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Kevin Collier Bristow
Kevin Collier Bristow

Kevin Collier Bristow passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Kevin was born June 13, 1989 in Norfolk, Virginia to Patrick Collier Bristow and Jacalyn James Bristow.  Kevin attended elementary school in Virginia and in Wilmington. He graduated from Ashley High School in 2007 and attended North Carolina State University, graduating with a bachelor of science in civil engineering, with a minor in business administration.

Upon graduation in December 2012, Kevin moved to Houston, Texas to embark on a career in construction engineering. In his brief time in the industry, Kevin impacted the lives of hundreds of co-workers, as evidenced by the outpouring of tributes communicated to his parents by his colleagues and associates. He also touched the lives of countless friends in the NC State engineering community, many of whom traveled to see him in Houston to take in the big city life he so loved.

His love of sports of all kinds was evidenced by his willingness to jump on an airplane to go see his Miami Dolphins play and he was halfway to his goal of visiting every NFL city. It was a testament to his infectious good nature that he could go alone to a night time Dolphins’ victory in Philadelphia, wearing an enemy jersey and ride the subway back to his hotel and arrive unscathed. Kevin could identify almost every NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA player, tell you where they went to college, how high they were drafted and if you weren’t tired by then, what their year-to-date stats were.

In the month before his passing, he took his dream trip to Australia and New Zealand, sending back pictures ranging from a helicopter tour of the 12 apostles, bungee jumping into a river from a 45 meter high bridge to courtside on opening day at the Australian Open.  

On the day of his return, horribly jet-lagged from the 13-hour flight home from New Zealand, he could not refuse the offer of a ticket to the Houston Rockets game, after which he went out with friends and beat all comers in a ping pong tournament.  

Never a slave to fashion, Kevin infuriated his friends when out on the town by coming away with ladies’ phone numbers while dressed in old Wolfpack gym shorts, worn-out slippers and a tee shirt while they, dressed to kill, came away empty handed.  

Kevin was a member of The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church in Wrightsville Beach and loved, and was loved by, every member, from the small children to the “little ladies” who doted on him so much.

Kevin was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Richard Allen Bristow and his maternal grandfather and grandmother, Howard O. James and Mary G. James.  Kevin is survived by his parents; his paternal grandmother Esther Bristow of Petersburg, Virginia; and uncles Allen Bristow (Karen) and Michael Bristow (Barbara) and aunt Mary Bristow of the central Virginia area. He is also survived by his mother’s sisters, Nancy Rivenbark (Bobo) of Burgaw and Judy Johnson (Bill) of Marion, South Carolina.  He also leaves his cousins Lee, Allen and Scott Bristow and Alexandra Cole of central Virginia, and Bruce Aycock (Sara) and Jason Aycock (Heather) and second cousins Eva, Ian and Angus Aycock, all of North Carolina.

Plans for a celebration of life are incomplete as of this date.

The family requests that all flowers or donations be deferred as they explore the creation of a memorial scholarship fund.