John B. Christy IV, MD, age 29, of Cranston and Warwick, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 24, 2023. Born July 18, 1993, in Providence, he was the beloved son of John B. Christy III and Joan J. M. (Mancini) Christy, and the twin brother of Mary-Evelyn V. Christy.
In addition to his parents and sister, John is survived by his loving fiancé Grace Chen and her adoring family of North Attleboro, MA. He leaves behind his maternal aunt Lois A. (Mancini) DellaGrotta and her husband, Uncle Bill. He was the grandson of the late John B. and Evelyn E. (Ruggiero) Christy, and the late Louis and Mary A. (Narducci) Mancini and nephew of the late Nicholas and Audrey B. (Christy) Mastroianni, Walter V. Mancini and Lenora M. (Mancini) Alexander.
John graduated high school from La Salle Academy in 2011 in Providence. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2016, where he was a founding member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, an experience he always thought back on with much fondness. He went on to be accepted into the medical program at New York Medical College in 2017 and graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 2021. A feat he, his family, and his fiancé were so incredibly proud of. John went on to be accepted into the residency program at Kent Hospital, where he was able to care for patients alongside his incredible team. John was the self-appointed “morale director” of the group, bringing in a variety of homemade snacks and treats for all to enjoy when work got tough. He loved nothing more than to help others feel better, whether that be a stressed co-worker, or sick patient. He truly felt his calling was to leave people better than he found them.
John was a true Rhode Islander, he loved Narragansett Bay and a cold Narragansett beer, and never wanted to leave the state for long periods of time. He loved nothing more than a day out on the water. In 2021, his best friend Brock Thompson introduced John to fishing, which instantly became his beloved pastime, spending many hours at his favorite fishing spots around the State. On warmer days, you could find him racing around on his boat, The Blacktip, out on the waterways of Rhode Island. When he wasn’t out chasing his next greatest catch, John was in the kitchen cooking up his latest gourmet recipe. He especially had an affinity for Korean foods and was renowned for his show stopping lemon tart. On quieter nights, you could find him nestled under a blanket surrounded by his favorite snacks playing video games. He especially loved beating his sister and friends in a rowdy round of Super Smash Brothers. John’s beloved dog Winston took up much of his time as well, with daily wrestling matches taking place on the kitchen floor, to the amusement of the whole family. John also had an affinity for music and would rock out on his drum set either solo, or in years past, with his band. He especially loved a good 80’s power ballad, and would often prank his father by blasting Toto’s “Africa” over the family’s Amazon Alexa. Another one of John’s favorite passions was snowboarding up North. He would often escape for long weekends with Grace and her family during the winter to shred down the newly blanketed snowy mountain tops. They always made sure to stop and get him his morning coffee, though, without it he tended to get quite grumpy. Not one to stay idle, when at URI, his primary mode of transportation was skateboarding around the campus. John was truly a jack of all trades and would always be looking for a new challenge or hobby to add to his long repertoire of experiences. He tried to live his life to the fullest, a lesson his family and loved ones will carry on through their lives. John was an avid proponent of organ donation, and we ask if you ever find yourself in the position, please consider donating and saving a life. We are very proud to say that that was John’s last act of selflessness on this earth.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Monday, May 1, at 10am in St. Mark Church, Garden Court, Cranston, with burial following at St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon, April 30, from 2pm until 5pm in the “WOODLAWN” Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the ASPCA or any animal shelter are greatly appreciated to honor John’s memory and love for animals.
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