Christopher Vyas, 18, sports enthusiast

Christopher Vyas of 14 Sophia Drive, a junior at Ridgefield High School who loved to play basketball, died Wednesday afternoon, June 6, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was 18 years old.
Christopher was born in Glen Cove, N.Y., on Feb. 27, 1983 and had moved here from Long Island four years ago. He was a member of the Class of 2002 at the high school.
Christopher enjoyed and followed sports of all kinds. Although afflicted with cerebral palsy, he overcame the handicap and both skied and played with the Ridgefield Basketball Association.
“He loved basketball,” said his grandfather, Rudolph Melk of Ridgefield. “He’d get out there and try his hardest. He took a handicap and made it not a handicap.”
He also enjoyed drawing and belonged to the Computer Club at Ridgefield High School.
On Monday night, the Board of Education paused during its meeting to observe a moment of silence in honor of Christopher.
Christopher is survived by his parents, Dean and Leslie Melk Stoddart of Ridgefield; his maternal grandparents Rudolph and Suzanne Melk of Ridgefield; a sister, a brother, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Contributions in Christopher’s memory may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Box E, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021
The Kane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.