Gregory J. Chase

July 22, 1943 - March 7, 2021
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Gregory J. Chase, 77, of Venice, Florida passed away on March 7, 2021 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.

Greg is survived by his wife of 32 years, Roberta Lincoln, and brother Peter Chase of Denver, CO, his daughters Heather Dumais and her husband Robert, Michelle Horne and her husband Kevin, Sarah Chase and her fiancé Jeff Jarmulowicz.  He also leaves his stepchildren Laurie Lincoln and her husband John Goodell, Kimberley Freund and her husband Tom, Jr., Chip Lincoln and his wife Valerie.  Also his 8 loving grandchildren Kate, Keira, Hanna, Leah, Will, Alex, Connor and Chase and his first wife Karen Higgins and her husband Barry.

Greg was born on July 22, 1943 in Worcester, MA to Allen and Ruth (Cotton) Chase of North Brookfield, MA where he grew up.   He graduated from Vermont Academy in 1961 and Defiance College in 1966.  Greg was employed as a teacher in Ohio before returning to North Brookfield to work with his father to build Chase Precast Corporation.  The company was a leader and innovator in the precast concrete industry.   He was an active member of the National Precast Concrete Association serving on their board of directors and as president in 1990.  He was selected for their annual Robert E. Yoakam Award of Merritt for his dedication to the industry.

Growing up Greg was an avid golfer, skier and baseball player.   At Vermont Academy he was a star pitcher for the baseball team and sang in the choir and octet as a baritone.  In college, he played on the golf team.   After college he settled in West Brookfield, MA to raise his family where he served as a selectman, was on the school committee and was president of the Rotary Club.  In 1988 he married Bobbie and they enjoyed traveling both nationally and internationally before settling down in Cape Cod, MA and Venice, FL.  They also enjoyed boating and taking cruises.  Greg was committed to education and always working to be a better person in business and life.   His retirement was focused on spending time with family, teaching leadership courses, serving on the board of trustees for Vermont Academy and of course anything related to golf.

Burial will take place at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Harwich, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vermont Academy in Greg’s name sent to PO Box 500, Saxton’s River, VT 05154.

 

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Born: July 22, 1943
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Steve Kingsland posted on 3/24/21

Bobbie, Heather, Michelle, Sarah, and extended family, you have my deepest sympathies. I have so many great memories with Greg; a mentor, teacher, and friend. He taught me so many things and had a huge influence on my life over many years. The earliest teaching moment I remember was Greg explaining the best way to drive in white-out conditions while on the ride home from a Friday night at Pine Ridge Ski Area...years before I had my license, but it still stuck with me. He gave me (and Chris) my first job during high school, and then my first full time job out of college. He was supportive when I decided to leave to try other things and lured me back after just a few years, and then continued to teach me how to deal with "dirtbag contractors." He was an out of the box thinker who created some unique precast over the years. I'm a better person for knowing him!

 

Pat Lindquist posted on 3/13/21

I just learned from Matt about the passing of your dad. Very sorry to hear that. What a remarkable man and legacy. Take good care.

 

Pat Lindquist posted on 3/13/21

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Janet Jackson posted on 3/12/21

Michelle, We are so sad and sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this challenging time.

 

Chris Pink posted on 3/11/21

Judi and I are so shocked and saddened to hear about Greg, Bobbie. During my first time on the Board,Greg was my mentor and became a good friend. I always enjoyed my conversations with Greg and his sense of humour. Judi and I have very fond memories of the day we spent with you and Greg in Venus a couple of years ago. Please accept our deepest sympathies. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Chris and Judi Pink

 

Mel Marshall posted on 3/11/21

I am so sorry to learn of your loss, Bobbie. Greg and you contributed so much to the industry that you both love, and made the NPCA a better organization because of your involvement. The wonderful relationship between the two of you was inspiring. We are all going to miss Greg, and seeing you together at our NPCA meetings. Please accept my warmest sympathies. Take good care and keep well. My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

 

Nancy Mayer posted on 3/11/21

I am so saddened to hear of Greg's passing. I wasn't much more than a year ago that I spent so much time with him. Bobbie- you and Greg have been so much a part of my life, and he was there to help me through a very difficult time. This leaves a huge hole in many lives. Big virtual hugs coming your way. I know you are surrounded my many loving family members. I hope I can give you the hug in person in the coming year.

 

Lisa Roache posted on 3/11/21

My heart is sadden that the world has lost a truly great man. I considered Greg a friend and a mentor in business...we still use many of the tools that he taught us here at Gainey's. Bobbie my prayers are especially with you. I always considered your marriage to be a goal...I always enjoyed watching the two of you interact together. Love always, Lisa Roache

 

Robert Willis posted on 3/11/21

We at LHV Precast are saddened to here about the passing of Greg. I had the privilege of sitting in on one of his lectures on succession planning at one of the NPCA conventions. He was a great teacher and he will be sorrowly missed. Our prayers go out to his wife and family. Bob & Jim Willis LHV Precast Kingston, NY

 

Alan Siebenthaler posted on 3/11/21

Bobbie and family, I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Greg's passing. You two were so involved in and passionate about the NPCA for many years and really helped shape what the organization is today. And during that time, I greatly appreciated our relationship and friendship, and have missed seeing you. Bobbie, you and your family will be in my prayers and thoughts during this sad time in your lives.

 

Barry Fleck posted on 3/11/21

To the Chase family. Thank you for sharing Greg with the rest of us. He was an inspiration to be around and a great teacher. We are all better people from being around him. He will be missed but his lessons in life will remain as a guide to our actions with others.

 

Bessy velonis posted on 3/9/21

My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Patty Eppinger posted on 3/8/21

Greg was such a wonderful person and a positive influence on Vermont Academy. I loved the time I spent with him there. I truly enjoyed reading "Unmitigated Tenacity" and appreciated how he learned from a myriad of exchanges and experiences. He was so very thoughtful. Please know that your family is in my prayers. His was truly a life well-lived.

 

Leslie Daniels posted on 3/8/21

Randy and I are so sorry for the loss of your Dad, Heather. We didn't have the pleasure of meeting him but he sounds like a terrific man. Thinking of you and your family - Leslie & Randy Daniels

 

Pam & Joe Milioto posted on 3/8/21

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Pam & Joe Milioto

 

Kimberley Lincoln Freund posted on 3/8/21

Greg was a wonderful StepFather and Grandfather! So many happy memories from being goofy and a trouble maker to all of the sound life advice he offered throughout the years. He was always thoughtful, kind, generous, fun, and loved being with Family. My girls grew up with him playing with them when they were little, encouraging them to make a mess with their food when toddlers and having fun with them into their teens. We will never forget all of the time together in Florida, on the Cape or over the Holidays. It was all fantastic and I am so grateful that he was such a large part of my life. He and Mom had so many fabulous years together. He will be so sorely missed but he will always be remembered and always be loved.

 

Jacqueline O Connor posted on 3/8/21

Dear Michelle, Kevin, Chase and extended family. We are saddened by the news of your wonderful dad, grandfather and husband. Please accept our sincere condolences. Sincerely , Jacqueline O Connor Rory Jagel Edward Cassidy

 

Kristin Sabat posted on 3/8/21

Our sincere condolences to all of the family this was so sad to hear he was such a kind man Rest In Peace 💔🥲Kristin and Mark xox

 

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