OBITUARY

Chelsey Remington

15 July, 19392 March, 2021

Chelsey Carrier Remington of Cape Neddick, Maine, a lifelong community volunteer, died peacefully at home from the effects of frontotemporal dementia. She leaves her husband of 58 years, David F. Remington; daughter, Chelsey Remington, son-in-law Jonathan Dabora, and their son Samuel of Concord, Massachusetts; and son, Jay Remington, daughter-in-law Laura Remington, his daughter Tessa Fager of Essex, Maryland, and their sons Peter and Patrick Remington of Bedford, Massachusetts. Born in Hartford and raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Chelsey attended the Glastonbury public schools and received her A.B. from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1961. After Brown, she joined IBM as a Systems Engineer and remained with IBM until 1969.

Chelsey was an active and committed community volunteer for over 44 years, generally in the fields of education and community service, and within those fields in the areas of fundraising and governance. She began her volunteer activities in her then home town of Harvard, Massachusetts in 1973. She chaired the antique show for many years which benefited the Harvard Public Schools. She was President of the Harvard Garden Club, President of the Harvard Historical Society, a Governor of the Concord (Massachusetts) Museum and a Trustee of Fruitlands Museums in Harvard for eleven years.

For over fifteen years beginning in 1981, Chelsey was associated as President and as a board member with Concord Family Service, a family service agency founded in 1814 that offered a broad range of family counseling services including older adult services, adoption, pregnancy counseling, and employee assistance services in an eleven-town area.

Chelsey was especially effective in fundraising. After recognizing the agency’s urgent need for a signature annual fundraising event she originated a “tasting event” that she named “Tastes of our Towns,” a sit-down dinner for 400 that featured 35 chefs from area restaurants. Their offerings were judged by such culinary stars as Jasper White, Gordon Hammersley, Jody Adams and long-time food critic Gene Burns. During the dozen or so years of the life of the event it generated well over $1 million of unrestricted support for the agency’s family service programs.

Chelsey was appointed a Trustee of Brown in 1999. She was National Chair of the Brown Annual Fund for three years. She was Chair of the Pembroke Center Advisory Council and a long-time member of the University’s Facilities and Design Committee.

Chelsey served on the Ladies Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), now the MFA Associates, for seven years. She chaired the MFA’s Patron Program for several years and she was a founding member of the museum’s planned giving committee. She was named an MFA Overseer in 1996 and was later appointed an Honorary Overseer.

Chelsey moved to York, Maine in 2005 where she served as a trustee of the York Land Trust. She was President of the Piscataqua Garden Club, and she joined the collections committee of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. She was a member of the Chilton Club in Boston and the Reading Room in York Harbor, Maine.

Chelsey doted on her grandchildren whom she adored. Her favorite place in the world was her family’s cottage on Moody Beach, Maine that her parents built when she was eight years old. She loved watching the children play there and she walked the beach regularly in summer and winter when she was well into her seventies. The peaceful and reassuring sound of ocean waves rolling onto the sandy beach was never far from her mind; night or day wherever she was. Chelsey had a self-taught but keen appreciation for landscape design, interior design, art and architecture all of which she brought to bear on the design of her family’s shingle-style home on Maine’s rocky coast. She was also a superb cook and a creative flower arranger. She spent hours in her gardens which she designed and maintained herself.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brown University, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, or the York Land Trust in York, Maine.

A memorial service will be held at Manning Chapel on the Brown campus on Friday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. The Glastonbury Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit glastonburyfuneral.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Brown University, Museum of Fine Arts
  • York Land Trust

Services

17 September

Memorial Service

4:00 pm

 

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Nancy White

7 April 2021

Dear Dave and Family,
Chelsey will always be remembered by our entire staff at Cliff House as one of the warmest, kindest, and most gentle souls.
Her smile was contagious and made all those she encountered
from Tiller restaurant, Nubb's and the front services team feel
special. Knowing she was an avid gardener, cook, and designer; she
certainly noticed detail and made it a point to mention it.
Chelsey will be dearly missed in our Bald Head Cliff community.
Nancy White and the Cliff House Team

Tom Mendell

2 April 2021

I remember Chelsey as a very special person. She was down to earth and very competent (I'd expect nothing less of a fellow former IBM'er) but also warm and caring.

What really helped define her to me was what a great listener she was. People sought Chelsey out because she was a positive person, genuinely interested in their thoughts and always gave sound advice. Given that she and Dave were in Massachusetts and Andy and I were in NYC, we didn't see nearly enough of Chelsey over the years.

As her obituary clearly captures, Clelsey was a treasure and positively touched the lives of many, many people.

Andy and I would like to extend our condolences to Dave and her extended family.

With Lots of Love,

Andy and Tom

John Fitch

22 March 2021

Chelsey was always a perfect host. Her contribution to the various organizations she belonged to was thorough and deeply appreciated. I will always remember as a "classy Lady" in every respect. If you were fortunate enough to enjoy her cooking and home made ice cream , you were very lucky.
She will be sorely missed.

Bonnie Couture

20 March 2021

Dear Remington Family,
I just learned of Chelsey’s passing.
I still think of her adoring smile as ahe looked at pictures of or told stories about Sam, Peter & Patch.
I enjoyed time with her & will always remember her & your family.
Loving Peace to her.
Fondly, Bonnie

Francis [Frank] Keenan

20 March 2021

Dave,
I met Chelsey in October 1961, Boston, attending our FIRST IBM Training Class. The class was mostly guys 4+ years out of college, in the service, and all of a sudden here we were back in a classroom. Without her assistance and patience many would not have made it!!
Her whole life continued to be one of helping and encouraging others.
Pat and I wish you and your family well and everyones' love,
Frank & Pat Keenan

David Durrant

19 March 2021

David and family,
So sorry to hear of Chelsey's passing. Pam and I have many fond memories of Chelsey, not only on the deign of your home, but all the good times Pam had with Chelsey in talking "gardens" and doing various Garden Club projects. She was a great friend to the town of Harvard and all who knew her.
David and Pam Durrant ❤️

Andrea Watt

19 March 2021

Dear Dave, Chelsey and Jay,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Chelsey. She was an exceptional person who contributed so much to so many. I have many fond memories of her as a neighbor and family friend. Warm wishes and please know you are in my thoughts.
Andrea Watt

Merri Lee Johnson

16 March 2021

To Chelsey's Family,
I'm so honored to have known Chelsey many years ago when I worked with her as the Evening Coordinator for the Concord Family Services "Tastes of the Town". She was such an inspiration to all, always having a smile on her face, willing to "pitch in" when needed, and a genuinely kind and loving person. The world is definitely a better place because of her influence and love.
She will surely be missed by all.
My thoughts are with you all.

BARBARA and Ed Nicholson

15 March 2021

All these decades later we remember Chelsey as a sparkling person, full of life..thoughtful and giving and fun to be with. We send deepest sympathy to David. So glad our paths crossed way back at Brown/Pembroke.....how special to have known her when we were teenagers and to learn of her many outstanding accomplishments!

Linda Hoopes Tracy

15 March 2021

Dear David and Family: I went to Pembroke with Chelsey, and I remembered her fondly when I saw her picture in The Boston Globe. It was a beautiful obituary. What a remarkable life she created after her years at Brown. As a New Englander since 1966, I could imagine her accomplishments in the town of Harvard, at the MFA and at Brown. You created a beautiful picture of her family life and home life, as well. I am sorry she had to endure illness in her later years. Thank you for sharing her story.

With kind regards,
Linda Hoopes Tracy '62

FROM THE FAMILY