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J. Richard ("Dick") Chase

March 12, 1923 ~ February 13, 2018 (age 94)
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Lake City, Florida formerly of Newark, NY and Rochester, NY- J. Richard (Dick) Chase, 94, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

     Dick was born the son of the late Cecil G. and Ethel (Molye) Chase on Monday, March 12, 1923 in Newark, NY. He graduated from Newark High School class of 1941. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 1947. Dick was a WWII Navy Veteran, graduated from the Columbia College-Navel Midshipman School in NYC and served on the USS Menard (APA 201) and USS Henrico (APA 45). Dick was a Certified Public Accountant. He retired from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rochester, NY as Acting CEO, culminating his 33 year career. Dick was a past member of the Musical Box Society and the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). He was a lifelong music lover; particularly, big band and classic jazz music. He was also the former owner of Chase's Family Restaurants, Inc.

     The funeral home proudly flies the Navy Flag in honor of his service in the United State Navy.

     Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Noreen (Sweeney) Chase; daughter, Laura Chase (Dominic) Martin; son, Dr. Thomas R. (Marilyn Graham) Chase; his former wife, mother of his children and dear friend, Anna Mary Chase; daughter-in-law, Joanne Burritt Chase; granddaughter, Christiana Chase (Sean) Jones; nieces, Mary Kay Pelow Birch and Judy Pelow Welkley; adopted sister, Katherine Jean Austin; and nephew, Roy Austin.

     Dick was predeceased by his son, John Gilbert Chase and his sister, Betty Chase Pelow.

     Family and friends may attend a Graveside Service with full military honors on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11:30 am in Newark Cemetery.

     In memory of Dick, in lieu of flowers please consider donations to your local Humane Society. You may write a memory or condolences to the family by visiting

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