The Rev. James E. Chase, longtime Pastor of the Federated Church of Charlton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in his home from complications of colon cancer. He leaves his wife of 35 years, Diane Chase, and his daughter, Valerie Chase and her husband David Pinsonneault of Providence, RI. He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy (Chase) Cunningham.
He was born in Brockton, the son of Everett W. and Janet (Robb) Chase, Jr. Jim received his Bachelor’s degree in Geophysics from Boston College and his Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. He was the longest tenured pastor of the Federated Church of Charlton, serving 33 years. He served on the Disaster Response Ministries Team of the historic Massachusetts Conference for many years, and was Chaplain for the Charlton Fire Department, beginning in 2000. As a member of the Mass. Corps of Fire Chaplains, he served in New York City during the 9/11 aftermath; in Sandy Hook, CT; and in Boston after the marathon bombing. He had the honor to teach at a seminary in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a sabbatical in 2015.
He enjoyed running, playing cards, especially whist and cribbage, and walks and lessons with his dog. Jim loved playing and listening to the banjo. All his life, he sought to serve Jesus faithfully and with love.
Rev. Chase also preached at St. Joseph’s Church in Charlton on occasion, including each year during the Week of Christian Unity. The family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Church for their hospitality in granting the use of the church for Jim’s service, so that we may be safely socially distanced.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 at 10:00am in St. Joseph’s Church, 10 H. Putnam Road Ext., Charlton, MA. Burial will follow in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton, MA. Calling hours in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, MA, will be held on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Federated Church of Charlton, P.O. Box 70, Charlton, MA 01507.
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