MANCHESTER - Richard I. Chase, 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 9, 2014 in Manchester.Born in Sanford, Maine in 1917, son of Joseph and Etta Chase, he moved to Portland, Maine 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 World War II. 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 to the Birch Hill Terrace Retirement 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 is 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 Il., his son John and wife Barbara of Merrimack, and granddaughters Melissa Chase, Laura Lancaster and her husband Nick.A "superb" grandfather, father, and friend, he will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
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services: Services will be held on Wednesday March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Levey Chapel, 471 Deering Ave., Portland Maine. Burial will follow at Mt. Sinai Cemetery on Hicks Avenue 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 Union Leader on Mar. 11, 2014