Chris Pokas

August 3, 1960 - February 13, 2008

08/03/1960 - 02/13/2008

Past Services

Saturday February 16, 2008
6:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Saturday February 16, 2008
7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions

Chris Pokas, Quartermaster Chief, Navy Harbor Pilot and Tug Boat Captain has weighed anchor for the final time to join the lord our God. Born August 3rd 1960 in Detroit, Michigan he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1980 and retired in 2000 after 20 years of distinguished service. He was the co-founder and the first charter member of the Captain Morgan club.

He is survived by his bride Kendra, daughters Jennifer and Claire, brothers Mike, John and Steve, sister Maryann, father Pete and his faithful companion Rose and was predeceased by his mother Carol. Chris was an avid boater and adventurer who had an un-matched passion for living life to it’s fullest. He will be remembered as a loving father, dutiful son, caring brother, loyal friend and faithful husband. Chris will be missed by all who had the fortunate pleasure of knowing him.

A viewing and memorial service will be held on Feb 16th 2008 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home Va Beach Southside Chapel at 6 PM, Reverend Robert F. Pittman officiating. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Russell Belsome
8 years ago

“As you share this time of sorrow as a family, may you draw strength and hope from one another remembering your loved one’s life together.”

With Deepest Sympathy, The Federal Pilots of Louisiana

Janice Sadler
8 years ago

Anyone who met Chris just once can say they made a new friend. He was so full of life, with a great sense humor and yet so adorably humble. Kendra – my friend. I am so sorry for your loss. Please find some comfort in knowing your friends are thinking of you and are here if you need anything.

Gregg Alston
8 years ago

Chris was a great person who has taken very good care of one of my dearest friends, Kendra. I only met him face to face once, but I could see in Kendra how great of a guy he was. Kendra, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Gregg

Fred Rosekrans
8 years ago

Chris will be missed by many. I rember him from his first ship, USS Chandler DDG 996. To say he lived life to the fullest is an understatement. Fair winds and following seas.

Bob&Bruce Wilson
8 years ago

Dear Kendra,

I am a very old friend of Chris as is my brother Bruce. It is monday morning feb 18 and i was reading the detroit news when i saw Chris’s obituary. I am so sorry. I could’nt believe what i was reading. Again—I am very sorry to hear of his passing.

To Steve,

I am sitting here in shock! I am very sorry and sad to here about Chris’s passing.

Please call me:

Bob Wilson-1-586-226-9355

Bruce Wilson-1-586-268-5640

I would really love to here from you. Man—I just can’t believe it.


Bob Wilson

PS: My email is

Brian Murphy
8 years ago

Dear Kendra,

I was shocked to hear of my good friends death. I’ve known Chris since we were in 5th grade at Wayne Elementary in Detroit. We’ve had so many great times! Although it’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen him – I think of him often. I’m saddened that I won’t be able to have a drink with him again and reminisce about the old days. Please keep in touch, I’d love to hear from you cell= 419-515-3211

Love, Brian and Mary Murphy

Deborah Wachocki-Ruemenapp
8 years ago

Dear Laura, Mike, Steve and the Pokas family,

I am very sorry for your loss. My thougts and prayers are with you. I didn’t know Chris very well but remember him as always smiling. Treasure your memories and find comfort in the fact that he is at peace.

Paul Wilk
8 years ago

Dear Pokas Family,

My prayers are with you guys at this very sad time. Although it has been years since I have seen Chris, I knew of him being a “Career Navy Man”. I went to school with him -since the 3rd grade I believe. I will keep you all in my prayers. Paul Wilk

Gail Goodman Louwers
8 years ago

Dear Pokas family; I was stunned and deeply saddened to learn of Chris’ passing. I am so sorry for the loss you have all suffered. Chris was a great guy and I am fortunate to have known him.

Becki & Scott Rozansky
8 years ago

Dear Pokos Family,

Our Thoughts & prayers are with you

in this sorrowful part of life…

The Rozansky’s

Steve please call Scott Rozansky @

619 715-9821

Lori Orris - DeYonker
8 years ago

Dear Steve and Pokas Family,

It is with heavy heart to hear of your brother’s passing. There are no words to take away the pain you and your entire family are going through. Hold tight to the memories you have of Chris and let God carry you through this tough time.

Kendra, Jennifer and Claire – I too knew Chris through the days of elementary school. Take comfort in knowing that he has touched many lives and will be missed by all. My prayers are with all of you.

Lori Orris-DeYonker

Celeste & Chuck Walch
8 years ago

Dearest Kendra, We are so sorry for your loss. We feel blessed to have shared memories with both of you. He was a wonderful guy with a beautiful personality that will be remembered by all who were fortunate to have come in contact with him. God Bless You and Remember you have friends and family who love you.

Gavin McEwen
8 years ago

From 1981-1983 Chris was one of my best freinds I was a PN2. I am saddened to hear of his passing and want you to know you are in my prayers.

Colleen WrightWheaton
8 years ago

He had the “best” smile…..

I knew Chris from elementry school. He will be remembered by so any people. He has touched many a heart and soul. Celebrate his life. Thanks Chris….for all the great memories!!! You will never be forgotten.

Guy DeSerio
8 years ago

I lived on Beaconsfield in Detroit and new chris through Steve who was in my grade and i lost my sister denise 43 years old in dec. please feel free to have Steve contact me and My family’s Condolences

Jimmy Leonard
8 years ago

I was shocked and heart-broken to read of Chris’ passing. We were the best of friend’s and neighbors in Guantanamo Bay, for three years. Although I was a civiliam working/living in a military community, Chris was one of the first to invite me in to the “Goat Locker” as a member. We shared many a drink Capt. Morgan’s of course in Cuba as well as outside Pappa’s Pub and the Thirsty Camel…

You will be missed my friend… Would sure like to see your famous or in-famous “chain” trick one more time…

God bless your family…

Veronica LaCasse
8 years ago

I’ll always remember Chris’ laugh and smile.

Dee Messinger
8 years ago

Kendra and family,

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold tight to the memories of your life with Chris for they will sustain you through the darkest days. Draw strength from God for He is with you always. 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

Paul Gutierrez
8 years ago

Kendra and the Pokas family,

Kendra, very sorry to hear of your loss. Brian Murphy, Harold Schultz, Chris and I spent countless hours together growing up. The things Chris did still put a smile on my face. We learned to golf @ Chandler Park he took Mulligans like an Irishman and I can still hear him say “whoo-hoo” after a good shot. Indeed he loved the water and Beer. We went on vacations together and he was part of my fondest memories growing up in Detroit. My 2 brothers and 2 sisters one whom he hit in the head with a rock will miss him as well. I think of my old friend often. Your family will be in my prayers. Although we have never met I hope these words will help you simle and know Chris will not be forgotten.


Anita & Paul Gutierrez

Carol Ann Refenes
8 years ago

Kendra and to all the Pokas Family,

I was very sorry to hear about Chris. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May all of you feel God’s comfort during this very difficult time. Love, Carol Ann Mike’s sister-in-law

Katherine Minor
8 years ago


I am not even sure that after all these years you will even remember me. We spent a few years in Puerto Rico together. I just wanted to take a moment to send my deepest condolences and let you know that there are people that you may not even remember who have you in their thoughts and prayers.

Barry Bidwell
8 years ago


I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was a true friend, fellow Chief, and a great person. He had a terrific outgoing personality that will be remembered by all who were fortunate to have known him. Time passes so quickly as we go about our daily routines. It seems like only a couple of years ago when we all attended Chris’ retirement from the Navy. I find it hard to believe it has been 8 short years. It seems like I had a few drinks with Chris just last week, but it could have been months or even years. I was shocked to hear of Chris’s passing. You have my deepest heartfelt sympathy in this trying time. God Bless You and your family. If you need anything, remember that you have many friends who loved both you and Chris and are here for you when you need assistance.

Tony and Brenda Surmonte
8 years ago

Kendra, We are so sadden to hear about Chris. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I’ll always remember the great times we had in Puerto Rico. God bless you. If you want to get away for a while our casa your casa ALWAYS!! Love amd miss you!

Eva Ford
8 years ago

Kendra, I’m sorry to hear about Chris. I am in utter shock. You know when I think of him I canâÄôt help but remember his distinguishable loud laughter, his funny jokes, and his constant ribbing about how short I was. I will truly miss him. What a big loss, because he was such wonderful person. My heart goes out to you and I wish you peace and comfort in this difficult time.

All my love,


Beverly Fittro
8 years ago

Kendra, My heart aches for you and even though I never had the fortune to meet Chris, I know how much he meant to you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers hoping you can draw from the strength of your friends during these difficult times.

Bob and Heather Milam
8 years ago

Kendra, Steve, and all the Pokas family,

We are heartbroken that we could not be there to celebrate Chris’s life with you all. Chris was more than just a good friend to us, he was also an impeccable mentor. We truly would not be where we are today in our lives had Chris not opened the doors and put his good name on the line. He will always be honored and remembered in our house. We look forward to the cocktails that we will once again share with him in Heaven.

With boundless love and respect,

Bob and Heather

Deborah L Shumaker
8 years ago

Mike, we are thinking of you and your family, you are in our prayers. Love Dan , Debbie Lindsay and Kate

Cory Schneider
8 years ago

My deepest condolences for you Kendra and others who loved Chris. I was able to meet this vibrant and very loved man during some very difficult times in the last few months as a nurse at Virginia Beach General. I could tell in just the short time that I met him how many lives he touched and the wonderful friends and family that he had.

John Kruger
8 years ago

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in the loving thoughts of Chris and the memories that you share.

James Wilk
8 years ago

So sorry to hear about Chris. I was told the news by my cousin Paul who went to school with him. I met Chris as the harbor pilot as he guided our ship into port while I was the Chief Master-at-Arms on the USS Gunston Hall from 1998 – 2000. We talked about Michigan all the time and he looked forward to his retirement. God Bless.

Patricia Bryant-Franza
8 years ago

Steve and the Pokas Family…

I am very sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. My thoughts and prayer’s are with you and your family at this time.

Alan & Theresa Bodden
8 years ago

To Kendra and Pokas family,

Alan thought the world of Chris and spoke of him often. I first met him just last year when Kendra came to Tampa and we had dinner and drinks in Ybor City. What I remember most was his laugh and great smile! He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Capt J. Elliott Westall
8 years ago

To the Pokus Family,

The passing of Chris has shocked and saddend us all. He was a fellow Quartermaster Chief and a brother in the small elite community of Navy Harbor Pilot’s. I had the pleasure to serve and get to know him during “Operation Restore Democracy” in the Haiti campaign. I’ll never forget his dynamic personality and infectious smile. He just had a way of always brightening up your day, and that’s the way I will always remember him. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Best Regards,

Capt J. Elliott Westall

QMC SW Retired

harry bogan
8 years ago

very sorry for your loss.Igot to know chris at moran of Va.a real great guy.he will be missed by all who had the fortunate pleasure of knowing him,Harry an marion bogan

Jamie & Chris Simons
8 years ago

We were so sorry to read about Chris’ passing. Having met Chris for the first time about eight years ago we always thought of him as a great, fun loving and sincere guy and he will truly be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.