Plaistow man, 22, dies from overdose

Christopher Matthew Honor

PLAISTOW — Christopher Matthew Honor of Plaistow died Saturday of an apparent heroin overdose in his grandmother’s home. He was 22.

Honor “was a talker,” his father said, and had ambitions of becoming a sports broadcaster.  

“People gravitated toward him because he spoke so well,” said his father Matthew Honor. “He dreamed big.”

Honor graduated from Salem High in 2011. His battle with drugs began in his middle school years, progressively worsening through high school, Matthew Honor said.

After a string of difficult years that saw more than one stint in rehab and several jail sentences, Honor was released from jail Thursday. By Saturday, he was gone.

Honor’s overdose is the 23rd in Plaistow this year, and the third fatality, said police Chief Kathleen Jones.

“We see the devastation in families, we see the devastation in parents,” Jones said. “We see a lot of parents and loved ones who try and try and try to get help for their loved ones, but a lot of times it ends in tragedy.”

Chris’ death was preceded by his girlfriend’s last year. Courtney Griffin, 20, of Newton, died in September of 2014, also of a heroin overdose in the same room of the same home.

“He was devastated. He fell apart,” Matthew Honor said of his son. “Part of the problem was he was in prison when it happened.”

Honor “was a good kid,” said Doug Griffin, Courtney’s father. “I wanted to be more for him, but those drugs, they change people. ... But I don’t hold it against him because I’ve been dealing with people with addiction since Courtney died and their life is awful.”

A life celebration will be held for Honor Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home in Plaistow. His funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church in Plaistow on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Chris is survived by his father, Matthew Honor of Plaistow; mother, Amanda Jordan of Salem; his brothers Brett Honor, Camaren Jordan, Nicholas Jordan, Aidan Honor and Jacob Honor; his maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

“It is tragic,” Jones said. “He was 22 years old. That’s just a tragedy all the way around for the family.”

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