ALASKA BRASS – High school brass musicians from around the state enrolled in the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Alaska Brass Workshop play at Odess Theater this afternoon during a free concert that also featured students in the camp's new String Chamber Music Intensive. Pictured are, from left, Tava Guillory, Sitka;Mark Davis, Haines; Hudson Adams, Sitka; Jacob Batchelder, Fairbanks; and Hanna Morrow, Kenai. The musicians will perform another free concert at Odess Theater Friday at 3 p.m. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Chris Rossow

Chris Rossow
Chris Rossow, a Sitkan, died in a motorcycle accident March 28, 2018, in Jomtien Beach, Thailand. He was 55 years old.
Chris was born Nov. 18, 1962, in Seattle, Wash., to George and Jackie Rossow.  He came to Alaska with his parents and brother, Greg, in 1973, settling first in Fairbanks and then moving to Sitka in 1976.
After graduating from Sitka High School in 1981, Chris worked at several local companies, including Service Transfer. He went on to obtain an associate of science degree from Linn Benton Community College near Corvallis, Oregon, in 1986.
He returned to Sitka and made the decision to become a journeyman electrician, subsequently joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a member of IBEW for the remainder of his life, working primarily in Alaska, but also in Washington, California and Hawaii.
In his younger years Chris enjoyed many days hunting, fishing, boating, and just spending time with his friends in Sitka.
He loved traveling and especially enjoyed opportunities to work in warmer climes such as California and Hawaii for periods of time. More recently, Chris had spent the winter months in Thailand with his girlfriend Nit and a strong circle of friends.
Throughout his life Chris was a gentle and caring soul, building lasting friendships wherever he spent time, especially in his hometown of Sitka.
Chris is survived by his older brother Greg Rossow of San Jose, Calif.; niece Kelsea Rossow, of San Jose; and nephew, Sean Rossow, of Lake Tahoe. 
He is also remembered by former sister-in-law, Jenny McDonough, of Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Chris was preceded in death by his parents, George and Jacklyn Rossow of Sitka.
A private cremation ceremony was held in mid-April in Thailand, and a celebration-of-life is planned 4 p.m. July 5 at the Sea Mountain Golf Course in Sitka.

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