1926 - 2013 BRATTLEBORO Chester Rolin "Chet" Carpenter, Sr., 86, formerly of Elliot Street and a native of Brattleboro, died early Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. For the past seven years, Chet made his home with his son on Whitcomb Road in Powell, Tenn.
He was born in Brattleboro on July 9, 1926, the son of John and Gladys (Smith) Carpenter. Chet was raised and educated in Brattleboro, attending local public schools.
A Navy veteran of World War II he proudly served his country, stationed in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operation. He served aboard the USS Tutila and was honorably discharged from active service on May 24, 1946.
Chet was a longtime employee for the town of Brattleboro, initially working for the town highway department for five years and later for the town water department. He retired as chief water treatment operator in 1989 following 45 faithful and dedicated years with the town.
He was an active member of the Brattleboro Fire Department for 42 years attaining the rank of Captain. Throughout the years, many members of the department trained under Chet on numerous pieces of apparatus that included the department's ladder truck. He was well respected and highly regarded as a truly valuable member of Bratt Fire.
Chet loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed candlepin bowling at the former King's Bowling Alley in Brattleboro.
On August 10, 1947, in Brattleboro, he was married to Laura Mooney. His beloved wife of 55 years predeceased him on Feb. 2, 2003.
Survivors include one son, Chester R. Carpenter, Jr. of Powell, Tenn., one daughter Lynn Perry of Andover, Vt., four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Carpenter and John Carpenter, Jr. and by a sister, Rosella Davis.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will take place in the springtime at a date and time to be announced by the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will be in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Chet's name may be made to The Brattleboro Fire Dept. Benevolent Fund, 103 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301, attn: Chief Michael Bucossi.
To sign an online guestbook with messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 6, 2013