Chester Bernard VOLPE

July 1, 1944April 27, 2021

Chester Bernard Volpe passed away on April 27, 2021 at the age of 76, peacefully surrounded by family at home in Tucson. Chester is survived by his son and daughter, Christopher J. Volpe and Cassandra Volpe Horii, grandchildren, Sophia L. Volpe and Maya J. Horii, and siblings Joseph Volpe, Mallay Volpe, and Evelyn Kee. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy R. Volpe (Crux) and by parents Raymond and Evelyn Volpe. Chester, who went by Chet, was born July 1, 1944 in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, graduated from Westinghouse Memorial High School in 1962, and married his high school sweetheart in 1963. After leaving Pennsylvania, Chet and Nancy lived in Orange County, California, during his Marine Corps service, where he worked in Avionics. The family moved to Woodstock, New York during Chet’s early years working as a Customer Engineer for IBM, servicing mainframe computers, then lived for a brief time in New Jersey. Chet, Nancy, and their two children moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1975, where Chet continued to work at IBM, moving into management and later retiring after over 25 years of service with the company. Following his work at IBM, he enjoyed a second career in technical recruiting for a variety of major companies around the US; he and Nancy lived in Arlington, Virginia for a few years while he worked in corporate recruiting before his full-time retirement back in Colorado. Chester and Nancy spent winters in Tucson, Arizona and moved from Colorado to Tucson permanently in 2015 to enjoy the sunshine. Family and friends remember Chet as a problem-solver with a sharp sense of humor, who enjoyed the latest technology, along with science fiction and movies, throughout his life.

Family and friends will celebrate Chester’s life privately. In lieu of flowers, please join Chester’s family in their gratitude for the support that hospice services provided during the final months of his life. Memorial donations can be made to the Amedisys Foundation at, which supports the hospice needs of patients and caregivers.


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Richard Johnson

May 3, 2021

I knew Chet for only a short while. My former wife and Nancy were friends. I got to know Chet through several dinner parties the four of us had together. I know that Chet spent a good part of his life with IBM. I had other friends who had been at IBM; I was very impressed with Chet as I was also impressed with many other "computer guys" I have known in my life. Though I am a scientist, Chet struck awe in me when I became aware of his technical knowledge. Bye and bye, I invited him to join a book group I attended with several other individuals who were essentially intellectuals. Chet fit right in, as I was sure would happen. Of course, the pandemic has sidelined so many activities, book groups among them. I liked Chet very much; he was quiet and unassuming--gentle and kind. I write this with a heaviness because I will miss his lifting spirit.

Kim Beck

May 3, 2021

Chris and family
I am sorry for the loss of your father. I always thought you were kind and caring- must have gotten it from him. Take care during this difficult time. Kim Beck (used to work with Vance)

Cassandra Volpe Horii

May 2, 2021

Love you so much, Dad. Missing you already. You noticed what was important and I will always admire how you set your own course in life and figured things out, with curiosity and humor, even when it wasn’t easy. And I’ll always remember your warmth and love.

Claudia Volpe

May 2, 2021

Chet was my brother-in-law for more than 50 years. Joe and I loved him and Nancy and their two wonderful children. I have treasured memories of our visits with them over the years. Some of the things I loved about Chet was his calm and quiet manner, his sense of humor, his soft chuckle and his sensible position on issues. I will miss him.

Joseph Volpe

May 2, 2021

Chester B. Volpe, Chet, was my big brother. He was more significant in my life than my parents. He was always near and I would go to him first if I was in trouble, hurt or needed advice. His quiet presence was quite a contrast from my constant motion and babble. He would observe, listen and consider all situations. He was methodical and measured in his actions. He was my role model. My brother. I will miss him and love him always.

Chris Volpe

May 1, 2021

So grateful for your love, guidance and patience, it has made me a better person, husband and father.