneman: Mark (deceased), Jonathan, Elizabeth, Andrew (deceased,) Nicholas, Timothy, Christopher, Spencer and Olivia. Together, his children and grandchildren formed a focal point of his life.
Memorial contributions may be made to KREM (Kearsarge Regional Ecumenical Ministries,) PO Box 1465 or to the KLS Community Food Pantry, PO Box 336, both New London, N.H. 03257.


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