Courtenay Chase

Passed away on January 28, 2016
Courtenay Neale Chase (CNC) A Life Well Lived It is with heavy hearts, that Sara, Phil and Joan (Swing) Chase announce the passing of their beloved father and patriot on Thursday January 28th. Courtenay was born in Boston on June 7th 1921 to Grace A. Downey and Philip H. Chase. He was predeceased by 3 younger siblings: Barbara R. Chase Galloway, Lawrence P. Chase and Robert J. Chase. He attended St. Aiden’s School in Brookline and Brooks Academy in Harwich. At age 17, he chose to enlist in the US Navy on December 7, 1938, three years to the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was on the destroyer USS Lang, which was the first US war ship to re-enter the Mediterranean Sea after America’s declared entry into World War II and was in many battles around the globe, from which he earned several medals, ribbons and battle stars. He rose to the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate and was honorably discharged after 7 years of service on April 26, 1946. After his discharge, he became a licensed union plumber in Burbank, CA, and eventually came back East, to work for his father’s plumbing company in West Harwich. He went on to earn his master’s license, formed his own company and served as the Harwich Town Plumbing Inspector for many years. On November 23, 1950 Dad married the love of his life, our mother Mary Jane Houston. They remained happily married until she passed on April 12, 2012. They had 4 children and were predeceased by their oldest son Courtenay Neale Chase Jr. in 1982. Dad had a great sense of responsibility to his family and he considered it his duty to help them and make sure they knew they were loved. He was a true gentleman and great role model with wonderful characteristics. He was loyal, honest, genuine, patient and fair and he treated all that he encountered with kindness and had a great sense of humor. We will miss so much about him, especially his cheerful whistling, positive attitude and unconditional love. He never forgot the hardships and lessons of the Great Depression and was an avid recycler and fiscally conservative. In his later years, he enjoyed attending the Navy reunions around the country. He faithfully attended and was a loyal lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in West Harwich, where he served as an usher. He was also an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by daughter Joan Louise Swing (Jack), son Philip Robert Chase (Bonnie), daughter Sara Lorraine Chase, grandson Joshua Curtis Fellman (Nadia), great-grandson Moses Mark Fellman, Mack Cazimir Fellman, granddaughters Kipling Susan Chase, Savannah Mae Chase and grandson Parker Elwood Houston Chase. He is also survived by 3 sister-in-laws, a brother-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. Our family would like to thank his special friend Suzanne, the staff at VNA Compass and Rosewood Manor, for making Dads last few years some of the very best. A wake is being held at Morris, O’Conner & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main St. Harwich Center on Thursday, February 4th from 4-7PM and a Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Church in West Harwich at 11AM Friday February 5th with a burial to follow, at Island Pond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (www.pcrm.org).