Brian W. Chase
30 November, 1964 – 12 July, 2018
After a very long, courageous journey through Stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer, Brian died at home on July 12, 2018 at age 53. He was surrounded by the love of family and friends. Brian is survived by Charlee Channing, his wife and Kindred Spirit of more than 25 years; his father, Derwood Chase (Johanna), two older brothers Sumner and Stuart (Gabriela), Charlee’s children Chris, Lisa, and Matt Pawlina, a grandson William, and a much-loved granddaguther, Ava Grace Karoliussen. During his illness Brian was blessed to receive prayers and positive energy from all over the world, and he remained grateful to the end. This incredible support allowed him to survive far longer than any expected and share his courage with all around him. Brian: “There aren’t words to explain how blessed I feel to have Charlee in my life, making my life worthwhile when I was healthy and possible when I was ill. To all those I leave behind, I wish love and happiness.” A memorial service will be held in the Teague Chapel on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Please bring your fond memories to share and wear Brian’s favorite color, purple. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite animal welfare organization.
Tuesday, 31 July , 2018
Brian W. Chase
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8 September 2018
I was so very sad to just hear of Brian's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at Wintergreen as a realtor for a couple of years and was so impressed with his kindness, gentle, easy going personality as my Broker. He was always helpful and kind to all. I am sure he is terribly missed by all who knew him. He was a gem in the Real Estate world.
6 August 2018
Brian was the best real estate agent we ever knew. He helped my father, Bill Sammons and his wife, Kris, buy the house at Wintergreen. He supported them through the entire process, and for long afterward with suggestions and referrals and, most of all, friendship. Just last Fall he was still helping Bruce and me be of support to Kris. He was always so gracious, even when he must have been shaking his head and wondering if the commission was really worth all of this!!
We were stunned last Friday to hear of Brian's death. We are so very, very sorry.
We are holding all of you in our thoughts,
Dave and Jessica Brown
31 July 2018
We recently were informed of the sad news. Brian was a great guy. We were fortunate enough to have met him at Wintergreen. He always impressed us with his positive energy and would help you out if ever in need.
Hugs and thoughts to the family.
29 July 2018
Brian and I met ~30 years ago in graduate school, and developed a long-lasting friendship around our many mutual interests – business, automobiles, fitness, real estate, etc.
He had an amazing combination of integrity, character, intelligence, energy, and passion for life. Throughout his battle with this daunting illness over the past few years, Brian maintained a level of courage, optimism, and grace that were inspirational.
Godspeed, my friend – I will miss you greatly!
20 July 2018
Dear Charlee, Derwood, Johanna and Family,
Don and I were so sorry to read about Brian. We always enjoyed seeing him at Wintergreen. He always had the nicest smile and we will remember talking with him often. We send comforting thoughts and wonderful memories to all of you.
18 July 2018
When I was growing up, Brian Chase lived next door to my grandparents Williston and Beverly Clover and my great grandfather Burtt Clover, very near UVA President Frank Hereford's horse farm just west of town. We were about the same age (OK I am actually 8 days older), and were in the same grade and same class for several years in elementary school, and we quickly became the best of friends. I remember often going over to his house after school, or him coming over to my grandparents house, to watch Batman and drink chocolate milk, or listen to his Chuck Berry and Elvis 45 singles over and over. We would run around the neighborhood, and over the rolling hills and around the ponds of Bobby Thomas's farm next door, playing various games, and had a few Tom Sawyer like exploits. He was always a most dependable and reliable friend, rather like a very precise clock. Here is a poem about our childhood that I wrote in his honor.
In Memory of Brian Chase
Come let us go
Down by the creek
By the crayfish and minnows
We'll play tag in the yard
Or catch fireflies at twilight
Out in the fields
In the last ray of sunlight
By the river bend
The endless summers
We thought would never end
We'll run through the grass
Past the magnolia tree
Find the truth
In the dirt on our knees
Where did it go
The lost world now only
In dreams of long ago
I still hear in the distance
Your mom calling you
Her voice lingers in the hills
Waiting for you
I will see you again
Somewhere over yonder
Where our childhood ends
We'll run in the Merrifields
Our laughter in the air
In the fields beneath the Blue Ridge
I will see you there
17 July 2018
Brian was a kind man and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. We met when we lived in Ashcroft .
17 July 2018
As managing broker at WRPP, Brian was dedicated to helping new agents be the best they could be, without being overbearing. He was kind, caring, and always had a smile on his face. He was so organized, that he could do twice as much as most other people. I also had the pleasure of meeting Charlee at several WRPP events. What a wonderful couple they make. So caring of each other. We moved from the mountain about 2 years ago, so I didn't see Brian much after that, but will never forget his love of Lindor Truffles. I will continue to smile every time I think of Brian and his wonderful smile. Dawn
16 July 2018
I was so sorry to learn of Brian's passing. I can't imagine losing a child! My prayers and sympathies are with both you and Johanna. I pray that God will give you comfort in knowing that Brian felt the love you had for him and that you will remember the wonderful memories you shared as a family.
15 July 2018
About 4-5 years ago I used to see Brian very early in the morning at ACAC, while he was stretching diligently. We would chat about daily life. He invited me and my son, Jesse, to the martial arts class. We met you there. I was very sorry to see this news in the paper today. I hadn't seen him recently as my gym schedule had changed. Brian was a sunny spot in my morning workout and I enjoyed his company. I am very sorry for your loss. I wish you well.
15 July 2018
My first memory of Brian was at a tire recycling event in the 1990s. Brian and Charlee were among the group of volunteers who lugged muddy tires in a cold and pouring rain all day to raise money for Voices for Animals.
Over the next few decades, I saw Brian at many other volunteer gigs - the annual Cville Veg Fest, rummage sales to raise money for spay/neuter, vaccination clinics for pets in low-income neighborhoods, a slew of protests standing up for animals - and every once in a while, at social events where we could just relax and hang out.
He always impressed me as a man of integrity, kindness, and an even-keeled approach to life. He did so much to make the world a more humane place for people and animals, but he never craved the limelight. With all his talents, smarts, and drive, he remained a down-to-earth and humble soul.
If the universe was fair, people like Brian would live to be 100 and never know a day of illness. That this wasn't the case is heartbreaking, but I hope he found peace knowing that he made a positive impact on the world and everyone whose life he touched. My heart goes out to Charlee and his friends and family mourning the loss of this truly special person.
15 July 2018
Dear Charlee and Family,
I was so sad when I saw the paper today. Brian was such a wonderful soul. He always brought out the best in everyone and had great satirical side that would make you smile. We will miss him.
Besides, we will always remember him because he helped all three of us buy our homes!
So sorry for you Charlee to lose your soulmate, such a difficult time.