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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden


Obituaries>> Christopher Brain (R46-56)


Engagements Marriages Births Deaths

Christopher Brain


The following Obituary was contributed by his wife, Beatriz:
Our beloved husband and father, Christopher Brain was born on the 13th of May 1938 in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk. He was the only child of Barbara Seth and David Brain who lived in Framlingham. During his childhood years, being the only son, he had the privilege of meeting his lifelong friends: Margaret, Frank, Barbara, Ian and Robert Craig and Stewart Young, which triggered many beautiful, funny and adventurous memories.
Chris attended Brandeston Hall Preparatory School and then Framlingham College.
He had a passion for sailing which started with visits to Orford with his friends – the Craig Family. There were occasions where Chris and his friends sailed to Holland and had fairly adventurous trips back to Orford via Dunkirk and Chatham. He was said to be the life and soul of the party.
Chris’s hobby was model aeroplanes and Hornby Dublo trains. At a later stage, when Chris was a devoted Grandfather, he continued to play with the Hornby trains with his grandson, Federico.
He did National Service with the Royal Signals (1956 – 1958) in Dartmoor, Devon where he was 2nd Lieutenant in command of 100 men.
In 1958 Chris joined Cable and Wireless Engineering College in Porthcurno, Cornwall which opened the doors to his many international adventures. In 1960 he was posted to Buenos Aires, Argentina for 8 years, including Montevideo, Uruguay. Cable & Wireless was then nationalised and Chris was posted to Lima, Peru, and then to La Paz, Bolivia for 6 months which turned into 15 years.
This is where Chris met his wife Beatriz Brain in 1972. They married and had two daughters: Eunice and Valerie.
In Bolivia Cable & Wireless shut down as the military government would not renew its concession, so in 1983 Chris took early retirement and finished up working in the mining business, computerising a large mining company. When that finished he started up the Land Rover representation in Bolivia which he enjoyed very much and became a Land Rover fan.
In 1999 Chris and Beatriz came back to live in England to experience his new life as a devoted grandfather with his grandchildren Alessandra, Federico and the new addition of Grace. His daughters had moved back to England for their university education.
Chris enjoyed having friends over, and was very welcoming no matter the age, and could spend endless hours talking to them about his experiences in South America and beyond.
All in all, from close friends around the world, Chris was described as a great character, cheerful and always positive with a wonderful unique sense of humour, a genuine individual, an entertainer and very bright. He was someone who knew a great deal and still was modest about it. A true Suffolk man with a silk cravat, who loved his pint and a good read of the Times. Chris loved to dash off to some new place and see new things. He was always out for a good time. He would try anything once, maybe twice, if it struck him. ‘Let's do it’ was his motto and he would take opportunities as they came. Simply a very nice man, who above all loved his wife and family, and was a true husband, father, friend and grandfather.
He will never be forgotten, and will be deeply missed by everyone. We love you.