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Jay M. Chandler

Journal Opinion of Bradford, Vermont

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1938 — 2015

RICHMOND, VT — Jay Merrill Chandler, 77, passed away at his home in Richmond on Sept. 3, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Fair lee on July 12, 1938, the son of the late Merrill and Catherine (Tullar) Chandler.

Jay married Janice Chase on Dec. 29, 1962 in Bradford.

Jay spent his life in Vermont, attending schools in Fair lee and Post Mills while growing up. He graduated from Bradford Academy in 1956 and from Lyndon Teachers College in 1960 with a B.S. in Education.

After graduating from college, Jay met Janice while he and his buddies were out cruising in his '57 Chevy convertible in Bradford. Within the next year they were married. They were living in Fair lee when they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Lesley. They moved to Derby Line where their daughter, Carla was born and then to Richmond where their son, Douglas was born. In Richmond, Jay and Jan bought a piece of land with a scenic view of Camels Hump. Here, Jay designed and built their "house on the hill," where they lived for 45 years.

Jay taught and coached sports at the middle school level for 3 5 years, retiring in 1995. He taught in Plain field, That ford and Derby Line. He spent the last 20 years of his teaching career in Richmond, first at the elementary school and then at Camel's Hump Middle School until retirement.

Jay did a lot of moonlighting through the years, including working as a farm hand and driving milk truck for the dairy farms of his Tullar aunts and uncles. He was also self-employed as a builder and contractor, building houses, home additions, porches, decks and gazebos, often with his partner in C&C Construction, Doug Churchill. Most recently, he enjoyed working part-time for the Town of Williston for 10 yearsas a grounds keeper maintenance worker.

Jay was an athlete who participated in many sports including skiing, baseball, basketball, golf, snow mobiling and hiking. He treasured his many years of hunting in West Fair lee with his uncles and for nearly 40 years at the Straw's camp in Vershire. At camp, they even designated one of the two bedrooms as Jay's room. He also enjoyed cruising the winter trails throughout the Northeast on his snowmobile with good friends. He played golf in many locations, ultimately joining the men's league at Cedar Knoll where he also met some wonderful friends. Since childhood, Jay was a downhill skier and was on the ski patrol at Jay Peak back in the 60s. He also taught ski lessons at Cochran's Ski Area in Richmond in the after-school ski program. He passed his passion for skiing onto his children and grandchildren.

Jay was fortunate to be close to his family — both immediate and extended. He was able to enjoy the trip of his lifetime with Jan's siblings and their spouses, which was an Alaskan Cruise back in 2011. Jay and Jan also traveled to many National Parks, the Caribbean, Florida, Arizona, California, Colorado, Canada, England and Scotland/Wales.

Jay was a loving and involved father and grandfather who attended many games and events ofhis children and grandchildren. He always had a keen interest in everything they were doing and assisted in countless home projects for all. He particularly enjoyed offering advice when asked.

Throughout his last 25 years, Jay faced many health challenges with bravery and determination. This started with a diagnosis of leukemia in 1990 when he made a courageous decision to have an experimental autologous bone marrow transplant at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. This leading-edge procedure saved his life and brought him a remission, ther health challenges arose that he tackled with the same stoic qualities.

Jay is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Janice Chandler of Richmond; a son, Douglas Jay Chandler and wife Michelle of Huntington; two daughters, Lesley Alexander and husband Paul of Water bury Center and Carla Jan Chandler and husband Chuck Landry of Meriden, NH; a brother, Paul Chandler and wife Beverly of Verona, NY; three sisters, Janice Woodard of Wilton, NH, Rebecca Chandler of Montpelier, and Catherine Chandler of Fairlee; four grandchildren, Jordynn Chandler, Jay L. Chandler, Chelsea Alexander and Lauren Alexander; brother-in-law Dean Chase and wife Debbie; three sisters-in-law, Charlotte Chase, Muriel Nutting and husband Lester, and Terry Chase and husband Stephen Lang; his Aunt Frances Tullar; two uncles-in-law, Herbert Verry and H. Horton Washburn and wife Gerry; his aunt-in-law, Joyce Flint; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life for Jay will be held Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at the West Monitor Barn, 1949 East Main Street, Richmond, VT 05477. Inurnment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Richmond Congregational Church United Church of Christ, PO Box 302, Richmond VT, 05477; Richmond Rescue, PO Box 404, Richmond, VT 05477; or the charity of one's choice.

A. W. Rich Funeral Home of Fairfax, VT is in charge of arrangements.

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Original Publication Date: September 9, 2015

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