Rodney H. Chadwell

Stockbridge, Vt. — Rodney H. Chadwell, 66, passed away at his home in Stockbridge, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Rod was surrounded by his wife and four daughters at the time of his passing.

Rod was born Jan. 26, 1947, the son of William “Buster” Chadwell and Frances Holmes Chadwell. He grew up in Peapack, N.J. at the Essex Hunt Club, where his father had been huntsman since 1944. Rod followed in the family tradition, becoming first a whipper-in and then huntsman in 1978 for the Essex Fox Hounds at his father’s retirement. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the best huntsmen of his time.

His grandfather, Edward “Ned” Chadwell had been huntsman at the Orange County Hunt in Virginia, while his great uncle and cousin, Elias Chadwell and Earl Chadwell, for many years were in charge of the Millbrook Hunt in New York State.

Rod loved to hunt and fish, one year taking the New Jersey large-mouth bass record. He participated in many outdoor activities, including motor and sail boats, ATV’s, snowmobiling, motorcycles, canoeing and kayaking etc. He made sure that his girls learned to appreciate the outdoors as well.

“Rod had many friends from all walks of life, with whom he shared a great sense of humor, but never at anyone else’s expense. He was kind and caring to his family, whom he adored, and to his friends, his horses, and his hounds.”

Upon his retirement in 2002, he and his family moved to their farm in Vermont. There he was able to devote himself entirely to his young family, while finding fresh adventures in his new surroundings.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie D’Elia Chadwell; and four daughters, Kimberly, Jessica, Robin and Margaret; as well as a brother and his wife, Rick and Maddy Chadwell; and two nephews, Will and Clarke.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sharon Academy, Sharon, Vt. in the Name of Rod Chadwell.

The family wishes to thank all those who offered support in every way possible.

A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.

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