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John Watson Christie, Jr. died August 3, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1926 to John W. Christie and Ruth Tracy Bigelow Christie. He was the youngest of six children. The family moved to Wilmington in 1931 when his father became the Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

John graduated from West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Maryland in 1944 and spent two years in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific. After the war, he went back to the Philippines and graduated from Silliman University in Dumaguete City. He returned to Delaware in 1954 and married Helen Bennett Brittain in 1955. John joined the sales force of Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation and spent his entire working career selling printing equipment and supplies.

John's grandfather, Robert Christie, bought property in Muskoka Lakes, Ontario in the early 1900s and built the main cottage in 1915. Two more cottages followed and the Christie Clan gathers there every summer. John loved fishing and boating and being with his siblings and their families.

John was a life-long member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Mayflower Society and enjoyed the camarderie of his follow travelers.

John was predeceased by his eldest son, John Rodes Christie and his five siblings, Catharine (Marshall) Dann, Pauline (Richard) Knapp, Robert (Elizabeth) Christie, Dana (Carolyn) Christie and Andrew (Carol) Christie.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen; his sons, Thomas (Roberta) and Curtis; and five grandchildren, Melissa, Brittain (Rachel), Alexander, Ruthie and Zachary. He is also survived by Helen's sister, Mary Burnam Brittain of Cokesbury; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806.

The Christie family is very grateful for all the tender care John received from the cheerful nursing staff at Kentmere.