ONEONTA - John G. Chrisman, of Davenport, died suddenly on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
John was born Aug. 21, 1952, to Arthur A. Chrisman and Bernice Hill Chrisman (both deceased) in Lake Placid.
John graduated from Lake Placid Central School in 1970. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Edinboro State University, Edinboro, Pa., in 1976. He went on to attain his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Throughout John's career, he prepared location segments for "MacNeil/Lehrer Report, Bill Moyers Journal" and other PBS programs. He was also part of the team responsible for filming the transition period for Richard Nixon' presidency. John ended his career as a Professor of Film at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa., retiring in May of 2009.
John's passion in life centered around the outdoors, whether downhill skiing, hiking the High Peaks, or rock and ice climbing. During retirement he spent many hours wood working and continued to hone his skills in the visual arts, including photography, videography and cartoon development.
John is survived by his beloved wife, Marian; a son, Kevin (Jennice) Chrisman of Levittown, Pa.; stepdaughters: Shana O'Brien, Kalispell, Mont., and Megan (Dimitrie) O'Brien-Deserranno of Enfield, N.H.; four sisters: Carolyn Borden, Mary Ann (Andy) Borden, Julie Chrisman, all of Lake Placid, and Alice (Dan) Abramowicz of Richboro, Pa.; sister-in-law Anne (Darin) Cook; two grandsons: Alex and Nico Deserranno; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours for John will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta, with a memorial service immediately following at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to the Davenport Emergency Squad, Route 23, Davenport, NY 13750.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at, www.lhpfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta.