Obituary of Christopher G Tabiri
Christopher G. Tabiri, the first son and child of Brenda J. Cannon and Nicholas Tabiri, was
born on August 4, 1977. He unexpectedly departed this life on October 25, 2019.
Christopher, affectionately known as “Chris”, “Bundy” and “Bunz” by his friends and
family, was educated in the New York City Public School System. In 1995, he graduated
from Jamaica High School. For a period of time, he attended Technical Career Institute
(TCI College). In 2018, Chris accomplished a very important and personal goal when he
completed his higher education and graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelor’s
degree in Security Management.
In 2003, Chris began a fulfilling career in the Security field when he began working for the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In 2015, Chris began working at New York
University as a Public Safety Officer. Through his diligence, tenacity and hard work, Chris
was promoted to Sergeant in 2017. He remained in this position until his untimely passing.
In his position as Sergeant, Chris truly flourished. He was very passionate about his work
and had a keen perspective on the safety and security of the students at NYU. Because of
this, Chris was nominated as Sergeant of the month due to his professionalism while
advocating for students in need. Chris treated everyone fairly and with respect. He would
often say that “while at work, these kids (students) and their safety are my first priority.”
In 2007, Chris welcomed his first child and daughter, Samantha. Chris reunited with his
first and true love, Cherelyn Joy Stewart, and they married on November 12, 2014. From
this union, two children were born - their son, Chandler and daughter, Sylena. Wanting a
new start, the family relocated from Brooklyn, NY and established their residency in
Piscataway, NJ. Chris never made it a secret of how much he loved his wife and 3 children;
he would do anything for them because they were his world.
Chris was admired by many for his sense of style and was very particular about his
appearance. He had a wardrobe that could not be beat and was always dressed “so fresh
and so clean, clean”. With a closet full of sneakers and fitted caps, Chris always had the
right sneakers and hat to accent any outfit. Chris was also a sports enthusiast. As a
teenager, he spent countless days and nights playing basketball with his neighborhood
friends and his “brothers”. During football and basketball seasons and whenever Serena
Williams’ tennis matches were televised, Chris would be glued to the television. He also
had a daily routine of watching “Undisputed with Skip and Shannon” on Fox Sports.
Christopher’s spiritual nurturing and Christian education began as a child at New Star
Baptist Church in Queens, NY. During his time at New Star, he sang with the children’s
choir and developed a strong “father-son” bond, with the late Minister Stewart. Chris
would often reflect on how instrumental Minister Stewart was to his upbringing, maturity
and development as a man. As part of his ongoing spiritual growth and development,
Chris and his family attended services at Christian Cultural Center (CCC) in Brooklyn, NY.
It may be a surprise to some, but not to others, that Chris loved to cook - especially for his
family. Two of his family’s favorites were his fried chicken and spaghetti. His wife often
joked with him that his fried chicken was one of the reasons she said yes to his marriage
proposal. His brownies were often requested for events at New Star and were also a
“hot commodity” and family staple during the holiday season.
Chris was protective of and loyal to his friends and family. He loved to laugh, have a good
time and brought a special light and energy whenever he was around. He was an amazing
and respected man, a loving husband, doting father, wonderful son and brother and a great
friend to many. Simply put, “EVERYBODY LOVED CHRIS!”
Christopher leaves to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy ~ his wife, Cherelyn; two
daughters: Samantha ("Jaz") and Sylena ("Lena Belle"); one son, Chandler ("CJ"); mother, Brenda
Cannon; father, Nicholas Tabiri; one brother, Jonathan; two sisters, Beatrice and Taniqua;
nieces and nephews: Imani, Bria, Kayla, Khari, Chayce and Zynori; father-in-law, Willie C.
Stewart; sisters-in-law: Alicia, Lavonnia, Michele and Kiwan; life-long friends, "The Brothers";
a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, family, friends and his NYU Public Safety Department.
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