Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

458 Hope Street, Providence, RI


Irwin Jerome Chase

June 14, 1926May 5, 2020

CHASE, IRWIN J., 93, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Freeman) Chase, they were married for 59 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Martin and Helen (Newburger) Chase.

He is a graduate of Brown University. He was on the board of directors of Rhode Island Hospital Trust bank, and the International Mass Retailing Association. He was also a Rhode Island Commodore.

He was inducted into the RI Heritage Hall of Fame in 2009, and was co-founder of Ann & Hope, the 1st discount department store in America. Prior to starting their own businesses, Sam Walton (founder of Walmart) and Harry Cunningham (Kmart) each came to RI to study Ann & Hope’s pioneering discount department store concept. In its heyday, Ann & Hope employed 3,000 associates across RI and MA.

Irwin was a US Army infantry veteran, having served during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star medal. He fought in Germany and Austria in Patton’s 3rd Army. His company was the first to cross the Rhine river in Germany, and was involved in the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son Michael Chase; son Bradley Chase and his wife Rebecca; brother Samuel Chase and his wife Eszter, sister Marjorie Torgan and her husband Philip; sister-in-law Ruthie Steinberg; and granddaughters Lauren, Madeline, Hannah, and Julia. He is predeceased by his brother-in-law L. Saul Alpert and brother-in-law Edward Steinberg. There was nothing more valuable to Irwin than his family. He will be remembered as a kind, humble, and generous man.

Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, his funeral services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel, Providence, RI. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Irwin J. Chase College Scholarship Fund at Temple Beth-El, or any charity of your choice. Cards may be sent to Phyllis Chase, C/O Ann & Hope, Inc., 1 Ann and Hope Way, Cumberland, RI 02864.



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Fred Costa

May 13, 2020

Dear Phyllis, Michael & Brad,
I am so sorry for your loss. Irwin was a very special man to me. I enjoyed my visits and talks with him.
I enjoyed listening to him speak about his love for his family, my father and his homemade wine, the war and many other things . I truly appreciated and respected him not only as an employee but as friend. He was a great man and will be truly missed.

Sincerely, Fred Costa

Cecilia Raposo

May 11, 2020

Mrs. Chase, Michael and Brad please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Irwin was a kind and caring man. I started working at Ann & Hope in Cumberland in 1969 and retired from there in 2008. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I have wonderful memories during my 39 years of working for Irwin, Sam, Saul, Michael and Brad. May his soul rest and peace and God Bless his family.

Michael Fitzgerald

May 10, 2020

Phyllis, Michael, and Bradley,

I am very saddened to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Michael D. Fitzgerald

Cyndie & Jonathan Seely

May 10, 2020

We were so honored to be with you today. Irwin was an extraordinary man and we loved him. We're sending lots of love to you and your family. He will be missed.
The Seely Family

Robert Gilbane

May 10, 2020

Irwin was a wonderful friend and a kind and loving person.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Irwin and Phyllis were a great team. My mother, Jean Gilbane, often remarked “they are the best!”
Irwin’s passing is a great loss for his family and many friends

Bob and Sally Gilbane

Janet Barton

May 9, 2020

Mrs. Chase,

Lee and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We will remember Irwin as a gentle and friendly soul with really good stories to tell. So glad we got to spend at least a little time getting to know him.

Janet and Lee Barton

Joyce and Bob Starr

May 9, 2020

Dear Chase family, Bob and I are so saddened by Irwin’s passing. What a great man. He was so spectacular in so many avenues. He will always be remembered for his gracious generosity and creative mind. May you all be left with fulfilling memories. Sincerely, Joyce and Bob Starr

Melanie Parent

May 9, 2020

Deepest condolences for the loss of Irwin. Our thoughts are with you. We all are wishing you peace and comfort during this sad time.

With sympathy,
Melanie Parent, Joshua Masters and Ed Migley

Paula Kirshenbaum Isacoff

May 8, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Our families go ba ck many years in RHODE ISLAND, both on the Gorfine and Kirshenbaum
Having seen you both just recently at the PB Grill it is difficult to imagine this happening so
soon after.
Thankfully you have all the wonderful memories over so many years.
Be well
Paula K Isacoff

Stephen Sternbach

May 8, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Irwin over 40 years ago and I must say, he was a very impressive and distinguished man. Phyllis , I’m very sorry for your loss . Stephen sternbach.


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