Guy LeValley Chaddock Guy Chaddock, retired president of Guy Chaddock & Co. and an icon in the fine furniture industry, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2007 in Honolulu, HI. Mr. Chaddock suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. A long-time resident of Los Angeles, Mr. Chaddock also owned a home in Honolulu where he spent many happy, sunny days over the past 25 years. Mr. Chaddock is survived by his sister Jean Chaddock Edwards of Menlo Park, CA and by his sister-in-law, Marie Chaddock; widow of his brother John F. Chaddock, Jr., Mr. Chaddock was predeceased by his parents John Foote Chaddock and Eleanor Tingman Chaddock. Mr. Chaddock also is survived by his nieces and nephews and their spouses: John F. Chaddock, III (Linda), Kathleen Chaddock Hove (Gary), David T. Edwards (Yvonne), Christine Edwards Caine (David), Richard Chaddock (Shirley), Elizabeth Edwards Stephenson (John) and Stephen Tingman Edwards (Elizabeth), 16 great-nieces and nephews and six great-great-nieces and nephews. Mr. haddock leaves behind many, many friends and professional colleagues whom e held in high regard and valued greatly. Mr. Chaddock was born August 10, 1924 in Oakland, CA. His family lived in erkeley and moved to Walnut Creek. He graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette and proudly served in U.S. Army in World War II on naval transport ships. Following his service, he spent a year traveling in Europe, where he developed and maintained friendships that enriched his life throughout. He attended the University of California Berkeley, 1947 and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and also attended Texas Tech while in the service. He attended his class' 50th reunion in 1997 with his sister. Mr. Chaddock continued his deep affection for his early life in Walnut Creek and visited frequently throughout his life. Mr. Chaddock moved to Los Angeles in the mid 1950's and began building a business, Guy Chaddock & Co., that continues today. While restoring antiques and crafting one-of-a-kind reproductions, he opened a one-man woodshop on Melrose Avenue. In his early days as his reputation and clientele grew, Mr. Chaddock added a small group of European craftsmen to the company and from this nucleus of skilled furniture makers, a line of country French and country English home furnishings evolved. He relocated his firm to downtown LA in the 1970's and to Bakersfield, CA in the early 1990's. His designs, renowned among top designers, continue to be featured in first-class showrooms throughout the country. Mr. Chaddock's entrepreneurial spirit continued as he and business partner James Frost launched Frost/Chaddock Developers, LLC in the early 1990's. Mr. Frost credits Mr. Chaddock for having faith in his concepts, backing his concepts financially and providing motivation to pursue projects. Frost/Chaddock and its investors continue to enjoy the benefit of Mr. Chaddock's vision. Mr. Chaddock was known for enriching his family and friends' lives with his spirited outlook, style, humor and devotion. The Satyrs motorcycle club members were among Mr. Chaddock's closest friends. He proudly displayed two gold statuettes awarded to him for "Best Meal on the Run." He relished hosting great parties and his guests spanned all areas and interests of his life. He most recently celebrated his 83rd birthday at his home with a hearty group of family and friends and his beloved cat, Sylvester. While Mr. Chaddock's daily life centered in Los Angeles around his friends and work, he unwaveringly kept in touch with his nieces and nephews and their families. He rarely missed any occasion to celebrate with them and any family celebration was incomplete without him. He leaves them a rich legacy of "Guy-isms," stories of cars, pets, friends, madcap adventures, mishaps and great generosity to all. It won't be the same without him, but all are better because of him. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday 3 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA, 91405, (818) 785-4251. A party to Celebrate His Life will be held at Mr. Chaddock's home following the memorial service. Donations may be given to charity of choice. Angeleno Mortuary Van Nuys Directors, (818) 778-1788
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Published by San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 29, 2007.