Appreciation: Christopher DiPrima, 15-Year-Old Sophomore at Excel Academy East Boston, Dies in Skiing Accident

As the oldest among six cousins in the family, Steven Gringas had developed a special bond with Christopher DiPrima.

The 27-year-old Gringas had watched Christopher develop through childhood into a confident teenager who was academically gifted, had a magnetic personality, and an enthusiasm for a diverse blend of activities.

Christopher DiPrima.

“Out of all the cousins, Christopher and I were the two who were probably the most alike,” said Gringas. “He was at an age when he was starting his own personality and developing interests as an adult, getting really into computers, the internet, skiing – television, movies, and chess. We had a lot of common interests and hobbies like that.”

Christopher DiPrima, a talented 15-year-old sophomore at Excel Academy East Boston, died Saturday, March 25, 2023, as the result of injuries sustained in an early-evening skiing accident at the Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker, New Hampshire.

Christopher was on a family skiing trip with his parents, Charles DiPrima and Nubia Prima, his younger sister, Gisel DiPrima, and his cousin, Steven Gingras.

“Christopher was a great role model to his sister, Gisel, who attends Excel,” related Gingras.

Steve Gingras said his mother, Rita (DiPrima) Gingras, is the younger sister of Christopher DiPrima’s father, Charles DiPrima.

“Growing up, Christopher displayed a lot of talent for computers and technology and was very gifted at that,” said Gringas. “A lot of the family went to him for tech problems and computer issues. He loved video games.”

Christopher attended the PJ Kennedy School in East Boston through fourth grade. He then matriculated at Excel Academy Charter School before attending Excel Academy High School.

Gringas said the Excel Academy administration, staff, faculty, and the school community of students and parents have been very supportive of the DiPrima family, and the DiPrima family is very appreciative of that.

Visiting hours for Christopher DiPrima will be Thursday, March 30, 2-8 p.m., at the Magrath Funeral Home, 336 Chelsea St., East Boston. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston.

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