Richard I. Chase, 97
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Richard I. Chase, 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Manchester, N.H.
Born in Sanford, in 1917, the son of Joseph and Etta Chase, he moved to Portland at an early age and attended local schools, graduating from Portland High School as a Brown Medalist in 1933. After a year at the Yeshiva University in New York and a stint with the CCC, he graduated from Shaw's Business School in 1935 and went to work with Maine Hardware Company. In 1939, he transferred to Johnson Supply Company and became its manager in 1942.
Dick served with the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Pacific in WWII. After discharge, he returned to Johnson Supply where he became the vice president of the Northern Division.
He also was a director of the Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue, a charter member of the American Heart Association support group 'Mainely Hearts,' and an arbitrator with the Better Business Bureau Auto Line.
In 2008, he moved to Manchester, N.H., to the Birch Hill Terrace Retirement
Richard I. Chase
Community, where he was involved in many volunteer activities, including an elementary school pen pal program. He was an avid golfer at the Intervale Golf Course, where he played weekly, followed by his favorite drink Moxie.
Dick was predeceased by Janette, his wife of 47 years; his brother, Albert Chase, and his sister, Dorothy Millman. He is survived by his daughter Leslie of Chicago, Ill., his son John and wife Barbara of Merrimack, N.H.; and granddaughters, Melissa Chase, and Laura Lancaster and her husband Nick.
A 'superb' grandfather, father, and friend, he will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
Services will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 10 a.m., at the Levey Chapel, 471 Deering Ave., Portland. Burial will follow at Mt. Sinai Cemetery on Hicks Street in Portland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to:
Etz Chaim Synagogue
267 Congress St.
Portland, Maine 04101
or Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue
76 Noyes St.
Portland, Maine 04103
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 11, 2014