Published: October 9, 2012
Alden Brewster Chick, 78, beloved husband, father and “Poppa,” died peacefully September 2 at home, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with Lewy body disease. For many years, he was a fixture at antiques shows in Connecticut and as far as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Texas and Minnesota, assisting his wife, Norma Chick, as she ran her antiques business, Autumn Pond Antiques.
He was born in Worcester, Mass., on April 22, 1934, to Alice (Shaw) and John B. Chick. Alden settled in Bolton, where he met and married his best friend, Norma. He was a self-employed mechanical contractor until his retirement. He was a member and past president of the Rockville Exchange Club. Poppa’s favorite pastime was spending time with his family especially his adored grandchildren. He enjoyed watching the UConn and Notre Dame basketball and football teams and the Red Sox.
Alden is survived by his wife of 40 years; their children, William Chick and his wife Tammy of Texas, Christopher Rich and his wife Natalie Ardeel of Madison, N.J., Kimberly DeFilippis and her husband Frank of Bolton, Scott Rich and his wife Lori of Bolton, and Tracey Zajac and her husband Edward of Woodbury; grandchildren, Jeremy and Nicolas Chick, Olivia Rich, Derek DeFilippis, Jacob Rich, Emily and Julie Rich; sister, Ruth Scott Byrd; brother, John C.A. Chick and his wife Laurie; sisters-in-law, Janet Targgart and her husband Jack, and Donna Sterling; many nieces and nephews; a special daughter, Rebekah Hope and her husband James; and a special granddaughter, Rachael Chick Kodom.
He is also survived by three estranged daughters and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Alice and John Chick, sister, Marilyn Thomas Peters; brother-in-law, Neal Thomas; sister-in-law, Darlene Skarin Chick; loving and devoted companion, Sandy.
A special thank you to Raphael Kobby Kodom, Francis Kwame Boamah and Henry Darko, from A Caring Hand, who assisted him at home.
A memorial service took place at Bolton Congregational Church September 5. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Lewy Body Dementia Association ( lbda.org ).
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