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Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel

10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA

OBITUARY

Michael Charles Chandler

April 4, 1945January 21, 2020

died peacefully, at his home in Swampscott, MA on January 21, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Providence, RI on April 4, 1945 to Harry and Lolita Chandler (both Navy vets), also predeceased by sister, Kate.

Left to honor his memory are wife of 53 years Jaquelyn, beloved son Bradley of Houston TX, cherished daughter Rachel and husband Richard of Lowell, MA. Michael was endlessly proud of his three grandsons; Aaran, Forest and Hanley of Houston, TX. Also survived by much loved brother-in-law Keith Sherwood and wife Kim of South Carolina, as well as lifelong friends, Pam and Howard Steinberg of Vernon, CT and Stephen Newman of California.

Michael attended Milford Mill High School in Baltimore, Maryland where he was president of his class, and University of Maryland. After a long career in food service management and corporate sales, he landed his favorite and last job with Historic Tours of America, where he utilized his knowledge of history in the city he loved, Boston, and his obvious gift of storytelling. He deeply valued the friendships he made there, often wisely mentoring those who asked “the Professor.” Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 3pm on Monday, January 27, 2020, followed immediately by a service in the Chapel, at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem, Ma 01970. Well wishes and remembrances may be conveyed online at https://www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Chapel Funeral Service Monday, January 27, 2020

Memories

Michael Charles Chandler

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Carla Hulion

February 2, 2020

I worked with the Professor at OTT in the early aughts. He was always looking out for us. When Laura and I (both in our early 20's) told him we were embarking on a cross-country road trip, he questioned us carefully about carefully about our plans and offered lots of good advice. Before we left, he gave us $100. We tried to return it, but he would brook no refusal. He said to keep it for an emergency, and to spend it on something fun should an emergency not arise. We had a pleasantly uneventful trip, so we spent it on a good meal in New Orleans. I will never forget that $100 and the peace of mind it brought, nor the meal it bought. And I will always remember fondly the man who gave all of that to us. God speed, Professor.

Sheila and Kevan Kushner

February 1, 2020

To our dear Sue and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt condolences are with you at this time.

We are sending our love and prayers to all of you

Love Sheila and Kevan

Mary-Liz Murray

January 28, 2020

Sending heartfelt condolences to all of Michael's family and loved ones at such a difficult time. The whole team at Old North Church & Historic Site truly enjoyed getting to know Michael and working with him. His passion for Boston, history, and connecting with people always shone through.

Namik Zeqolli

January 28, 2020


I am so sorry for Mike loss. I have been honored to work with The professor for eighteen years. I remember him as great person, smart, kind with every one.
Mike will be for sure missed.
RIP my friend!

Charlie Brazil

January 28, 2020

I had the great privilege of knowing Michael throughout various stages of both our careers with Historic Tours of America/Old Town Trolley, first during my stint in the Boston Operations in the early 2000's and then most recently in my new role. As many have indicated, I found him to be a spirited, passionate and intelligent individual who was a zealous advocate for our company and a tireless member of our organization who treated the company "like he owned it" and left it all out on the field, every day. I too had the great privilege of sharing many after hours chats with him on both work and non-work related matters and I always found him to be a thoughtful, interesting, and fun individual to converse with. He was truly "full of life" right until the end and I am so glad I had the chance to see him during my most recent visit in December. I will truly miss our talks and admired your wit, your determination and your dedication. You will be remembered, of that I am certain.....

Marcia Butman

January 27, 2020

We met the Professor around 2004 when Discover Roxbury and Roxbury Historical Society began trolley tours using OTT. His knowledge, wit, experience, humor and kindness as a trolley driver was perfect for us and he became our driver of choice. His almost encyclopedic knowledge of history was a huge benefit to us. He loved learning about Roxbury and many times he chimed in with additional info about US or Massachusetts history as it pertained to Roxbury and we welcomed that.

Once Michael found us we could totally relax as far as the trolley tour. He became an equal partner in our tours . He was game to go anywhere no matter how narrow the street and once and awhile into driveways. His dramatic u turns and left turns so tour participants could get as close as possible to small artifacts such as the Roxbury/Boston stone boundary marker were memorable.

He grew to love Roxbury himself and on his own brought trolley drivers and others back to see the sights and eat at restaurants like United House of Prayer cafeteria. He always recommended the meatloaf.

As he worked his way up in Historic Tours of America, he would continue to return to us. We last saw him when he returned in 2018 to drive the Roxbury Patriots’ Day tour .

Our condolences to Michael’s family, friends, and co-workers. We will miss him. And always be grateful for his work with us.

Marcia Butman, Discover Roxbury Byron Rushing, Roxbury Historical Society

Ernie Cavicchi

January 27, 2020

I worked with Michael years ago on the trolleys. Fair to say we butted heads a few times. His strong personality and my stubbornness I suppose. Yet I respected him and am grateful for all he taught us. Sounds as though he bravely battled his disease for a while. It's apparent that he'll be missed and was loved. My sympathies to his family and friends. Remember him well. I will!

James Denton

January 27, 2020

I worked with "The Professor" many years ago at OTT. I cherish the memories of this witty, wise and warm man. It was a pleasure to do a tour with him. A privilege to barrel down Bowdoin Street next to him.
Rest in Peace

Karen Fernandez

January 26, 2020

He always was a man of kind heart, intelligence, soul, and always had a fun story to tell. He will be missed greatly, to all those he touched.

Robert Eaton

January 26, 2020

I am so saddened by your departure Professor - you were the only Trolley Driver older then me - we had a lot of chances to talk about the "old times". Your great stories and good humor were a part of the fabric of Old Town Trolley. What a great leadager - even when you struggled with healthcare issues you always took the time to chat - even if we disagreed.
You fought the good fight. Somewhere I'm sure you are still telling stories with a meaning to all those who've gone before and walking a beach somewhere with some big beautiful dogs. Till we meet again old friend.

Boston Bob

FROM THE FAMILY