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Johncirish 02-25-2014 07:11 PM

Chris Rawson, New Hampshire, now riding across the clouds
Wayne, please pass on the everyone of the East Coast XS1100 association, that Chris Rawson, has taken his last ride here on earth and is now riding the endless highways in the clouds.

After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, he closed his eyes one last time about 11:30 am on Monday February 24 (yesterday)

Chris leaves behind two children, and his parents, all of whom live in England, Chris' childhood home. Also his long time companion, girlfriend and wife, Susann Ranlett-Rawson

Many will remember Chris as a lifetime Yamaha racer, mechanic, builder and always with his next riding adventure in mind. In fact, just a few weeks after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer, Chris insisted on signing on as the "monkey" on a sidecar racing team...and also continued his racing in a classic bike circuit throughout New England and some times New York.

I ask that his passing be passed to everyone on the XS forums....as many knew him well.

At this time final arrangements have not been announced, but it is believed he had asked for very private, family and invited guests services....

Anyone wishing to send condolences or photos they might have of Chris, please forward them through me and I will see to it that his widow Susann gets every one.

Chris, I miss you already, your smiles,your laughter and practical jokes, but more than anything, your integrity and friendship....Ride in peace and warm skies forever, my friend..

"UFO-79XS1100 SF"
603-300-6710 (USA Cell phone)
John C Irish
1979XS1100 SF-"UFO"
1980 XT250 "Jame Bond"
1982 XJ650 Maxim "Missing Link"
1984 XJ550 Maxim Karen's Kid

Phoenix Rider 02-25-2014 07:22 PM

So sad for your loss. Chris sounded like he was a good friend to you. I remember dealing with Chris for my braided steel brake lines.
Please pass my condolences on to his family.

God Speed Chris.

Thanks John,

Prisoner6 02-28-2014 06:28 AM


Chris sounds like the kind of man we would all like to have had as a friend ...

My sincerest condolences to you, and to his widow and the rest of his family.

He is still with you in the wonderful memories you have of him.

hamjam 02-28-2014 03:39 PM

Chris has been to my house a few times we have ridden together and played guitar had meals together both here and in New Hampster we have emailed and talked on the phone each often discussing our music health and the state of the universe we have been trying to get together for the last couple of years but either his health or mine prevented us . Our discussions around our health issues were always positive we were both determined to beat this stuff and ride together again and borrow my bro-in-laws sailboat in Laconia and spend a few days sailing I am very sad about this he was a good friend I will miss him a lot

Cuda 69 03-03-2014 05:32 PM

I did not have the good fortune to know Chris, but my condolences to those who did, and to his wife and family. Cancer sux, have the comfort that he is no longer suffering and is at peace.God bless.


Phoenix Rider 04-03-2014 04:28 PM

Chris Rawson Service
John Irish has asked me to post this for him,

Memorial Services for XS/XJ Owners Association member Chris Rawson, will be held on :

April 12, at 11:00am
Lambert's Funeral Home
Manchester, NH.

All are welcome to attend....

Many of you may remember Chris as that small English guy who built his own frames, and raced XS bikes for years both in England and USA.

Chris lost his 5 year battle with pancreatic cancer on
Feb 12, 2014, and leaves behind his wife Susann, of Manchester, NH, and two children who still live in Chris's native home of England..
John C Irish
1979XS1100 SF-"UFO"
1980 XT250 "Jame Bond"
1982 XJ650 Maxim "Missing Link"
1984 XJ550 Maxim Karen's Kid

Brent 04-08-2014 08:49 PM

Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend., Thanks for bringing info to us here. Hope your grief eases up. Better days ahead.

Jerry 04-09-2014 09:14 AM

One of the reasons I am trying to make it to eastern XS rallies (Ohio in 2012 and Brockville this year is to meet some of the people who post on this site. I didn't know Chris but exchanged a few e-mails over the years. Damm. Hate to lose anyone who shares a love of bikes, particularly our Yamahas. Condolences to family and friends.

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