Robert Edward Chakales

Richmond, Virginia


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CHAKALES, Robert Edward, 82, of Richmond, son of Edward Pete Chakales and Blanche Wiggs Chakales, departed the physical world for his heavenly reward on February 18, 2010. He is survived by one brother, Charles L. Chakales and wife, Patsy, of San Antonio; and sisters-in-law, Mary A. Chakales, Linda Chakales and Linda P. Chakales. Robert was preceded in death by brothers, Dwight E. Chakales of Leonardtown, Md., John P. Chakales of Asheville, N.C. and James H. Chakales of Knoxville. Robert is survived by his loving wife, Anne MacKenzie Chakales; and supportive children, Sandra Chakales Parrish and husband, Edward F., Robert E. Chakales Jr., James M. Chakales and wife, Sarah Z., Dabney Chakales Erwin and husband, Charles B., and Susan M. Chakales; along with 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Known as Chick during his sports-playing days, Bob was one of Virginia's best high school athletes, being named All-State in football, basketball and baseball for two consecutive years, while attending Benedictine High School. Bob played 16 years of professional baseball, including major league seasons with the Indians, Orioles, Senators, White Sox and Red Sox. After baseball, Bob began a 40-year career as a golf course designer and contractor. Bob completed about 200 golf course projects, including Sawgrass for the PGA and numerous courses in the Richmond area and throughout Virginia. Bob served as two-time president of the Golf Course Builders Association of America. Bob was an Army veteran. He also gave his time to work with the Tuckahoe Little League, including coaching baseball for many seasons. Robert "Chick" Chakales will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father and friend to many. Bob was a member of Second Baptist Church on River Road. Family members will receive guests from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2010, at the Parham Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2010, at Second Baptist Church, where the family will gather with friends one hour prior to the service. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to support his grandson and others afflicted with Ataxia-Telangiectasia at A-T Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd. #105, Coconut Creek, Fla. 33073,

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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I am very sorry to hear about your dad...having lost mine several years ago I appreciate how much you miss them. I have always focused on the great memories which still bring a smile to my face. Thinking of you!
Hugs and prayers for you and your family!

I did not hear the news of your father until Monday evening. I am so sorry. Please know I am thinking of your entire family.

You are all in my prayers.

Having met Mr. Chakales about a year ago and in speaking with him on almost a daily basis, he's shared with me stories of everything from long days in contruction, to golf courses, to baseball stats, to the perfect pitch. Know that he will be watching over you just as vivaciously as he lived his earthly life. I pray you the strength to celebrate his life, rather than our loss. We will all miss him dearly.

Dear Mrs. Chakales, Dabney, Susan & boys,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. This is a very difficult time, as I have experience the loss of a parent (my daddy), several years ago.

Celebrate his life...that is what he would really want you to do. God Bless you all.

In Christ's Love, Cindy Cook Adams

Dabney and family. We are praying for you and hope that sooner than later your tears will turn to smiles of happy memories. We love you.

Susan, I know words can't describe the feelings at this time but please know that all of your friends here in Raleigh/Durham have you on our minds and have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. I never knew your father but since his passing, I have read a number of articles about him and about the wonderful, exciting life that he led. What a remarkable man! What pride there must be to have been apart of his life. Stay strong through this difficult time. Remember, he will be there...

Dabney, Charlie and family...Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

Dabney - my heart is with you and your family during this time. Please know that I will keep you all in my prayers. Love sent, Wimberly for all the Jessups