Vernon Chester III
1962 - 2021
BORN
December 2, 1962
DIED
April 10, 2021
Vernon "Gus" Chester, III

Barre - Retired Worcester District Court Officer, Vernon "Gus" Chester, III 58, of Barre formerly Worcester passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021 after a valiant Battle with Cancer.

A larger than life, man with a strong will, huge heart, and exceptional smile, was born in Worcester, the oldest son of Vernon "Gus" Chester, Jr., and Patricia A. (Tarby) Chester. Raised in Shrewsbury, he graduated from Shrewsbury High School, became a correctional officer with the Worcester County House of Correction. Gus then had an opportunity to become a Court Officer with the Massachusetts Trial Court in Worcester, a position he flourished in, made many friends, brother court officers, police, lawyers, and judges alike. Gus was known to have a positive attitude and always there to help. He was loved by everyone. Not one to be in one place too long, Gus over his career worked in several courts, including Worcester, Fitchburg, Leominster, Dudley, East Brookfield and retiring as a member of the Trial court in Orange after a total of 30 years of service. He also worked as a licensed Heavy Equipment Operator, and Asbestos handler for EG Fisher Construction Company.

Gus is survived by his parents, Vernon "Gus" Chester,Jr, and Patricia A. (Tarby) Chester of Springfield; his brother Mark D. Chester and his wife Pamela of Rockland; two nephews he cherished dearly, Ian and Justin; his 106-year-old maternal grandmother, Frances V. Tarby; his Aunt Verna Hughes of Ayer,MA, his Uncle Mike Tarby and Aunt Vicki of Ludlow, MA, uncles and aunts, cousins, and many friends; He joins in heaven, his maternal grandfather William A. Tarby and paternal grandparents Vernon Chester, Sr. and Constance Chester.

An active man, Gus enjoyed fast motorcycles, snowmobiles, and boats; pretty much anything with a motor. He also loved being outdoors, whether hiking in the woods or fishing lakes, streams or the ocean, boating, hunting, target shooting his collection of pistols and rifles. Gus also loved his family and spent time with his Mom and Dad and family on weekends and family vacations in New Hampshire and Cape Cod.

Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours Monday, April 19th from 2 pm to 5 pm in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. followed by his funeral service at 5 pm. Burial will be private.

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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So saddened to learn of the passing of my friend & co-worker Gus. My deepest sympathies to the Chester family. Gus was a good guy, who made me laugh and you were a great co-worker! May you be at peace.
Toni Tucker
Coworker
April 26, 2021
May the memories of you son be a comfort to you now, and may it help to know that our prayers and thoughts are with you in your sorrow.
The Wheeler Family
April 24, 2021
I am so sad to hear of Gus’ passing. I grew up in same neighborhood and met him every morning at bus stop and rode the bus with Gus and laughed with him always! He was a great kid!!!!
Neighborhood Friend
Friend
April 22, 2021
To Pat and Gus and the Chester Family. I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your son Vernon. Remembering you, dear friends, with a heavy heart. God bless and keep you! Karen Ambush Thande
Karen Ambush Thande
Friend
April 20, 2021
To the Chester family. I was saddened to hear of your loss. Although I did not know young Gus. From what I have heard and read. He was quite a guy. I pray that our Heavenly Father will give you peace and comfort during these difficult times. Jim Gray
james gray
Friend
April 19, 2021
Dear Pat & Gus: I have thought of little else since hearing of the loss of your son. I can only recall a handful of times that I had the pleasure of being in his company, but the bright smile and contagious laugh are etched in my memory - Gus most certainly had a light about him. I don't have words to fully express just how sorry I am for your loss, but I hope that the warmth and love that has always surrounded the Chester family helps to comfort you today and in the days ahead. With love, Kathy Guzzo
Kathy Guzzo
Friend
April 19, 2021
Vernon Augustus Chester III, I will never forget you and will cherish every moment we spent together forever in my heart. I hope that you know just how much you meant to every heart that you touched throughout your journey. May God be with your family and friends at this very sad time and comfort them in the same way that you so freely comforted others, never holding anything back and never expecting a thing in return. You were a gift to this world and you will forever be sadly missed.
Friend
April 18, 2021
Gus was a great guy . I was court officer for Leicester police and met Gus there and he was a guy with a big heart and would go out to help anyone.. god speed Gus
Steven Zecco
April 18, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't see Gus regularly but when I had a case in his court he'd always come greet me with a smile and a laugh. I literally never saw him not smiling or joking with people.
Patrick Burke
April 18, 2021
My love and prayers for your family. I pray that God brings you peace and comfort.
Deb Newell
Friend
April 18, 2021
I worked with Gus many years ago at the jail. I always found him to be a happy caring, solid man. He always had a big smile even when we had confrontational situations. RIP brother Gus
Anthony Petrone
April 18, 2021
Condolences to the Chester family
Thomas Doughton
April 18, 2021
I met Gus in 1976 at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation. Then years later, we reunited through our careers. Gus was the funniest man I have ever met. Gus: May You Eternally Rest in Peace and May God Comfort Your Family and Friends. God's Speed Brother.....
Joseph Hilton
Friend
April 18, 2021
Patricia, Gus, Mark and family. So sorry to hear of Gus's passing. Always looked forward to his visits to Tatman & Park and his phone calls. He was so full of life it is hard to believe he is gone. I'm thinking of you all.
Jane Sawyer
Friend
April 18, 2021
Pat, Gus, Mark and family. I was very sad to read that Gus had died. I remember him and Mark when they were growing up on Oak Street. And of course Pat, you and Michael also. My heart goes out to all of you. May God be with you all and bless you.
Carol (Miles) Billings
Carol (Miles) Billings
Neighbor
April 18, 2021
Im sorry to hear about your son"GUS"think about your good times you had with him!!!
BRUCE ENGLUND
April 17, 2021
Dear Gus, Mrs. Chester and Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. We wish you the best always and forever. Respectfully, Steve and Anastasia.
Steve Marangoudakis
Friend
April 17, 2021
As a friend of Mark Chester, I grieve for the loss of your brother. The family will be remembered at Trinity Church Rockland.
Daniel Crockett
Friend
April 17, 2021
I´m sorry to hear this. He was a good guy. RIP Gus
Dennis Fleming
April 17, 2021
Our hearts are heavy for you. Deepest sympathies
Norman, Donna and Evan Rollo
April 17, 2021
I am so sorry to hear and read the news about my friend's son. If anything like his dad (Gussie) and his aunt (Verna), I know that he was a man that would step up and be of friendship if needed. My condolences and prayers to all of the family.
Kenneth Troy
April 17, 2021
My condolences to the Chester family, I did not know Gus was sick, so his passing was a shock to me and many others. RIP, my good friend. I will remember all the many laughs and good times we shared working together. A true professional.
ALEXANDER RODRIGUEZ, III- Asst. Clerk Magistrate, Worcester Superior Court
April 17, 2021
To the Chester family on the loss of their son my heart felt sympathies
Bill bratchell
April 17, 2021
Dear Pat and Gus. My heart is so sad for the loss of your son. It is such a very hard thing to happen to parents. I am thinking of you and sending much love and prayers. Words are so hard to come by, but I want you to know that I care. Love you. Betsy
Betsy Gillman
April 17, 2021
Dear Pat and Gus...my heart is saddened to read of Gus's passing. There are no words to ease your sorrow but I am wrapping my arms around you in comfort. Much love, Lanny
Elaine Keevan
April 17, 2021
Hon. Dennis Brennan extends his condolences to the family. Gus was a great guy and an excellent officer.
Hon. Dennis Brennan
April 17, 2021
My condolences to the Chester family. Gus was an outstanding court Officer. Always courteous and understanding with everyone. May you Rest In Peace My friend
Judge Luis G. Pérez ( Ret)
April 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss,Gus was a great guy and will be missed.
Frank Panarelli
April 17, 2021
Which to say sympathy to Gus in cat on the loss of your son. Mike Leto
Miike Leto
Teacher
April 16, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Edward Weldon
Coworker
April 16, 2021
My sincere condolences to Gus’ family. I’ve known Gus for more than 30 years and I will miss him and his great personality.
Richard Dumas
Coworker
April 15, 2021
Thank you for being such a good friend and mentor for so many years. You helped me so much through a difficult time, and I’ll never forget that. I’ll miss the joking, the horseback riding, and the workouts. Lots of love to your beautiful family & friends.
Sincerely,
Trish
Tricia Durand
Friend
April 15, 2021
My deepest condolences to Gus’s family! He was a Great friend! I only have fond memories of Gus and will be deeply missed by many! My thoughts and prayers are are with you!

Ray Loughlin J.
Ray Loughlin Jr
Friend
April 15, 2021
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Chester family,
I met Gus at Quinsigamond College back in 1981 and we share the same birthday, but he is one year older. Very nice person and had a great smile. We met up again back in 2013. He had not changed much still funny. May you rest in peace forever Gus. Very sad news of your passing, so until we meet again rest easy. Jackie Kupfer Vincent
Jackie Vincent
Friend
April 15, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Gus's passing. He was so kind and good to me.
I will NEVER forget him.
Ana Garcia
Ana Garcia
Friend
April 15, 2021
Very sad to hear about Gus He was a very good person with a great sense of humor he will be miss my condolences
Reggie Leblanc
Friend
April 15, 2021