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SCARBOROUGH - Charles Homer Willauer, 'Chip' 74, passed away Feb. 14, 2013. He was an accomplished sailor, interior designer, and longtime song master for summer 'sings' at Prouts Neck for 57 years. The great grand nephew of American artist Winslow Homer, Chip lived in the artist's studio until 2006, when he sold the studio to the Portland Museum of Art. A major restoration was completed last September.
He is survived by his brothers, Peter Willauer and wife, Carol of Bristol, R.I., Bradford Willauer and wife Ann of Prouts Neck; nephews Charles Willauer and wife Gale of Duxbury, Mass., David Willauer and wife Cathleen of Annapolis, Md., Langley Willauer of Hope, Benjamin Willauer and wife Amanda of Freeport, and nieces Margaret Willauer-Tobey and husband Tom Tobey of Brunswick and Victoria Willauer and husband Tony Fitch of Owls Head, as well as 14 grand nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 Spring Street at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, with a reception to follow at the Portland Museum of Art. A summer service will be held at Prouts Neck in July.
Contributions can be made to:
St. James Church, Prouts Neck
The Cathedral Church of St. Luke or the Winslow Homer Studio Endowment Fund at the Portland Museum of Art.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 17, 2013