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Smart & Edwards Funeral Home

183 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME

OBITUARY

Richard Chamberlain

July 14, 1946March 11, 2020

Richard H. Chamberlain Jr., 73, of Skowhegan, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020, surrounded by his loving family, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a short fight with cancer. Dick was born in Binghamton, New York, the son of Richard H. Chamberlain and Elizabeth (Hale) Rowe on July 14, 1946. Dick married the former Bonnie Kiefer, a high school classmate, on March 13, 1971, in Weedsport, New York. Dick graduated from Weedsport High School, class of 1964, attended the SUNY Maritime College, and graduated from Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S. in Forest Engineering. Dick and Bonnie moved to Maine in 1977 as Dick started work for Scott Paper as Woodlands Forest Engineering Equipment Engineer. He also worked for S.D. Warren and SAPPI as a Unit Manager, and retired as Region Manager of North West Region from Plum Creek Timber, working primarily out of the Bingham and West Forks offices, responsible for managing 450,000 acres of forest. Dick, a member of the Naval Reserve, served active duty on the USS SAVANNAH (AOR4) from February 1971 to December 1972 as MM3 in the Engineering Department-Machinery Division during WestPac 72 deployment. Dick enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, gardening and lawn tending, traveling, and charting genealogies. He followed news in thirteen papers and the racing series Formula 1, IMSA, and NASCAR. In DeRuyter, New York, he was a past member of Ruritan. In Skowhegan, he was Director and later President of the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce. He designed and carried out the first Logging Events held during Log Days, involving both amateur and professional contestants. He was a silent member of the Skowhegan History House and the Skowhegan Free Public Library. Dick is predeceased by his father Richard H. Chamberlain, aunts and uncles, Alice Hutchinson, Pat and Chuck Hale, Barry Hale, Phillip and Lucy Chamberlain. Besides his wife Bonnie of 49 years of Skowhegan, he leaves his two daughters, Claire McCown and her husband Paul of Lantana, Texas, and Sara Chamberlain of Austin, Texas ; his mother, Elizabeth Rowe of Binghamton, NY; his brothers, Jamie Chamberlain and his wife Sharon of Concord, Ohio, Dennison Chamberlain and his wife Nedra of Cicero, NY, Carl Chamberlain and his wife Mary of Binghamton NY; his three grandchildren, Marilynn, Corbin, and Cora; his brother-in-law Gregory Kiefer and his wife, Lois, of Stowe, VT; many nieces and nephews; and Shipmates, especially Kaz and Dale; and his fur baby, Feng. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine, if you would like to leave the family notes of condolences you may do so at our website – www.smartandedwardsfh.com Donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or the Travis Mills Foundation, 747 Western Avenue, Manchester, Maine 04351.

  • FAMILY

  • Besides his wife Bonnie of 49 years of Skowhegan, he leaves his two daughters, Claire McCown and her husband Paul of Lantana, Texas, and Sara Chamberlain of Austin, Texas ; his mother, Elizabeth Rowe of Binghamton, NY; his brothers, Jamie Chamberlain and his wife Sharon of Concord, Ohio, Dennison Chamberlain and his wife Nedra of Cicero, NY, Carl Chamberlain and his wife Mary of Binghamton NY; his three grandchildren, Marilynn, Corbin, and Cora; his brother-in-law Gregory Kiefer and his wife, Lois, of Stowe, VT; many nieces and nephews; and Shipmates, especially Kaz and Dale; and his fur baby, Feng.
    Dick is predeceased by his father Richard H. Chamberlain, aunts and uncles, Alice Hutchinson, Pat and Chuck Hale, Barry Hale, Phillip and Lucy Chamberlain.

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Michelle Chamberlain

April 1, 2020

Uncle Rich was a man of few words but always made me laugh. I remember coming back from NY after a family get together in Binghamton and Mark and I stopped at the same rest stop as Bonnie and Sarah and they were talking to Uncle Rich on the phone. They had him on speakerphone and I asked him a question and he gave an extremely short Yes or No answer and said nothing else....Complete silence. I remember asking Bonnie and Sarah...”Is he mad?” They both laughed and said, “No! That’s just how he is!” - RIP uncle Rich. We love you. - Mark and Michelle

sharon chamberlain

March 31, 2020

Bonnie, Claire & Sara -
Lots of memories, especially of summer vacations at the lake. Good times. Dick cared deeply about the family, he just did it in his own way and fashion. He was also smart and well versed in the subjects near and dear to his heart and did not suffer fools gladly. I know, I was one of them a time or two. I am so glad we got along so well together, like oil and water but we knew where we both stood and it was OK. You gotta love a guy who stuck to his convictions and that was Dick.
The kids remember lobster races in your backyard in Skowegan - who does that? Our Maine cousins, Aunt & Uncle, that's who. He held a special place in the Chamberlain family and will be missed by all of us. Be at peace Dick and I hope you are no where near Carl Smith!

Carole W Ozark

March 31, 2020

Dear Bonnie & Family,
My sincere sympathies to you and your family on Dick’s passing.
May the happy memories you shared sustain you through this sad time. Bonnie, should you get back to the Weedsport area, please look me up.
Warm Regards,
Carole W. Ozark

Mary Chamberlain

March 14, 2020

There are no words that can say how our hearts hurt for Bonnie and the girls , You will be missed by all of us especially your little brother Carl. He Loved you so much and treasured the relationship the two of you had , he will miss your daily phone calls and we will miss your visits to Binghamton. The only comfort we have is knowing you are no longer in pain ❤️We Love you Rich and we will see you again when our time on earth is done so until than Rest Easy 💔Love your Brother Carl , Mary and Family

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