Obituary of Christopher Richard Flint
January 18, 2022
Flint, Christopher Richard age 50, passed away unexpectedly at his home in New York City on January 18, 2022. He is survived by his wife Keisha (Crossbourne); children Amalie and Ashton; parents Richard and Carol; siblings James (Xinyan) of Florida and Laurie (Maxwell) Bremer of Minneapolis; nephews Matthew, Kenny, Samuel and Noah; niece Sara; mother-in-law Carol (Allan) Chan of Orlando; and sister-in-law Vanessa Longshaw of New York City; as well as many other loving family and friends. Preceded in death by brother Thomas, and by grandparents Newell and Leilla Flint, Wilma and Ned Crain.
Chris was born in Minneapolis, MN on January 11, 1972 with his twin sister. A 1990 graduate of Orono High School, he attended George Washington University, earning a BA in political science in 1994. After graduation, Chris spent a year in Spain before moving to New York City to join Credit Suisse Asset Management in the equity derivatives business. While working he completed an Executive MBA from Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia in 2001, he moved to Tokyo to run trading for CSAM. In 2003 he again returned to New York, where he was a founding member of Sansar Capital Management, and later founded Maha Advisors as a Managing Partner. Chris met his loving wife in the Fall of 2005, and he and Keisha were married in Jamaica in 2011. He was a doting and devoted father to their children. Known for his quick wit and clever sense of humor, Chris was also a dedicated member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York and served on the committee to call their current Pastor. He loved the North woods of Wisconsin and traveled there often on hunting trips and to visit family. He had a special connection to Bob Dylan, Kanye West, and Bob Marley. He was known to refer to their lyrics when conventional language wouldn't suffice. An avid runner, he often rose with the sunrise to jog through any city or countryside in which he found himself.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to The Retreat – Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center of Minnesota.
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Chris was a phenomenal guy and I worked with him in Sansar capital. He was always smiling and had a great sense of humour. I would always remember his smile.
Posted by: VISHAL GUPTA - Singapore, - January 21, 2022
My dear friend, I'm heartbroken for your family and sad we will never share our times together in NY or Asia again. Just know you are well in my thoughts. I will never forget you.
Posted by: Ben Suttie - Sydney, - January 22, 2022
I am so saddened to hear about Chris. I have always loved hearing stories about him! I am keeping your family and especially his children in my prayers. Love- Sara
Posted by: Sara Throndson - , MN - January 22, 2022
I was lucky enough to get to know Chris through church, where he was always a generous, thoughtful, and just plain fun presence. Our community was stronger and more vibrant with him in it.
You will be deeply missed, my friend.
Posted by: Lara Mullarkey - New York, NY - January 22, 2022
I first met Chris when I began working at Credit Suisse. Quickly, I realized, I found the brother I wish I had. Throughout the years he helped me in so many ways. I will always be grateful for his friendship. Rest In Peace, you will be missed.
Posted by: Nicholas Ruggiero - Glen Ridge, NJ - January 22, 2022
I was honored to be your teacher and part of your family many years ago. Recently my daughter had the priviledge to teach your children and be part of your family,too. This is awesome! I am so thankful! I met you when you were a teenager and after I met you several years ago, you hadn't lost your sense of humor.Thanks for all the moments we shared, you will always be in our hearts.
Posted by: Rosa Subiñas - Spain, - January 22, 2022
I am really grateful that I met you and your family. Everyone treated me like I was part of the family. I remember when I first met you, my mom talked to me about all the things y'all did in Minnesota. And when I went there it was like I was living my mom's life, I remember one day we went to see the house my mom was staying in and you told me a lot of stories. You have always been a traveler and always had a lot of experiences to talk about. Ashton and Amalie loved you and admired you. Thank you for opening the doors of your house and trusting me and for all the fun moments we had. I had a lot of fun knowing you and I will forever be greatful that I met you.
Posted by: Maria Molina - , - January 22, 2022
My condolences to you and your family
Posted by: Blossom Cole - Orlando, FL - January 22, 2022
Chris was a well respected and loved member of the NYC Asia Traders crew back in the day. So much fun hanging out. So many good memories. The one that stands out was the first time he dropped his Spanish skills on me...I made fun of his 'th' and 'z' and he made fun of my spanglish. RIP my friend.
Posted by: Hugo Molina - , - January 22, 2022
I am shocked reading Chris' passing just now. My heart goes out to his wife and children. What a terrible loss. Chris was a lovely man and a fighter for what he believed in. I loved and respected him. May he Rest In Peace
Posted by: Frank Arends - Haarlem,The Netherlands, - January 22, 2022
Chris was an amazing lively and helpful person. I worked with him for many years at Sansar capital. While in NYC, I used to work late night and we would engage in many conversations with Nate around. When I moved to Singapore, we had good time together. He came home also once to meet my family. After Sansar we were in touch on LinkedIn and will exchange a chat once in a while. I am shocked that he is no more. RIP my friend.
Posted by: PAWAN SACHDEVA - Singapore, - January 23, 2022
Chris was an amazing father. I'm his son's teacher and know how much he loved his father. Chris was always so supportive and wanted what was best for his son. Sending love to all that are touched by this great loss.
Posted by: Manda Miller - , - January 23, 2022
A solid citizen and human being with a kind soul. I’ve known Chris since the early 2000’s, we just swapped emails a few weeks ago. He will be missed, among others, certainly by the Tokyo/Asia trading crew. RIP brother. Keisha I am here.
Posted by: Troy - , - January 23, 2022
Chris was a loyal and supportive friend for over twenty years. He had a remarkable sense of humor and liked to laugh at his own jokes. My last text from him was at Christmas time onboard a flight to Florida with the family. He attached a picture of Amalie sitting next to him and a picture of Ashton "behind the wheel" in the pilot's seat. He loved his kids.
Go rest high on that mountain Chris.
Posted by: MaryEllen Sweeney - NEW YORK, NY - January 23, 2022
I am so sorry that this happened. My condolences to his beautiful wife and his children. With great sorrow, April Andres
Posted by: April Andres - Nyc, NY - January 21, 2022
Chris was a great person, a loving husband and father and I always enjoyed talking with him over the years at Church. Chris gave generously of his time for the things he believed in. He had a great sense of humor and you couldn't help but see the lighter side of things with him. Rest in heaven, you will be dearly missed.
Posted by: Iberedem Ekure - Jersey City, NJ - January 23, 2022
Chris and I started at the same time at Sansar Capital right before its launch. Even though we were about the same age, I was new to the industry and he was already a veteran. He couldn't have been nicer or more generous in guiding me, consistently looking out for me. He had genuine kindness. He seemed almost as excited as I was when he heard I would be going on my first trip to Tokyo, where he had lived for some time. He immersed himself in my trip's preparation to make sure I had the best introduction to the city. I was always impressed by how grounded he was, particularly given the excesses of our industry. Later in life, I was so happy to see how devoted and deeply caring of a father he had become and how Keisha and the children made him so happy. It is devastating to see him go in his prime. He will be terribly missed.
Posted by: JC de Swaan - New York, - January 23, 2022
" For a christians' death is not gloom but glory"I pray the Lord will comfort you and give you peace as you grieve. So sorry for your loss.Sending you prayers and love always.
Posted by: Jacqueline Morrison - Jamaica West Indies, - January 24, 2022
Dear Keisha, Amalie and Ashton, we are really sorry about your lost.
Chris was a very important part of our Family and we are shocked about he is passing away. We did not believe it and still not imagine he is gone, but his memories will be in out hearts and thoughts all the time, always, POR SIEMPRE.
Back in 1988, as an exchange student program, from Orono High, Chris lived in our Home at Monterrey, Mexico. he attented at the near school, he learn some Spanish here with us, but after Spain ,he dominated the Spanish very well.
Chris was part of our family during the time he spent in Monterrey, so many great memories. We never loose contact again, he was already part of the family, and see each other every time we possible could.
So mant Great meomories, he was a great person, a great friend, a great brother a great son and of course a great Husband and father.
Our tears will be never be dry and he always be remember. We wil miss his fanny comments to make you feel better and his great sense of humor.
Your Mexican Family :
Lilia, Carlos, Roberto and Alejandro Gloria and also of behalf of Carlos and Tita Gloria, whom loved him very much).
Posted by: Roberto Gloria - Monterrey, Mexico, - January 24, 2022
Chris was a friend in high school and the secret class clown (teachers were oblivious to his antics)! Lots of great memories!!! It was so nice to have known him!!! My condolences to all the family members.
Posted by: Debbi Tolbert - Spring Park, MN - January 24, 2022
I'm truly sorry for your loss.
We would like to express our deepest condolences and pray for our souls.
I would like to share my memories of Chris with his cherished children.
Chris and I met as a business customer and person in charge in our late twenties.
At that time, Chris was working for an investment management company in New York and I was taking charge of overseas clients in Tokyo.
He appreciated my work and pushed me to advance my career by moving to another company. Since then, he always supported me through my career.
Chris was always fair to everyone and serious about his work as a professional.
Also, he always valued the relationship with the people around. When he was assigned to Tokyo to setup a new team, he always thought about the harmony of his team-mates.
It's almost 20years ago, but still a very good memory that Chris attended my wedding in Tokyo.
After Chris returned to New York, I visited him at his office in the building of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He was surrounded by many artworks in the office, and I was very impressed with his deep knowledge of the artworks.
I think it's very sad for you to miss such a wonderful father, but please be proud of your father and live a happy life.
If there are anything I can help, please do not hesitate to ask me. I think all his friends can also help you.
We all wish your happiness that your father wanted most.
Posted by: Katsuya Matsubara - Tokyo, Japan, NY - January 25, 2022
Me heart aches again for the Flint family on the loss of another son. I will always have such fond and cherished memories of Chris even the fingertip one.
Our family shares your sadness and sends their condolences.
Posted by: Jean Cushman - Afton, MN - January 25, 2022
In high school and beyond, I remember Chris being charismatic, confident and funny (and good-looking!), the type of person that everyone liked to be around. Those traits must have served him well as he pursued his career. In just the past year, my husband got to know him when Chris invested in his company. Chris attended all of his investor calls, and my husband found him to be kind, a great supporter, and to have a sharp business mind.
Chris clearly adored his kids, and they can be proud of who their father was, and the smile, humor and friendship he brought to those who were lucky to know him.
Posted by: Nell Smith - Orono, MN - January 25, 2022
I used to talk to Chris when he was at Sansar and met him in NYC on a personal trip one evening while he was trading Asian markets. Gone too soon. Condolences to his family
Posted by: Srinivas Padmasola - , - January 26, 2022
I met Chris and Keisha in December of 2013 on a water taxi sailing between St. Kitts and Nevis. Two days later we all took a tour of Nevis with a Morel Claxton. Our three hour tour turned into a six hour tour and we all met for dinner that night at Sunshines. Because Keisha and Chris are such warm, kind, smart, and fun people; our vacation friends quickly became our real friends. In addition to wonderful memories in Nevis, I have ten years of memories in NY. Keisha had just learned she was pregnant when we first met, and shortly there after I attended her baby shower. I have great memories of bringing my kids to walk around Washington Square Park with their family, and Chris and Keisha have gone out of their way to welcome me when I travel to NY alone.
Posted by: Heather Bickley - Media, PA - January 26, 2022
Chris was such a dynamic cousin! Eric (My husband) and I used to vacation at the family cabin in the summer. Because my favorite thing in the world is sailing, he would take me out on the catamaran and we would yack away about life and quote lyrics from our favorite musician, Bob Dylan. This is how I will always remember him: kind, funny, philosophical, and the life of the party.
He also took us around NYC right after 911. Talked about the tragedies all around him and near misses of destruction. Like the day of, instead of jogging around the area around the world trade center, he went another route.
We had all three of our children with us and only one day to see the sights. He went warp speed and took us to all the important landmarks, he had us all give thumbs up (which was always his signature photo pose letting everyone know he's A-OK), then he whisked us off to the next stop.
The last memory was at the cabin, He had hyped up all the scary thing like rabid bats in the boat house, and the monstrous Musky at the drop off, and then how fun it would be for Eric, him, and I to go out there in the middle of the night. we of course did and some how we all got the worst stomach flu of our lives. Our son, Jonathan was only about 2 yrs old and we couldn't get out of bed so grandma, Carol, and uncle Dick had to entertain him for us as we tried to heal enough to get packed up and on the plane that afternoon.
But somehow Chris made every adventure memorable and the highlight of each trip. Good of bad, I was always glad for anytime we got to be with him. I am sure as soon as he got some time in heaven he looked down on all of us and gave a big thumbs up, just to let us know he's A-OK
Posted by: Pamela Peterson - Flagstaff, AZ - January 27, 2022
Hi Keisha, You have always been a ray and light and joy. Be well. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones. - Scott Maidel
Posted by: Scott Maidel - Sonoma, CA - January 28, 2022
Dear Keisha I am truly sorry to hear the news from John and pls accept Anjna and my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you and Amalie and Ashton. It seems like just yesterday Chris and I had dinner in the fall at city winery. Pls let us know if we can help in any way. Will miss Chris RIP.
Posted by: Sanjay Motwani - New York, NY - January 29, 2022
Dear Keisha I am truly sorry to hear the news from John and pls accept Anjna and my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you and Amalie and Ashton. It seems like just yesterday Chris and I had dinner in the fall at city winery. Chris was a phenomenal guy and I was so happy for him with how settled he was with his life, family and upcoming fund launch. I have fond memories of our time at Sansar staying up till the wee hours of the night trading and exchanging ideas and laughs. He was not only a great employee but turned into a great friend too. We will definitely miss him and pls us know if we can help in any way. RIP.
Posted by: Sanjay Motwani - New York, NY - January 29, 2022
We are so very sad to hear of Chris' passing and send you much love and strength.
Amy Frisch and Rob Magill, FPC
Posted by: Amy Frisch - New York, NY - January 30, 2022
Condolences to his loving wife and children. May Chris Rest In Peace. His goodbye came too soon.
Posted by: Deloris Hepburn - Atlanta, GA - January 31, 2022
Your dad was my first trading partner, friend, and colleague. We worked together at a company called BEA, which became Credit Suisse Asset Management. Before your father moved to Tokyo, he and I worked trading the Asian markets at night from a building on 53rd St. and Lexington Ave. Every night it was just me, your dad, and the night guards in the lobby. We´d order dinner, eat on the trading desk in front of our Bloomberg screens, and talk about anything and everything. I was always struck by just how nice your father was to everybody. He was `Midwestern nice´. He was kind, a good listener, and a great friend. He was serious, and at the same time funny in a witty way. While I was a couple of years older, I think I learned as much from him as he did from me. I probably should have told him that more often. I had a nickname for your dad that I don´t think anyone else used. I called him `one eleven´. When we were trading in that building every night - sweating in the summer because they turned the air conditioning off at night to conserve energy - your dad used to check his bank balance often (like - every night). He had to tell the representative on the phone his birthdate (well before all of this info was available online), and he´d whisper into the phone `one - eleven - seventy two´. After a while I just started calling him `one eleven´. That name stuck - with just the two of us - and it was very recently that I was texting him `Happy 50th one-eleven´. Your dad used to brag about your mom, and the two of you. He was so proud of you and loved your mother dearly. I would call him when we received your holiday card and tell him how you were both the cutest kids I´d ever seen, and he´d quickly remind me that it was your mother who deserved all the credit. He was right! Most importantly, he loved you and was such a proud husband and father. You´ll have your own memories, but please know how well respected your dad was by so many people. When he passed away, I received so many texts and calls from friends who used to work in the business with your dad and me. They used words such as `kind´, `smart´, `passionate´, `entrepreneurial´, `excited´, and `thoughtful´. Your dad was all of those things, and more. As you get older, you´ll likely be some combination of mom, dad and you. That´s a very special combo! You´ll do great things, and your dad will still be super proud of you, looking down with that smile and cheering you from up high. Mike Gitlin
Posted by: Mike Gitlin - , - January 31, 2022
I last saw Chris not too long ago for an early morning coffee post New Years. He seemed good, he seemed happy and psyched about how things were going in his life. Chris and I spoke every few months about something, sometimes art, or travel and sometimes cars. We both loved cars! Chris was also slowly teaching me about the world of crypto, something he was passionate about, and something he implored me to investigate. He was also coaching and pushing me, in a supportive way, to check out NFT as it related to my art practice.
Chris was always excited something and happy to share his enthusiasm! There were times that we were closer, and recently I could have reached out more, but I knew that when he and I spoke it was if no time had passed.
I know this for sure; Chris loved his family dearly and he talked about being a dad a lot. He will be sorely missed by many, many people. This is such a tragic loss to so many. I send my heart felt condolences to Keisha and the kids. We have all lost a dear friend. Rest easy my friend, you are already missed by me.
Posted by: Rodney Durso - New York, NY - February 1, 2022
My condolences to Chris' family. I am comforted by the memories of time spent with him, his kindness, and his humor. From 2002 to 2016, our paths frequently crossed and it was always a joy to interact with him.
Posted by: Robert Bagel - Yucca Valley, CA - February 1, 2022
Christopher was a kind, generous and lively young man, with a signature smile and a great sense of humor. He loved his family and enjoyed nature. I met Mr. Christopher (as only I called him), at the First Presbyterian Church where he was an active member. He never shied away from his responsibilities and no task was too big for him to undertake. I got to know him on a personal level since I work with the family. He called me the alarm, because every morning at 6:50, his door bell rang :):). We shared random conversations mixed with humor from time to time. One of my most remembered conversation was him asking me what I did before moving to New York. It took me by surprise, when he responded "have you ever thought about working in the cooperate world?" With a giggle...sounds good, but I like what I do. Besides it is my way of giving back. He looked at me and with his signature smile, said "let me know if you change your mind". That was Mr. Christopher, always ready and willing to help. He will be missed and remembered fondly. To us he may be gone too soon, but God has bigger plans for him. May he Rest In Peace!
Posted by: Esther Gowrie - New York City, MN - February 1, 2022
Posted by: Reuben Jacob - , - February 2, 2022
Dearest Keisha, Amalie, Ashton & Family,
We will always remember Chris with fondest memories, his smile, warm demeanor, and sense of humour. It was especially great to have been able to celebrate that Christmas together up here in Canada, at the Futura house in Richmond Hill, many years ago. We were blessed to have known him, and we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are sorry to not be able to be there to say our farewells in person, but we are with you all in spirit, and praying for the strength of Jesus to hold, comfort and protect you all, and may He give you peace.
All our love and deepest condolences,
Greg, Cat, Sebastian, Tristan & Cedric
Posted by: Gregory Yee - Newmarket, - February 2, 2022
The first time I met Chris was at a business meeting. At the time it was a business I knew little about and one he could not have been more comfortable and experienced in. He could have easily brushed off the meeting and never thought about it, or me, again but that was not the man he was. He always picked up my call and quickly became the person I would turn to for advice in countless situations. Before long the conversations we were having had little to do with business and focused more on the larger aspects of life. The only time I saw him more proud than when he married Keisha was when he became a father. He constantly talked about his children and their accomplishments and the only thing you would take away from it was how much he loved them. I will always be appreciative of his guidance, support and the friendship we had. Keisha, Amalie and Ashton I am deeply sorry for your loss. Chris was loved by many and will truly be missed.
Posted by: Colin Drowica - , - February 2, 2022
At this time of sorrow, please know that all of the people who were lucky enough to consider Chris a friend will keep his memory with us forever. I knew him better when we were in our college years and in our 20s, but I was always happy when our paths crossed, and we reconnected. Even just a few months ago we spent time catching up over the phone. I miss him. My deepest and sincerest condolences to his loved ones.
Posted by: Judd Merkel - , - February 3, 2022
On behalf of BLN, we extend our deepest condolences and prayers, to you and your family.
Posted by: Larry Lawrence - NY, NY - February 3, 2022
I knew Chris in college and was his roommate junior year at GW. We recently reconnected this past year and it was great to learn about his work in the new field of defi and crypto. I can't believe he is gone. My heart goes out to his family and children. In college, he was the life of the party and could recite movie lines into normal conversation which was always hilarious. So many good memories. In hoc, Nino.
Posted by: Nino Kader - , - February 5, 2022
I’ll always remember how great it was to watch Chris with Amalie and Ashton. He was a doting dad who they absolutely adored. I remember when I visited the family with my own young son, he tried to make him feel at home. From the very first time Zuri and I met him, he was welcoming and engaged us in conversation. When he found out we were having boy-girl twins, he shared his own experience growing up as a twin and offered meaningful lessons and advice we will always remember. He has touched the lives of so many including ours and I am grateful to have known him.
All our love to Keisha, Amalie, and Ashton. You can always count on us.
The Richards Family
Posted by: Trudy Richards - , - February 6, 2022
My deepest condolences to Chris's family and loved ones. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss.
My friendship with Chris goes back over twenty-five years. We first met when he was trading Asian markets with Mike Gitlin, who has written a lovely post elsewhere on this page. Although the relationship started professionally, we soon became friends. Among the many calls to traders I made each day, the call to Chris was one I looked forward to as we discussed the news, markets, and our lives. Those conversations continued long after the business relationship. We had lunch only last month and talked about his kids (as he always did), his beloved wife (as he usually did), and the new business he was launching. The news of his death such a short time later was so sudden and shocking I still have trouble believing it. Sitting at his funeral yesterday, and watching the grief of his family and loved ones, the sad truth of it slowly began to sink in.
The funeral highlighted for me the many places that our lives had intersected. I had never met Chris's sister Laurie, but Chris had referenced being a twin and talked about her so often I felt like I knew her. When Chris's brother James spoke, he mentioned riding motorcycles to Mount Fuji with Chris in Japan. A picture of that day (or one like it) is printed on the funeral program with Chris sitting on his Ducati. I was with Chris at the Ducati dealership when he bought the motorcycle in that picture; we had a debate on the necessity of buying the after-market Termignoni exhaust. I remember when Chris told me that his brother was coming to Japan, how excited he was, and all the plans he was making for the trip. He asked if he could borrow my bike for his brother and their ride, which of course I agreed to. I remember meeting his wife Keisha for the first time. I had known Chris for years already, but he had rarely mentioned girlfriends and had never asked me to meet anyone before so I knew it must be serious. The nigh
Posted by: Jesse Lentchner - , - February 6, 2022
I remember meeting Chris for the first time, at night, at CSAM offices. I was a New Yorker who was about to embark on a working career in Asia, and little did I know how Chris would shape my life for the next 20+ years. When he moved to Japan we use to hang out. But not just there. I have such fond memories of spending time with him in Hong Kong, Singapore, and later on Back in New York City. I turned to him for advice on life. Items such as relationships, friends, family, work. His thoughts were golden to me, and I truly appreciate the thoughtful guidance he's given me over many years. The good times, the help we gave each other, the laughs. I miss him greatly and aspire to give to others as he did for me, and all the other people in his life.
Posted by: Iven Houssian - , - February 6, 2022
Farewell Christopher, Your passing has caused the Golden Line of 17th century playwright and poet William Shakespeare to resonate... " All the world's a stage, all the men and women are merely players. They have their entrance and exit." You have made your exit. You have done well in your short time. You have reminded us of and provided us with a deeper understanding of the Holy Scripture, James 4:14, " Where as he know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanished away." Your deep love for the Spanish Language and all things Spanish has challenged us to ensure that your baton and torch are securely passed on to Amalie and Ashton. Keisha, Amalie and Ashton continue to trust and lean heavily on our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. David and Rema Crossbourne
Posted by: David Crossbourne - , - February 9, 2022