Christine Barbera was a radiant and passionate woman who had the joy of playing many different roles throughout her life. She was a devoted daughter, a selfless sister, a loving wife, a supportive cousin, an affectionate aunt, a loyal friend, and a determined businesswoman. Although we all may know Christine in different ways throughout the many phases and years of her life, we all know the same, strong, compassionate woman that remained consistent at her core. We know her not only as a Montauk lover but more generally a nature lover, a lover of the ocean, of the beautiful simplicity of the sunsets and sunrises that begin and end each of our days. A profound and spiritual dreamer, lover of music, art, movies, and poetry, Christine appreciated and shared her passions with everyone for whom she cared so deeply. This innate heartfelt nature and love for her family, especially for her father, is what brought her such great success in the family business Advanced Graphic Services. She started working for the business at the young age of eighteen and quickly made her way to the position of vice president. Her dedication and kind spirit attracted many customers and coworkers and created such widespread appreciation for the business. This was a natural direction for Christine to follow, and allowed her to develop a very close relationship with her father, acting as his right hand in the business and fulfilling his legacy. A fearless and unapologetically authentic free-spirit, Christine certainly knew how to live her life to the fullest. She traveled to many places such as Greece, France, and Italy, touching the lives of many and leaving lasting impressions on each person she encountered with her natural gift for being empathetic and interpersonal. She was stunning and breathtaking on the outside, and she radiated beauty from within, always following her intuition and her heart. Her whole life, Christine adored all animals, and her love and generosity only grew stronger and more evident when she was in her mid thirties and picked out Samson. Samson, her first love, the dog who we all know and love and who remained by her side for over 13 years, there with her throughout everything. If you ask anyone who knew Christine to describe her, they would undoubtedly say she was generous. Christine would give you the shirt off her back, quite literally. She knew that her life would be most meaningful if she spread the love in her heart with others, a lesson she learned from her mother, Mary Ellen. Christine’s life was full and beautiful. She will be remembered by many people, and for her many names: Kissy, Chrissy, Chris, Christine… no matter who she is to you, she will be in your heart forever.
“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others.”
One of Christine’s favorite poems:
Splendour in the Grass by William Wordsworth
What though the radiance
which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.
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