Obituary for Christopher O’Neal Kershaw of Southern Pines

Christopher O’Neal Kershaw, 87, of Southern Pines and formerly New Haven, CT., passed peacefully at his home on Monday February 27, 2023.

Born in Florence, SC, June 28, 1935, he was the son of the late Christopher Columbus and Vera Montgomery Kershaw.  Christopher’s family moved to Connecticut when he was young and he spent his childhood split between in Florence, SC and New Haven, CT.  After his high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, serving as an MP during the Korean War.  Upon his honorable discharge, Christopher returned home to Connecticut and married his long time sweetheart, Janice Rogers. Christopher graduated from Hill House High School in New Haven, Connecticut. He went on to earn his BS in Human Services at New Hampshire University and his MS in School Counseling from Southern Connecticut University.  Christopher’s career was always in education.  Starting as a teacher for many years before serving as an Assistant  Principal at Platt Technical High School in Milford Connecticut before his retirement.

Christopher was a lover of music and a self taught pianist.  He could play many instruments and later in life taught piano lessons.  Christopher was a Senior Steward for the Masons of Prince Hall Affiliation (New Haven Oriental Lodge No. 6). He had also been a member of the Southern Pines First Baptist Church.

Christopher was the loving husband of the late Janice Rogers Kershaw.  He was the father of Cheryl Kershaw, Vera Rosemond and Christine Kershaw – Hobson.  He is also survived by his 2 grandchildren:  Aja Rosemond Marks and Eric Colacino Rosemond as well as his 2 great – grandchildren:  Malcolm John Marks and Travis Christian Rosemond.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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