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Charles "Chandler" Irwin

AGE: 83 • Chesapeake City, MD

Charles "Chandler" Irwin, 83, of Chesapeake City, MD died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on November 26, 2015.

Born July 24th, 1932 in Chadds Ford, PA to Andrew P. and Helen Chalfont Irwin he graduated from Newark High School in 1950. In 1954 he married Georgia Wolf.

Chandler is well known for his success in farming and his avid love of animals. In addition to animals commonly found on a farm, several unusual pets could be found meandering around his farm like his gaggles of geese, a muster of peacocks, a llama he rescued by jumping into the sales ring at New Holland, a family of skunks, raccoons who raised their family in the treehouse he built for them, and a guinea hen who sat next to him at the kitchen table and followed him in the fields. After retiring from farming he enjoyed working in his woodshop building custom furniture and a walnut carriage he used for driving his beloved horse, Ben.

He enjoyed a variety of equine disciplines gaining national recognition in the sport of Combined Driving. Chandler was passionate about his competitive driving but he will be especially remembered for his genuine good sportsmanship. Even during high level competition he went out of his way to help his fellow competitors.

Middletown Pony Club was a significant part of his life. He served as a Co-District Commissioner when his children were in Pony Club. He influenced the lives of countless local children making a Pony Club experience possible for them. He stabled and transported ponies, drove his dozer to clear trails, built jumps and driving hazards for both local and national events that raised money to support the club and set an example of helping anyone who needed it.

He served on the Board of Trustees of the Delaware Trust Co., the Bethel Cemetery and Middletown Pony Club. He was a member of the Stephenson Lodge #135 AF & AM Masonic Lodge in Darlington, MD.

Chandler is preceded in death by his son "Channie" and his brother, Andrew Irwin.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Georgia and their daughters, Helen "Susie" Tadlock, Cindy Weymouth (Eugene) and Terry Brooks (David); grandchildren Ashley Anderson (John), Anna and Brooke Tadlock; and Bailey, Allie, Chandler and Lane Brooks. He also leaves his sister Ann Hicks and brother Robert Irwin.

The family would like to thank all who assisted in Chandler's care during his illness; Juan and Delores Martinez, Sara Wortz, Roxann Hillegass and the staff at Seasons Hospice.

Love of family, God and country were most important in Chandlers life. He enriched the lives of all who knew him.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Saturday, December 5th, 11 am at The Glasgow Church, 2880 Summit Bridge Road, Bear, DE 19701. Visitation will be from 10-11 am prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery, Chesapeake City, MD.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, P.O. Box 96105, Washington, DC 20090-6105 or the NRA Foundation, P.O. Box 1546, Merrifield, VA 22116-9851.

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Published in The News Journal from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2015
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