Daniel Barry Chase of Marblehead, born August 4, 1948, passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife Pat on Monday, May 7, 2012. Dan was raised in Stoneham by his late parents, Eleanor Dorothea and Robert Parker Chase with his older siblings, Robert and Virginia, and younger sister Martha. Dan will forever be remembered as a devoted father and proud family man who loved to tell stories and share jokes with friends. With a recognizable tall stature, Dan, affectionately called "Big Bird" among friends, worked in the automotive industry. He owned and operated Chase Transmission for over 20 years in North Reading, and for the past eight years Rod, Resto and Repair in Swampscott. He was an active member of both Mass Street Rod Association and the Strokers Hot Rod Club. Aside from being a car enthusiast, Dan was an avid sailor, golfer, and in his younger years a semi-pro pitcher in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He had a great love for traveling with family and friends, listening to blues music and watching the Red Sox win. He is survived by his wife Pat and two daughters Heidi and Heather as well as his siblings and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. His family wishes him a safe journey and a happy reunion with his best pal and sidekick Moon Shadow, his beloved black lab. Dan's family welcomes family and friends to drop by Rod, Resto and Repair on Saturday, May 19 from 9 am to Noon at 211 Essex Street in Swampscott. Family dogs are also welcome, as Dan always loved the company of four-legged friends! Memorial donations may be made in honor of Daniel B. Chase to MSPCA-Angell located at 350 South Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02130 or online at http://www.mspca.org/donate/tribute-honor--memorial-giving/. For online guest book or additional information please call 978 744 0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
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Published in The Stoneham Sun from May 10 to May 17, 2012