Chris J. Ciampa

May  25th, 1968 February  19th, 2024
Miami, FL
Chris J. Ciampa

Forever in our thoughts, always in our hearts.


Chris Ciampa's life was cut tragically short. Even though he could never live long enough, he really did live.

Chris was many things to many people. Beginning his career as a child actor, he certainly learned to take on roles with passion and fortitude. After his time as an actor, he became a visual effects artist, an inspiring teacher, and a leader in sales and marketing at Alta. He spent time on both coasts of the United States, most recently drawing in the culture and vibrancy of Miami with enthusiasm and excitement.

In his family, he was an incredible son, a heroic brother, a constant father, and a joyful nephew, uncle, and cousin. He had decades-long treasured friendships and a curiosity and openness to embrace new people.

There were no small roles in his life, but Chris was no small actor. In everything he did and in every place he occupied, he brought the same wonderful qualities that will make us miss him the most. Our hearts go out to all those who loved Chris, especially his father John and his son Craig. 

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March 14, 2024
It took me awhile to write to start writing a condolence note for someone so young and taken so early in life. I will miss Chris, he was such a wonderful and talented person, son, father, cousin. He had a great gift of listening and understanding. Chris always grasped life with a positive attitude no matter what life threw at him. I will miss his visits on the Cape every summer. We will all miss Chris. My heart breaks for you Uncle John, Craig and all who were close to him. Love Donna
Donna Ciampa DeStefano
March 8, 2024
He was tall-first impression of Chris from my 4'9" height. As my relationship with Chris grew my realization of just how complex he was became clear. Smart (both book and street) knowledgable in a wide variety of subjects and expert in more than a few, perceptive, athletic, ope hearted and open minded, polite, gracious, humble, giving in the most thoughtful ways, fun, positive, great sense of humor with superb communication skills are just some of the adjectives that come to mind in describing Chris. Chris was honest, inclusive, and curious - always learning. I treaSURE OUR TALKS AND TIME TOGETHER. FOR MY DEAR FREIND- I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU AND AM VERY GREATFUL THAT YOU ARE AT PEACE
Judith Hudson
March 6, 2024
Craig, my condolences to you and rest of the Ciampa family. Dear father in heaven, wrap your arms around this family and grant them the strength and peace during this time.He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3
March 2, 2024
My heart is heavy with the news of Chris’s passing. My prayers
and condolences are with my son Craig and his Grandfather (John). Chris’s light was a bright one and it shines still in Craig. I know Chris is singing beautifully with God’s angels now.
Kassinda Usher
March 2, 2024
Chris Ciampa will always be in my memory and heart. He was a phenomenal father to my grandson Craig. He was also an inspiration to all that knew him. Chris was creative and talented in so many areas, education, visionary arts, and business. However, for Chris his family brought him the most joy. John and Craig thank you for sharing Chris with my family. My prayers are with you and the other members of the Ciampa family and others who knew and cherished Chris.

Debra Porchia Usher
Debra Usher
March 2, 2024
I’m deeply saddened, I absolutely loved Chris!! What a talented and funny soul. Xoxo 🥰Craig your dad was awesome
Princess Deborah J. Smith
March 2, 2024
Can’t believe my cousin is gone. I know you’re up there enjoying a gin and tonic with my dad.
Joe Ciampa
February 29, 2024
Chris was one of the most caring and giving people I've ever met. He committed so much of his life to other people, including many who were complete strangers. Every time he visited our family, he would come bearing gifts. It's sad that we won't have more time with him, but I'm so grateful for the time he spent with me and his many other loved ones. Time was the greatest gift he gave any of his. He was always very present, quick to listen, thoughtful while he spoke, and attentive to everyone he was around. If I can be a bit more like Chris, I'll be proud to have internalized his impact on me.
PG Heffernan
February 25, 2024
Chris was an incredible guy. The first picture of Chris that I saw was of him in Cape Cod. He was holding the reel of an Alta balloon. He was looking up at the sky with a big delighted smile on his face. I asked John: “Who is that big guy?”, to which he replied: “It’s my son!!”.
I did not get to spend enough time with Chris. But when we did, we discussed work, movies, special effects, and life. Also, about his dad’s eclectic life and history... Chris was very supportive of everybody’s work. He was always polite and grateful. Goodbye Chris, “Much obliged, my friend” (as you would say).
Bertrand Dano
February 25, 2024
Chris was a terrific guy who will be sorely missed. I ran into him a few weeks ago on UM’s campus working on their new blimp project. We talked about my upcoming trip to New Zealand and he told me the story of him being invited to work on Lord of the Rings, which would take up to two years. He declined because Craig was recently born and he wouldn’t be away from his son, not even for an opportunity like that. He was a loving father and a good son. Sending love and hugs to everyone who loved him and hoping that your fond memories of him will give you comfort and joy.
Ben Starrett
February 24, 2024
I remember Chris as thoughtful and philosophical. When Chris was living with us in Rochester, I was a pre-teen at the time and was watching most adults and older kids for clues on what was important. Chris was deliberate in how he took in the world. I recall how carefully and respectively he processed what he was learning. In retrospect, it was a gift to absorb and be influenced by that conscientiousness. Chris was a caring and principled person. He was so kind to me. And I've also come to learn, as would suprise no one, that he brought the same compassion and thoughtfulness to others throughout his entire life.

I'm adding some photos that my mom found as well.
Anne Stern
February 24, 2024
Death lives between the lines of everything I write or read
Death shadows everything that shines and cancels everything I need
“Passed away,” “taken from us,” “gone to rest” which pseudonym is best
Death lives between the breath of everyone I’m close to
Yet we never talk of it; are we supposed to
Death is lurks behind everything I say
Death humbles me to pray
In the name of the father
Death took my son
John ciampa
February 24, 2024
Nothing comes of everything I need.
Death shadows everything that shines.
Death lives between the lines.
Of everything I read
Passing taken to rest.
Which of these pseudonyms is best?
Death lives between every breath of everyone I'm close to.
We never talk of death.
Are we supposed to?
That is behind everything we say.
Humble me to pray.
In the name of the father
Death took my son.
John Ciampa
February 23, 2024
I have only known Chris for a short time since December of 2023, but I wish that I could have known him earlier and could have worked with him on so many exciting things. He is such a nice person.

I still remember a few weeks ago when he was helping us collect data with his new blimp at UM. We were so excited about future projects to collaborate on, and about how my colleagues from our workshop in January have already been planning with him on upcoming field experiments everywhere in the U.S. He is clearly very devoted and proud of his work. Unfortunately, everything happened so fast.

Chris, may you rest in peace. You will be deeply missed.
Yang Wang
February 23, 2024
In Memory of Chris,

Though our time knowing you was brief, the impact you made on our hearts will last a lifetime. Your sudden departure has left a big void, for you were indeed a gentle giant whose presence radiated warmth and kindness.

Your caring nature, empathy, and brilliance, reminiscent of your father's, shone brightly in every interaction we shared. We were eagerly anticipating the moments we would spend together in Miami, nurturing a friendship that held such promise and joy.

The depth of our sadness at your untimely passing is immeasurable. Yet, amidst the shock and grief, we find solace in the memories of your love for your son Craig, spoken of with such tenderness and pride. Your legacy of love and devotion will forever be cherished.

Though you may no longer walk among us, your spirit lives on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing you. May your soul find peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father, and may your memory be a guiding light, inspiring us to live with compassion, empathy, and love, just as you did.

Rest in the peace of Christ, dear Chris. You will be deeply missed and will forever remain in our prayers and in our hearts.

Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Ciampa family, and in particular to Craig and our beloved John.

With heartfelt condolences,
Astrid and Stuart Beharry
Astrid Malval-Beharry
February 23, 2024
With deepest sympathy and profound sadness, Lucille & I offer John, Craig, Pidg and the Ciampa family our condolences and prayers that God will comfort Chris and provide him a place in Haven to share paradise with his Aunts and other Ciampa family members who already enjoy their place in Haven.

Chris, may you rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon you. Chris is now in Gods Hands and he will always remain in our hearts & memories.
Steve Colacurcio
February 23, 2024
My apology to viewers. My photos of Chris are not uploading.
Sue Stewart
February 23, 2024
A few pictures.
Sue Stewart
February 23, 2024
Chris Ciampa was a very good human being. He cared deeply about the other people in his life. Chris was a single father who did an excellent job raising his son Craig. Chris was an inventive visual effects artist. He was a first class teacher regularly voted the best and most popular teacher in his school. Chris lived with John and me and my children Anne and Mark in Rochester for a few years while attending grad school. Thereafter he kept in touch sending me emails and mother's day flowers year after year. Recently Chris moved to Florida from California to be near his father and help lead his business. Chris Ciampa was a very good human being and he will be deeply missed.
Sue Stewart
February 23, 2024
John, I am so said for you and your family. All I can say is you were blessed to have him for so many years, but not long enough.. My prayers will focus on giving you peace and rest during these difficult times.
February 23, 2024
Dear John and Family-

I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your son, Chris. My heart goes out to you and your family during this incredibly difficult time. Losing a loved one, especially a child, is an unimaginable pain, and I can't begin to fathom the depth of your grief.
May the memories of Chris bring sunshine to cloudy days...

Thoughts and prayers to each of you...
Tony Loperfido
Tony Loperfido
February 23, 2024
I can't believe I lost my best friend and son, so I won't. Only the body dies his soul will rest his love and kindness Witt too will live in my heart
John Ciampa
February 22, 2024
Dear Chris,

I miss you already. I look back in regret that we didn't spend more time together. I remember your intelligence, humor and just how wonderful you were relating to kids. I am grateful that you spent your final years close by to your Dad, whom, I know you loved very much.

I imagine you to be riding your bike in heaven now, impressing all with your encyclopedic trivia knowledge. Perhaps in heaven, you can enjoy seafood and meat. because surely food in heaven is sustainability farmed.

Bless you, my friend. May you rest in peace

Tammy (still not a Vegan)
Tammy Tullis

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