Tue 18 May 2010
On Sunday, May 16th at 1:35 a.m., our fam & employee extraordinaire Cris Zepeda went home to the Lord. Cris suffered a massive head injury in a skateboarding accident on May 10th, and though he fought a strong fight for 5 days, his short but vibrant life on earth ended on Sunday. Cris had to be the kindest and most positive person that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting or working with in my entire life, and I, along, with everyone else here will miss his smile and his passion for life, as we will cherish his memories.
UPDATE: The wake will be at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on Thursday, May 20th, starting at 8 p.m. 3304 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 21st at 9 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA 22041. The procession will follow after the service to Fairfax Memorial Park, where Cris will be laid to rest.
Cris graduated from TC Williams High School in 2008, and had just finished his sophomore year at the Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Cris came to work at MAJOR as a part time associate in September 2009, and became an instant favorite around here, as his giant heart, and his positive can-do attitude played an integral part in the rebuilding of the MAJOR experience. Cris helped EVERYONE from owners, managers, employees to even problem customers. Cris always managed to keep a smile on his face, even under the toughest circumstances, and he always showed compassion and love towards others. If there was anyone that looked genuinely excited to be at work everyday, it was always Cris, and he made sure that everyone else cracked a smile, even if we were having a bad day, or things were stressful.
Cris was just a big kid, with a heart of gold. He really loved everyone, especially the kids, as he often played with my own 2 kids that referred to him as “Uncle Zee.” But Cris was also the most focused, and serious staffer we had at MAJOR, as his contributions to this store was monumental. He went by his daily tasks with precision, and focused on making sure that the customers were happy leaving through the door. On that Monday morning, before the boarding accident, I had just informed Cris that he had been promoted as an Assistant Manager. He was elated, and said “Thank you! I won’t let you down. I’ll do my best!” Those were the last words that I heard from him.
In my career and personal experience, I’ve met a lot of great people. But Cris Zepeda was truly the person with the biggest heart. He was humble, passionate, hard-working, fun and positive human being. We are all thankful for the privilege of knowing Cris Zepeda, and he touched a lot of people in his 19 years on this earth.
I, along with everyone here, am overwhelmed with the sadness of not being able to see Cris anymore. But he is with us forever… MAJOR fam for Life!
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