Welcome to the memorial page for

Christopher M. (Chris) McKnight

June 29, 1973 ~ June 12, 2017 (age 43)

    Christopher M. “Chris” McKnight, 43, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017.


     He was born in Ware, MA on June 29, 1973 and attended school in the Athol – Orange area. His family roots were in western Mass.


     He led a gypsy lifestyle working and living up and down the East coast. A highlight of his life were the years he spent working and traveling with the Barnum & Bailey Circus.


     Chris had a fun, loving, open heart and always accepted everyone just as they were.


     He is survived and will be sorely missed by his mother Ivy Handschuh and step-father John Handschuh of Charlemont, his father William McKnight and step-mother Laura McKnight of Athol, brothers Billy McKnight of West Brookfield and Joseph McKnight of New York, a sister Melissa Jackson of Greenfield, three children Justice, Tristin and Autumn Rose, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.


     Visiting hours will be Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00pm at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 87 Franklin St., Greenfield. The memorial service will begin at 12:00 pm. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.


     A reception will follow the service at the Greenfield Lodge of Elks # 1296, located on the corner of Federal and Church Streets.



 Service Information

June 17, 2017

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Greenfield funeral home
87 Franklin St
Greenfield, MA 01301

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