COUDERSPORT - Thomas R. "Tom" Chitester, 72, of Coudersport, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday (May 20, 2012).
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Born Nov. 13, 1939, in Kane, he was a son of Palmer R. and Ellen Louise Huffman Chitester. On Aug. 26, 1967, in Coudersport, he married Nancy Walaski, who survives.
Mr. Chitester was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1957. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army having served as a Military Police dog handler.
Tom was a self-employed carpenter and painter, owning Chitester Construction in Coudersport.
He was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and was a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chairman of the centennial celebration committee for the fire department. He was a charter member of the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, a former member of Coudersport Borough Council and a former member of the Coudersport Jaycees.
He enjoyed hunting and loved woodworking. In his youth, Tom was an avid baseball player, having played on the Potter-McKean All Stars Little League team. Their team was the only team from the area to make it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
Tom loved his town of Coudersport and was very proud of his work that beautified the town. His greatest love was his family, especially his two granddaughters.
Surviving, besides his wife, are a daughter, Michelle L. Chitester of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two sons, Jason S. (Julie) Chitester and Jeremy D. Chitester, both of Coudersport; two granddaughters, Ashley M. Chitester and Briena A. Chitester; two brothers, Robert J. (Carol) Chitester of Erie and Jerry J. (Kim) Chitester of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a daughter, Carrie Ann Chitester.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, with the Rev. James C. Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Saturday at St. Eulalia Catholic Church.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, 171 U.S. Route 6, Coudersport, PA 16915; Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 East Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915; or to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
A fond memory of Tom may be expressed at www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
118 South Union St.
Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Published in The Bradford Era from May 21 to May 28, 2012