On the evening of October 11th, Carl Chaffee passed away peacefully at his home in Morgan. Carl, who was born on April 9th, 1941, lived in Albany, Vermont for most of his life. It was there that he worked and raised a family with his loving wife Ruth, who predeceased him in 2014. Carl is survived by his three children, Keith of Los Angeles, California, Karl and his wife Amber of Morgan, and Kelly and her husband Andrew of Brownington. Carl also leaves behind his siblings Lloyd of Glover, Cort and his wife Darlene of East Albany, Kaye of Irasburg, sister-in-law Sherry and husband John of Morrisville, brother-in-law-Rod of Craftsbury, his loving grandchildren, Hilary and partner Travis of Brownington, McKenna and partner Anthony of Charleston, Kaden of Brownington, Ashley and her partner Joe of Derby and Dilan and his partner Allie of Waltham, MA.
Carl married the love of his life, Ruth Sweeney, in 1963, with whom he would share the next fifty- one years. He spent most of his adult life working as an artificial inseminator for many local dairy farms. He loved to visit the farms and chat with the many farmers he served throughout Orleans and Essex Counties over the years. In addition to this, Carl also served for eighteen years on the Albany Board of Selectmen, many of those as Chairman. Carl was also an avid sports enthusiast and loved the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics. He was also a life-long bowler who enjoyed many years of leagues in Newport, Lowell and Morrisville. In 2009, Carl won the Vermont State Seniors Bowling Tournament, an honor that allowed him to compete in the National Seniors Bowling Tournament in Reno, Nevada. He also had a life-long passion for hunting and fishing. Cutting firewood and having a greenhouse were also hobbies he enjoyed, both of which turned into small business ventures during his semi-retired years. In his later years, he also became fond of travelling and would make the three-mile trek to the Morgan Store almost daily. On days when he felt extremely adventurous, he would make a trip to the Evansville Trading Post to see his daughter or to Bob's Quickstop, a place he frequented for decades while living in Albany. Aside from the Schwan's salesman and his faithful Beagle sidekick, Della, Carl will also be sadly missed by both family and friends he knew from his many years in Albany, and more recently, the friends he made during his last few years while living in Morgan.
In lieu of flowers, Carl would have asked that you please send donations in his name to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morristown, Vermont 05661 or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Carl's honor on October 31st at 11:00 am at the Albany Town Hall. Immediately following the Celebration of Life, relatives of the family are invited to a graveside service at the Albany Village Cemetery to be held at 1:30 pm.
Published by Newport Daily Express from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2021.