Harry R. CHADWICK Jr.

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CHADWICK, Harry R. Jr. Born July 31, 1929, died July 16, 2014. Harry was born in Washington, DC and later moved to coastal North Carolina. He attended Duke University at the tender age of 15. A graduate of Duke Undergrad and the Duke Law School Class of 1953, he was a Blue Devil through and through. At law school Harry met his wife, Laurel Chadwick. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec 22nd of last year. Harry had 4 children, Elaine Chadwick Clanton, (Pembroke Pines), Jim Chadwick (St. Petersburg), Annie Chadwick Fleeting, (St. Pete Beach) and Renfrow Roberts Chadwick, who died in a car accident in 1966. His three surviving children gave Harry an abundance of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To date, 7 of them have attended Duke University. One of them, following in his grandfather's footsteps, met his wife at Duke as well! After graduating from law school, Harry served in Germany in the Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean War. At the end of his tour of duty, Harry and Laurel moved to St. Petersburg. Harry was quoted in a St. Petersburg Times newspaper article dated March 5, 1961 entitled, "Mr. Harry in a Hurry." At the time, he was the Chairman of the Pinellas County Commission. When asked why he chose to move to St. Petersburg, he replied, "I had graduated from Law School, but had no law practice. I saw no sense in starving and being cold, so I got a map. I saw St. Petersburg was surrounded by water, and I like fishing and boating. So, I came here!" He began his law career at the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Clearwater. Eventually he became the Chief Deputy Clerk, acting as Clerk for the County Commission. Unhappy with their performance, specifically relative to an issue still topical today, the practice of dredging and filling, he decided to run for office. At 29 he was elected to the Commission. Two years later, at the age of 31, he would be elected Chairman of the Pinellas County Commission, still the youngest Chairman to have ever served. Harry left public service for the private practice of law. Simultaneously he seriously devoted time to property development here in Pinellas County, where he was instrumental in the building of many for-profit and non-profit apartments for senior citizens, as well as numerous nursing homes and apartments. Carteret Management, which he started in 1971, survives today under the stewardship of his son, Jim, and has a portfolio of more than 2500 apartments across the State of Florida. Harry was proud of his accomplishments; but, never forgot the means by which they were achieved. The education he received at Duke, which his parents scraped to pay for, was his foundation for success. In loving memory of his dad Harry, Sr., he funded a Chair at the Duke School of Law, which is the sponsorship in perpetuity of a law school professor. Life was good for Harry and Laurel and their continued success allowed them to also recognize the role the Duke School of Nursing, (Laurel's alma mater), had played in their lives. In gratitude, Harry and Laurel funded a nursing school scholarship in Laurel's name. Harry touched many lives here and in Bonnie Scotland, where he and Laurel embarked on a very different venture and joined their son-in-law, Robert Fleeting, in buying a Premier Division Soccer Team, Kilmarnock Football Club. Founded in 1869, it is the 3rd oldest club in the United Kingdom. Together they built a new stadium, one stand of which is still called the Chadwick Stand in recognition of Harry and Laurel's contribution to the success of the team and the role they personally played in securing the future of Kilmarnock FC. Avid supporters of our local professional sports franchises, Harry and Laurel were original season ticket holders to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. And, of course, they still have two center-court seats at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where their beloved Dukies play basketball. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson McQueen at 7820 38th Ave No in St Petersburg at 3:30 pm this Saturday, July 19. A reception will follow at the Pass A Grille Yacht Club. Friends are invited to join us in celebrating Harry's life. In keeping with the Chadwick's dedication to Pinellas County, those wishing to do so may send contributions in lieu of flowers to Metropolitan Ministries, whose main purpose is to care for the local homeless. (www.metromin.org). www.andersonmcqueen.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 18, 2014
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