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Chris Thibault
Chris passed away on Feb. 8 at the age of 38 after a long, courageous, and inspiring battle against cancer.
He leaves behind legions of family, friends, colleagues, and clients who remember him for his passion, hard work, devotion to his family and his craft, and for the many ways he inspired others. Here is sampling of thoughts from those who knew him.
Those wishing to honor Chris and support his family can do so by contributing to “GoFundMe Chris Thibault’s Family”
              “I feel so incredibly blessed for the time Chris and I had together — the family we built, the work we accomplished, the creativity that flowed between us, and even the life lessons and struggles we were forced to face head on. We always felt that our strength together was unshakable. We just made the best team in all aspects of life.”
“Chris was an artist, an entrepreneur, and a partner
in some of BusinessWest’s
most successful events. But far more importantly, he was an inspiration — to anyone who wanted to know how to succeed in business and succeed in life.”
—George O’Brien, editor and associate publisher, BusinessWest
“Chris Thibault was certainly a star. Having worked with Chris on various projects, it was clear that his talent was unmatched.” —U.S. Rep.
Richard Neal
—Missy Thibault
“In working with a variety of marketing professionals over
the years, you often meet people that you continue to work
with, but not everyone stands out the way Chris did. He was a
joy to work with and made things easy for his customers. He was a thoughtful idea guy, great videographer, and just an all-around kind person.”
—Mary Kay Wydra, president, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
“He was a brilliant, shining light that was darkened much too early. Chris was truly a great family man, too, who put his heart and soul into everything
he did. His dedication and commitment to his trade was truly second to none.”
—Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
“A lot of people say, ‘let’s beat cancer.’ What does that mean? Did he not beat cancer because he is gone? I heard once that you beat cancer in the way you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live. And my brother, Chris, he beat cancer. And I don’t think it was even close.”
—Dan Thibault
“Chris Thibault helped so many people and good causes to tell their stories through the magic of his camera lens. He shared his own story, his tragic and yet life-affirming and inspirational battle with cancer, with so many who need that inspiration to conquer their own challenges in life.”
—Anthony Cignoli, president, A.L. Cignoli Co.
“He was the total package. He was a talented creative with an entrepreneurial spirit. He was an honorable, warm person with innovative ideas. He left a permanent, positive mark on us. His spirit of generosity, his selflessness, his sense of humor, and his integrity ... this is how we will remember Chris.”
—Michelle & Peter Wirth, co-owners, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield
“His work stood out from the rest, and you knew when a Chris Teebo film was playing. Chris would put in 110% into each production. He was truly an example of someone who made a difference for his clients and for his community.”
—Edward Brown III, president, New York Sound and Motion Productions Inc.
“Chris’ heart was just as big as his vision. He was always giving back to the community he loved. He and Missy supported the Spirit of Springfield and Bright Nights by donating their creative talents to many projects. They were a part of our team, and will always be.”
—Judy Matt, president, Spirit of Springfield
“Chris was an amazing person, had a heart of gold, and was beyond passionate about his craft. He was truly a person who was always positive during the worst times in life. We will miss the thoughtful, positive chats about all the ‘cool’ stuff we wanted to do together. You’re resting easier, but will be missed forever.”
—Andy Jensen, president, JX2 Productions
“Chris was — and is — a spirit of light, positive energy, and love that is palpable for Missy and their children. He was passionate about his work and masterful in building lasting relationships with his clients. He was quick to give a warm smile, open in sharing his personal story to help others, and one of the most likeable and good human beings I’ve known. Chris will be forever missed, yet the legacies of his work and family live on.”
—Kate Campiti, associate publisher & sales manager, BusinessWest

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