NORTHAMPTON - Lawrence Philip Chase, of 179 Elm St., Northampton, passed away on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, embraced in love by his wife, Ellen, his four children and their spouses and his grandchildren.
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He was born March 4, 1928, in Hyannis. He grew up in West Harwich, with his parents, Grace and Philip, and his three siblings, Courtenay, Barbara and Robert.
He graduated early from Harwich High School and joined the Navy to serve in World War II. He was stationed in Chicago and Oregon, working on fireboats. He was a captain in the Air Force Reserves. He attended Boston College and ultimately graduated from Tufts University. He then attended Loyola School of Dentistry and worked at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. There, he met his future wife, Ellen, a nurse. He completed an advanced degree in Maxillofacial Surgery. He earned a Masters degree in Head and Neck Anatomy at The University of Rochester.
He, his wife, and his growing family ultimately settled in Northampton. Lawrence was dedicated to his family, his patients, his community and his country.
At each of the schools his children attended, he built and donated items he noticed were needed. He made a toy box for South Street School and renovated the teacher's room at Saint Michael's School. He was elected Superintendent of Smith Vocational School for sequential terms, and donated his entire board compensation to a scholarship for nursing students.
Throughout his career, he provided oral surgery care to any and everyone who needed his services, regardless of their ability to pay. He served as Chief of Oral Surgery at Cooley Dickinson Hospital for over 30 years. Because he loved to teach, he taught CPR throughout his career. His "retirement job" at the Veterans Hospital of Leeds was one he enjoyed tremendously, and he served loyally until he was 78 years old.
Larry treasured his many friends in his Science Club, which still meets on Thursday nights, his Investment Club for which he was the treasurer, his local Dental Association, the Rotary, and The Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed sailing, playing golf, wooden boat building, astronomy and home improvement projects. He loved the ocean and spent time on Cape Cod, Coastal Maine, and Cape Ann.
Always a learner, he attended a medical lecture with his daughter just two weeks before his death, and listened with fascination. Ultimately, his greatest joy was his family. He attended many of his grandchildren's school, sports, arts and musical events. Just 18 months ago, he helped his grandsons build a prize-winning car for their soap-box derby.
Each of his four children and nine grandchildren were able to kiss him goodbye. He would want to be remembered as a family man, a patriot and the excellent oral surgeon that he was.
He is predeceased by his parents, Philip Hathaway Chase and Grace Agnes (Downey) Chase; his infant daughter, Flo-Ellen; his sister, Barbara and her husband Gordon Galloway; his nephew, David Galloway; his brother, Robert Chase and his sister-in-law, Janie Chase and her son, Courtenay.
Lawrence leaves his wife of 54 years, Ellen ; his children, Mary Bridget Chase, Grace Chase Ames and her husband David, Betsy Chase Hutcheson and her husband Walter and John Chase and his wife Bonnie; his beloved grandchildren, Max, Chase, Wilson, Henry, Connor, Jack, Patrick, Aidan and Brendan; his brother, Courtenay Chase; his sister-in-law, Jane Chase; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Memorial visitation will be held at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton, 173 North St., Northampton, on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The family invites you to join them on Saturday morning at Blessed Sacrament Church, 354 Elm St., Northampton, at 11 a.m. to celebrate the Liturgy of Christian Burial for Dr. Chase. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Harwich at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
, 54 Wayside Dr., West Springfield, MA 01089 or Fallen Heroes, The Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation, 7106 175th Place SW, Edmonds, WA 98026.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 27, 2012