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Leland G. Chase III

Charlestown, N.H. — Leland “Terry” Chase III, 64, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Vt. after a long battle with cancer.

Terry was born on Nov. 17, 1949, in Springfield, Vt. to Dr. Leland G. Chase and Mary (Marcotte) Chase. He attended Springfield schools. During his life he worked in several machine factories in Springfield and Claremont, N.H. He moved to Charlestown in March of 1987 and has called Charlestown his home ever since.

Terry was an organ music enthusiast and spent many years of his life building and repairing pipe organs, but later on fell in love with the many sounds that could be achieved with a digital organ. He helped bring an Allen digital organ into St. Lukes church in Charlestown where he was the organist for several years, and was eventually able to put one in his own home where he hosted a few small concerts for family and friends. Music was a large part of his life, and he was able to share his love and passion for organ music with many people over the years.

Terry was a talented photographer, leaving behind many breathtaking photos of scenery, flowers, wildlife, and of course, his family! He loved the water, and enjoyed many years of waterskiing and boating at his parents’ seasonal home on Lake Sunapee. He loved being with his family and friends and went on several trips with them over the years to places from Maine to Florida. He loved hunting with his brother and spent many days at the shooting range with friends and family as well. He loved watching and playing golf, both on the golf course and on his PlayStation at home. Muscle cars were also a big part of his life, his pride and joy being his 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ. He collected many model cars later on in life to help remind him of the cars from the “good ‘ol days.”

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debi (Purmort) Chase; daughter, Heather (Chase) Marsh, son-in-law Richard Marsh; two granddaughters, Ariana and Hailey Marsh (all of Charlestown); brother, Douglas Chase (Springfield); sister, Marti Jackson (Claremont); a nephew and godson, Gregory Jackson and his wife, Patty of San Antonio, Texas; and several other relatives.

Calling hours will be held at Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad St, Claremont from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at St. Luke’s Church, Main St, Charlestown. Burial will be at Union Cemetery at a later date.

Donations can be made in Terry’s memory to establish a trust fund for his granddaughter’s C/O Claremont Savings Bank, 145 Broad St, Claremont, NH, 03743.

To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence visit www.stringerfh.com.