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James Edmund Chase

James Edmund Chase, 84, of Ipswich, died quietly Monday morning, April 23, 2012 in the Beverly Hospital.  He was a thirty-seven year resident of Ipswich and was predeceased by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Charlotte Hill Chase.

Born on January 25, 1928, son of the late Frederick W. and Evelyn (Currier) Chase, he was raised in Newburyport and was a graduate of Governor Dummer Academy and Boston University.  He was employed as Town Engineer by the Town of Ipswich for fourteen years, retiring in 1993.  He was an experienced civil engineer, in Greenland with the National Geographic Survey, in Page, AZ, as a foreman on the Glen Canyon Dam, and in Boston at firms including Metcalf & Eddy and C.E. Maguire where he created infrastructural blue prints for various projects including Martha’s Vineyard Airport and the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  In the late 1950s, he flew to Havana, the notorious party city of pre-Castro Cuba.  Jim was a dry wit with impeccable timing and languid delivery.  He was a reciter of ribald verse, self-authored or not.  To those who listened, his words are legend.  

Jim is survived by two brothers, Robert C. Chase of Falmouth and A. Gregory Chase of Whiting, NJ, and his sister Bronwen Bell of Union, NH.  He is also survived by his children, Deborah Chase and her husband Chuck Cipoletta of Framingham, James Chase and his wife Collette Chase Russell of Chelmsford, Martha Chase of Manchester-by-the Sea, Rebecca Chase of Ipswich and Pamela Chase of Beverly; five grandchildren, Diana and Leah Chase of Chelmsford, Michael Krauser of Chelmsford, Emily Brown of Gloucester and Katie Brown of Ipswich, and many nephews and nieces. 

His funeral services will be held 10 am Saturday, April 28, 2012  at the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in the New High land Cemetery, Ipswich and a gathering at the Ascension Memorial Church for further remembrance and light refreshment. Family and friends are all respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday April 27, 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the BI Memorial Fund, c/o Ben Fabry, 19 Noble Hill Road, Beverly, MA 01915 or a charity of one’s choice.

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