Christopher L. Faustmann, 66, of Hughesville, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, January 23, 2018 with his family by his side.
Born in Newark, NJ to the late August and Florence Faustmann, he grew up in Matawan and Colts Neck, NJ. A member of the first graduating class of Marlboro High School (1970), he went on to attend Brookdale Community College, The University of South Carolina-Aiken and Aiken Technical College.
Music was a lifelong passion for Christopher. An accomplished guitarist, he, along with fellow classmate, Vince Creevy, formed the rock band “DooDah” in the early 70’s. Under the management of “Tinker” West, they played numerous venues in Long Branch and Asbury Park, including concerts on the beach. It was during this time that Bruce Springsteen held his debut concert for “Greetings From Asbury Park.” Needing roadies, Christopher and good friend, Mike Batlan tuned the band’s guitars and staged equipment for the show. He stayed with Bruce until keyboardist, David Sancious left the band and he became part of his road crew. Since his taste of music was changing toward jazz, Christopher enjoyed interacting with musician/producer Billy Cobham, Ernest “Boom” Cater, Gerald Carboy and Gayle Moran, who all recorded with David.
In 1978 he moved to Aiken, SC. His love of music, especially jazz fusion, led him to form another band, “The Faustmann Project.” With fellow musicians, Carey Robinson, Brett Crawford and Rick Rhoden, they performed locally including the Etheredge Center. All the music was composed by Christopher and as a way of giving back, he held concerts supporting music education and created a music scholarship at USC-Aiken.
Aside from music, Chrsitopher always had an interest in fianaces and investments. The real spark for this came in 7th grade when teacher, Richard Dawson introduced the class to the Wall St. Journal. He won the class assignment of hypothetically investing $10,000. Christopher described his favorite teacher as “the one who makes you want to learn.” His respect for Mr. Dawson remained throughout his life.
Christopher went on to rehab homes in Aiken, where he also started a rare coin business. This led him to writing a numismatics column in the Aiken County Register.
In 1990 he returned to NJ, earned his Series 7 license and began working for TFS Securities in Lincroft as a financial advisor.
Upon retiring, he moved with his wife, Nancy, to PA. There he enjoyed playing and teaching guitar, cooking and gardening and taking daily walks with his dogs.
Chrsitopher is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Nancy Winquist (Goetke); his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Susan Faustmann, of Aiken, SC; nieces, Laura (Troy) Herring, of Charleston, SC, Christen (Bill) Hines, of Aiken, SC; nephew, USAF Lt. Col. Robert (Carrie) Faustmann, of Goodyear, AZ; his great nieces and great nephews, Elizabeth and William Herring, Cara and Ellis Hines and Caroline, Catherine