Obituary posted by : Thomas C. Chase, Jr. , Father
Thomas C. Chase, Sr. passed away unexpectedly, departing this earth for his Heavenly Home on July 10, 2013 in New Milford, CT.
He was born February 2, 1938, in Boston, MA to Beulah I. (Fisk) Chase, and Charlie A. Chase.
He was a graduate of Charlestown, NH, High School. Thomas is a veteran of the United States Navy receiving an early discharge from the service. After the service he attended North Bennett Street School for Carpentry in Boston, MA.
Thomas adventured off to Louisiana to work on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico for a short period of time, before moving out to the Pacific Coast. His hero was the French diver, Jacques Cousteau, driving him to become a certified open-water diver in Long Beach, California and later receiving his advanced open water certification in Florida.
Thomas decided to return back home to New England to continue with his education. He stayed in Boston, working in construction while attending Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he earned his B.A. in Civil Engineering.
He never lost his love of diving; he went scuba diving with close friends to Laguna Beach, La Jolla, and Carmel, California, as well as the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the Gulf of Mexico.
Thomas lived with a great sense of adventure. He loved traveling back and forth across the country. He enjoyed woodworking and deep sea fishing; boating, organic gardening, flying, weight lifting and boxing, NASCAR racing, swimming, camping, reading, science fiction and mystery novels. He loved cultural events such as: concerts, theatre, operas, films, fairs and symphonies. He also loved cooking, especially barbequing.
Thomas later went into business for himself and became a General Contractor in the State of Massachusetts and built many custom luxury homes in New England and throughout the country and high rises in Texas and Florida.
Thomas was recognized as the finest master builder for his company in custom home building, which was the most revered company in the New England coastal region and the Gulf Coast of Mexico of Southwest Florida and Texas.
Thomas leaves behind his four children from his two marriages, son Thomas C. Chase, Jr., of Naples, FL, daughter Cheryl D. Chase of Millbrook, NY, Prince W. Chase of Phoenix, AZ and Scott T. Chase, Claremont, NH; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and many friends in the community and scattered across the country. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Pauline Chase of Charlestown, NH, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Thomas was a very perfect gentleman, with a heart of gold and could light up a room with his smile, piercing hazel eyes, and boisterous laugh. He was a humble man of his word, a man of strong values. He had big strong hands and believed in the power of a firm gentleman’s handshake with gentle soft touch for woman.
Thomas was proud to be the first cousin of the greatest catcher to ever play the game of baseball, Carlton Fisk, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 188 Main Street, Charlestown, NH, with Rev. Marthe Dyner officiating. A cremation burial at the Pine Crest Cemetery will be held immediately following the celebration of life service. Please email your contact information to: TCCHASESRMEMORIAL@gmail.com and notification will be sent out with a date and time.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Thomas’ name may be sent to “The Chase Home for Children” of the seacoast of Portsmouth, NH, mailing address: 698 Middle Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801, email Kristy Whipple at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 603-436-2216 [ext. 101].