Ronald E. Chase, Sr.

Published Jan 12, 2018 at 4:00pm

Ronald E. Chase, Sr., 78, of Blossvale, NY passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born February 14, 1939 in Colton, NY, the son of Donald and Lula Trudell Chase. He served with the U.S. Army from 1957-59. 

Ron loved to tell the tales of the many jobs he had, starting from when he was a boy. Of his jobs, his most well known was for Marshall & Houseman Co., in Sherrill, NY, where he worked for many years as Parts Manager. On March 29, 1982, his life changed in two incredible ways: his first grandchild, Korey May Gates, was born, and he started his own business with Snap-On Tools. He spent the next 25 years traveling the tri-county area as the “Snap-on Man,” a title he was very proud of. He was truly an American success story — starting life with so little and, with only his own hard work, becoming a successful self-made business man.

During those years he enjoyed spending his off hours at home with his wife, Helen, and watching NASCAR races with his best “Buddy,” grandson Ryan Cobb. He took pride in all of his grandchildren: Korey Gates, Katie (Gates) Sommerville, Joshua Chase, Amanda (Chase) Broniszewski, Andrew Walters, Justin Chase, Ronald Chase III, Travis Chase, Ryan Cobb and James Cobb. He took great joy in watching them all grow up, get married and double his joy by giving him a total of 11 great-grandchildren.

On March 16, 2007, he lost his beloved wife of 47 years after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Although he was broken hearted with her loss, he was able to move forward in life when he met Patricia Bielby. He and Patricia traveled extensively including an Alaskan Cruise. They married November 11, 2011. He was fond of noting what an amazing life he had led.

Unfortunately in the last year, his travels came to an end, as he began another journey — struggling to overcome complications from lifelong Type I Diabetes. 

He is survived by his wife Patricia Bielby Chase; his five children, Donald and Amy Chase, Karen and Stephen Gates, Kimberly Walters, Ronald Chase, Jr. and Kathy Cobb and Bill Portner; step-son Robert Smith; two brothers, Richard and Edward Chase; and a sister, Debbie Herringshaw. He is predeceased by his sisters Patricia Chase Sevey and Leona Chase and step son Melvin Smith. 

He was laid to rest today, January 12, 2018, in a private service, next to his beloved wife Helen, in McConnellsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please donate to American Diabetes Association, National Breast Cancer Foundation.