Bob Preston Chase, 85

 

OBIT ChaseRobert Preston Chase, (Bob), 85, of Poughkeepsie and Granville, N.Y. passed away on April 4, 2014, He succumbed to Parkinson’s disease.       

Bob was born July 16, 1928, to Louis Edith Louise (Fuller) Chase in Boston, Mass.

In his youth, Bob loved to roller-skate competitively. After his 1946 graduation, he was not content with traditional career patterns, so he and a buddy hitchhiked to the audition of the “Skating Vanities” and were hired. For the next 10 years he toured the world presenting the “Dancing Water” and roller-skating professionally. A highlight of that was a private audience with Pope Pious XII at the Vatican. For 27 years, Bob was the Master of Ceremonies for the Tommy Bartlett Ski, Sky and Stage Show in the Wisconsin Dells and performed with many entertainers, including Liberace. Bob was a person who lived life fully, enjoying many interests over the years such as tennis, skydiving, flying, designing robots, computerization, electronics, dancing and, of course, roller-skating. Bob loved to sail. He was always challenging himself and had a “try anything” curiosity that had him tinkering with everything. Bob was a licensed pilot who built and flew his own airplane as a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. All the grandchildren cherish their memories of flying and skating with Grandpa Bob. He created and built his own set of fountains called the “Musical Waters” that he and Ellen presented at various venues in the United States. In his retirement, years, Bob worked at IBM just to keep active.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ellen Elizabeth (Jago); his children, Preston, Marianne (Don), Alice, Richard (Eileen); his sister, Jean (Charles) Jones; and his grandchildren, Michael (Rachel), Darren, Laura (Michael), Karen (Jamie), Sarah, Lisa (Ryan), Dennis (Erika), Rachel (Troy), Austin, Mallory, and Andrea and Matt. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his 23 great grandchildren and his many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

All who crossed his path knew Bob as a kind, humble, caring, compassionate, wisely intelligent person with a genuine smile and a true gentleman. He was dearly loved by his family and friends. He helped many long the away. In accordance with his wishes there will be no services. Bob’s ashes will be spread on his daughter Marianne’s farm in Ohio and in Hawaii where his son Preston resides. After traveling the world over, he always said that Hawaii was his favorite.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Haynes House of Hope, 7187 SR 149, Granville, N.Y., 12832, a non-profit 501c3 comfort care home for the terminally ill and their families facilitated purely by donations and loving volunteers. Their gift of unconditional love, exceptional care and support of Bob and our family will never be forgotten.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, N.Y.

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