Ocean City Library Director Chris Maloney Dies at 45

The popular library leader died on Tuesday at home in Somers Point.

Christopher Maloney, director of the Ocean City Free Public Library, died on Tuesday at age 45.

Family, friends and library employees were mourning the loss of the popular library administrator on Thursday.

"This library was his life," former Library President Nancy Larrabee said. "He loved the place."

Maloney died in his Somers Point home sometime on New Year's Eve. Fellow employees first noticed his absence when he failed to open the library for First Night events on Tuesday.

Maloney's mother, Barbara, said Thursday that the family still does not know the cause of death. The family, including Maloney's four siblings, is still making funeral arrangements (which will be posted here when they are available).

Maloney was born in Haddonfield. He attended Paul VI High School and Holy Family University in Philadelphia. He received his masters degree in library science from the University of Buffalo.

Maloney worked at the Ocean City Free Public Library for 15 years and was director since 2003. He helped the library become an invaluable community resource for thousands of residents and visitors who use the facility not just for printed books, but for online resources, digital music and movies, computer services, community meetings and vast array of special programs and activities.

"He loved it," Barbara Maloney said.

And he loved not only the library, but Ocean City itself. He would call from the Ocean City Boardwalk and say, "Guess where I am right now," she said.

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vic January 02, 2014 at 01:05 PM
RIP, Chris.
devinandcarla January 02, 2014 at 01:27 PM
As a life long OCNJ summer visitor I have spent quite a bit of time at the OC library these past 2 summers. I've needed the services of a library to do some family business and I was amazed at what a fantastic library is in Ocean City. I'm sure it's in large part to Chris Maloney. This is very sad indeed. OC has lost a real jewel.
Anna January 02, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Chris Maloney you will be missed!! Your guidance, direction, enthusiasm and love of Ocean City has made our OC Library the very best, Thank you! You have gone too soon. With utmost sadness and deepest respect, Barbara & Rich Deaney
Ricky Fitzpatrick January 02, 2014 at 02:07 PM
That is tragic I hope his family finds some peace
Jody Alessandrine January 02, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Very tragic and way too soon. Chris was a very competent, dedicated, pleasant asset to OCNJ. Prayers for comfort go out to his family.
Leslie Skibo January 02, 2014 at 03:05 PM
What a loss for the City and his family. Chris was helpful, kind and a gentle man who will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family. Leslie
Sam Lavner January 02, 2014 at 05:08 PM
A terrible loss. Chris was one of the best people I've known - friendly, smart, funny, kind; one of those people who make me happy just to lay eyes on them. No matter what my mood, it was sheer joy to be with him. I will miss him awful. I hope his loved-ones, other friends, co-workers, and everyone else who had the good fortune to know Chris manage alright during this horrible time.
kathi January 02, 2014 at 07:18 PM
How terribly sad for his family and close friends. He was such a nice man, the OC Library patrons and employees were most fortunate to have known him. Taken too soon.
john hansen January 02, 2014 at 07:41 PM
This is just a tremendous tragic loss for Chris's family and the Ocean City Community. Chris was a true gentleman and Lorraine and I held him in high regards. Words don't share our sadness. John & Lorraine Hansen
steve fenichel January 02, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Aw, Chris you headed out way too soon! You have left a gaping hole in our hearts and in the community. Deepest sympathy to his family and library staff. The greatest memorial to Chris would be to continue his deepening and widening of the library he loved by selecting someone who could carry his banner. No one can replace Chris. He is a beautiful person who ran the library with style and grace. May he rest in Peace!
Fred Miller January 02, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Wow, what a loss for our community! Chris was always willing and able to help me and the Ocean City Historical Museum.
Tish Townsend Turbe January 02, 2014 at 11:10 PM
I first met Chris when I would wait on him for Lunch at Mario's in OC . I had just moved back to town in 1995. Always a pleasant customer. Very nice man. Sorry for his family's loss. My condolences.
R Stanislaw January 03, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Chris will be greatly missed. He truly served this community. We pray that God will give his family comfort.
Suzanne Longacre January 03, 2014 at 09:12 AM
With tremendous vision, Chris expanded the portfolio of the Ocean City Library Services to encompass the entire range of human communications. Under his leadership, the library became a true Community Center. He was especially helpful to the Library's Novel Book Club. We will truly miss his dedication.
Larry Cohen January 03, 2014 at 10:23 AM
That library in OC has gotten better every year for the past 12 years. Now I know why. My kids LOVE that place and I am thrilled that they embrace the environment fostered in that building. RIP Chris. A job well done!!
Maryjane Miller Scheibal January 03, 2014 at 11:21 AM
I was used to seeing Chris when I visited the library..which is often..the last time I saw him was right before Christmas..he was putting books away in the upstairs section..I had to laugh..someone was using a cell phone..and Chris was more or less glaring at the person..I think the patron knew what was happening and put the phone down! He will be missed..such a quiet, but powerful presence in the library... he would visit the computer room upstairs from time to time..talk to the employee on the desk there...Thanks for making the OC Library the magnificent place it is!
Robert K Bell III January 03, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Leslie, I did NOT write this comment. It appeared first on my FaceBook page, therefore I believe my account was spammed. How it made it to OC Patch I have no idea? Secondly, I have no grandchildren, only children, and I visit the Library infrequently to pick up videos for them and books for my two oldest. I have never met Christopher. My mother opted out of volunteering over the summer, due to ill health. She only resumed her duties until early December when she resigned because of a lengthened day. Therefore she could not have been the culprit. I hope that this explanation satisfies you. It is too little and too late for extending my sympathies to the family, but I hope it will ease the pain of his passing. Robert K. Bell, III
Jon The Lawyer January 04, 2014 at 10:03 AM
If we are flowers in God's garden, on His daily stroll in the garden He picked a beautiful one in Chris to be with Him. To Chris' family and friends, I pray we will find comfort. As for me, for many years to come I will remember Chris' smile, his love of family and good nature. To me, the Library memorializes his dedication to his career and our community. Thank you Chris. You will be missed. Rest in peace.
Ken Jones January 04, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Chris shall be missed by all who had contact with him. A kind, gentle and good man. Our condolences to his Family.


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