Christopher Jordan Bramah, who lived a life of joy that was repeatedly upended by drug addiction, died suddenly on Thursday, October 31st in Albany. He was just 25 years young.
Chris was a unique individual in many ways: a devoted hunter who hated having to use mousetraps, an enthusiastic singer of country music and Southern rock as well as rap, and a frequent city dweller who dreamed of a home in remote Alaska. But Chris also became, tragically, part of a statistic -- one of the 30,000 people who die in this country every year from an opioid overdose. As in so many of those stories, he thought he had it beat this time. Free of opioids for 11 months, Chris was reintroduced to them by a prescription pain medication after a recent injury. Within two weeks he was dead, depriving family, friends and those he had not yet met but who would have loved him in the future of a happy guy with a winning smile, a mischievous sense of humor, a zealotry for watching racing at Lebanon Valley Speedway and an abiding pleasure in spending time with those he cared about. Born March 9th 1994, in Schenectady, Chris grew up in Rensselaer and Columbia counties, attending Maple Hill High School and Ichabod Crane High School. He soon joined his mother, sister and two brothers in Florida, a state he loved for its fishing, its beaches and the time it afforded him with his nieces and nephews Jimmy, Alexander, Emerson, Harmony and Braden. While there, Chris began to work in the utility industry, a path he hoped would lead to college, a secure career and a family of his own.
When Chris was drug-free, his eyes were bright, his laugh was quick and his appetite for food encompassed everything from McDonald’s to fine dining and global cuisine, although he would not eat his sisters cooking. He loved helping his nephew with new skateboard tricks and would frequently facetime his niece to watch her horseback riding lesson. Chris loved being with family. Christopher Jordan Bramah is survived by his parents, Terri Bramah of Florida and James Bramah (Lauren) of Kinderhook, sister Anissa Alonzo of Florida, brothers Jim Bramah of Florida and Paul Bramah of Albany; grandmother Janice Malmberg of Hudson; Nieces and Nephews Jimmy, Alexander, Emerson, Melody, Harmony and Braden and aunts and uncles that loved him dearly. He was also survived by his step-siblings Steven and Julia.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 11:00am at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie, with Rev Nick Becker officiating. Burial will follow in Kinderhook Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 6-8pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Chris’s name to The Drug Alcohol Abuse Foundation 400 S Swinton Ave Delray Brach, FL 33444