Christopher Bailey Foote, age 62, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at his home in Deephaven early Sunday morning July 11. Chris (Coco to his grandchildren) was preceded in death by his loving parents, H. Stanwood and Ellie Foote, his baby brother Howard, and his brother-in-law Jack Hastreiter. Crushed by his loss are his wife Diane (of 23 years, 8 months), his appreciative stepchildren, and their spouses: Erika and Matt Ramsey, Lindsay and Josh Brotemarkle, Ned and Molley Bruce, David and Jenny Bruce; and his adoring fan-club of grandchildren — Ellen and Noah Ramsey, Lila and Silas Brotemarkle, Dane and Annika Bruce, and Libby and Betsy Bruce.
Chris is also survived by his sister Didi Hastreiter, nephew John and wife Karen and their children Rachel, Max, Anthony, Charles, Celine, and Sean; nephew Erich and wife Rachel and their children Benedict, Luciana, Genevieve, Nicolette, and Leo; niece Kim and husband Nick and their children Stanley, Quentin, and Eloise; brother John and wife Polly with John’s children Betsy and son Andrew; and brother Gregory.
Chris graduated from Minnetonka High School, the University of Minnesota, and Atelier School of Fine Art. His educational life was exemplary. He excelled academically in all his studies with credit going to his natural God-given intellect, artistic & creative skills, and quest for knowledge . . . despite his God-given spirit of prankstering. He was the most kind, honest, gentle, caring, creative, faith-filled, loyal, and intelligent person. He could also discuss Plato and Archimedes without hubris and still have the most joy entertaining grandchildren with puppet shows and a variety of pranks. His devotion to family was unwavering.
Chris was a creative and accomplished artist. He illustrated and published a weekly comic for kids, Doodles, featured in comic sections of papers across the country. He also mastered fine art paintings and sketches in more serious veins. His music interests were deep and complex, ranging from guitar to pop, to Renaissance, and the classics. He also loved Elvis!
Even with all these gifts, his Catholic faith was his core; he lived his life faithfully adhering to its teaching, to its history, and to the love of Jesus’ teaching required of all humanity. He lived his faith to the fullest without preaching or showmanship. He was a pillar of strength without preaching. Even with his many God-given gifts, he was indeed the most humble of men.
Wake for family and friends will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, July 16, 2021, at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata. Mass will be on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm at The Church of Saint Agnes, 535 Thomas Avenue W., Saint Paul.
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