Christopher John Hurley
Christopher John Hurley; March 14, 1965 – January 20, 2020.
Chris, 54 of Seattle died January 20, 2020 when cancer got the best of his indomitable spirit. He was comfortably at home surrounded by his wife, children and dear friends.
He was born March 14, 1965 in Nashua NH, the son of Alan and Eileen Hurley. The youngest of 4 children.
He is survived by his wife, Regan and children, Jane and George of Seattle; his father, Alan Hurley; siblings, Robert (Deborah), Catherine Corcoran (Timothy), and Daniel (Marcia); a large extended family; and many cherished friends and former colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eileen in 2010.
Chris was humbled by the multitude of kindnesses shown to him and his family during the course of his illness.
To say Chris had a lifelong passion for learning was an understatement. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics. In 1993 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College School of Law (JD), and in the same year graduated from Boston University with an MBA in Finance. Furthering his studies at the University of Washington, he received a Master of Laws (LLM) in taxation in 2007 and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Intellectual Property in 2011. At the time of his death he was pursuing a PhD in Classics, his true intellectual love, at the University of Washington.
Chris had a long and successful career as a lawyer, working for firms in San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. In 2000, he became the COO and CFO of Sproqit Technologies, and in 2003 co-founded Beacon Law Advisors. His expertise in startups and mergers & acquisition law made him a highly trusted advisor to his many devoted clients.
He retired in 2017 to dedicate himself to his true calling; coaching. Despite the progression of his illness, Chris poured his formidable energy, enthusiasm and intellect into coaching Magnolia Little League Baseball, Interbay Eagles youth football, and Saint Anne School and Seattle Preparatory School chess teams. He was an inspiring and knowledgeable coach who absolutely delighted in seeing his players improve and gain confidence in their abilities.
Chris felt fortunate for the additional time he was able to spend with his family following his retirement. He enjoyed summer vacations in Maine and New Hampshire, and particularly loved hiking in the Cascade Mountains in Washington, the White Mountains in New Hampshire, and Acadia National Park in Maine. He was a zealous fan of Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox, and visited Fenway Park with his family whenever he was in New England. He was an accomplished bass guitar player in a variety of bands in Boston (his band “The Classic Ruins” opened up for the Ramones a few times!) and taught himself stand-up bass so he could join a Bluegrass band in Seattle. Most of all, he loved his family and was incredibly proud of Jane and George.
Chris rarely went anywhere without a rosary in his pocket and possessed a deep faith that gave him great solace during his illness. He was a parishioner at both St. Anne Parish and at St. James Cathedral, and was a Knight of Malta.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Michael Ryan, Friday, January 31st at 1:00pm at St. Anne Church, 1411 1st Ave W, Seattle. 98119.
Private Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.