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Jan 25, 2012, 9:44 AM

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Richard Chesebrough (81) of Laconia, NH passed away at home after a long battle with lung cancer. The son of Joseph Cutler and Lois (Brown) Chesebrough, Richard was born in Westerly, RI on January 29, 1930.

Richard grew up in Stonington, CT, a coastal town co-founded in 1649 by his ancestor, William Chesebrough. His great grandfather, Edward E. Bradley, was one of the three founders of the Mystic Seaport. Under the tutelage of his grandfather, Benjamin, Richard became proficient in both sail and power boating. He decided to pursue a nautical career and attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He graduated with a Coast Guard Third Mate’s license and commission as Ensign in the Naval Reserve in September of 1951, and then began a two-year tour of active duty that he voluntarily extended into a 20-year Naval career. He retired from the Navy in 1972, having earned the National Defense, Korean, American Expeditionary, Vietnam and United States Service Medals.

It was during his last tour of active Naval duty as head of the Department of Naval Science at SUNY Maritime College that Richard found his second career, Director of Waterfront Activities and celebrated Sailing Coach for the college. It was then that he earned the moniker “Cheese” from his students.

In 1977, Cheese was asked to pilot the chase boat for the America’s Cup defender, ENTERPRISE. He went on to drive the chase boats for Cup winner FREEDOM (1980), and contenders LIBERTY (1983) and STARS AND STRIPES (1987). In 1987, when Cheese returned from Australia, where he had devoted 18 months to the successful effort to bring the America’s Cup back to the U.S., he became a full-time competitive sailing volunteer.

As a certified U.S. Sailing Umpire and Judge, he served both match and team races internationally, and participated on a number of race committees, primarily in mark boats, until he retired for health reasons in 2010. Cheese was a member of the New York and Manhasset Bay Yacht Clubs and the Storm Trysail Club.

Cheese was a volunteer at Lakes Region General Hospital and was very involved in his church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothea, their children: Sylvia Murray and partner David Pringle of Norwich, CT; Lois Wilder and husband David of Braselton, GA; Wendy Lowe and husband Richard of Venice, CA; Steven Chesebrough and wife Patricia of Meredith, NH; and their grandchildren: Sarah Murray of Bethany, CT; Heather Murray of Bradenton, FL; Benjamin Murray of Groton, CT; Erin Wilder of Hoschton, GA; Ian Wilder of Tacoma, WA; a sister, Nancy Denison of Mystic, CT and twin brother Donald of Gilford, NH.

There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life is scheduled on Saturday, January 28th at 11:00am at Saint James Episcopal Church, 876 No. Main Street, Laconia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James Episcopal Church Scholarship Fund or the C. Thomas Claggett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta, 231 Indian Avenue, Portsmouth, RI 02871.


Jan 25, 2012, 9:47 AM

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He was one of the good guys!


Jan 26, 2012, 5:23 AM

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Cheese will be missed, he was a wonderful person who loved what he did and it was always about the kids and the sailors. Cheese and Dot were my house parents in Australia and they became a second family to me and i will always be greatful for the friendship that cheese gave me. Anyone that knows Cheese has way too many stories to tell but the best was his laugh. Thanks Cheese!!!!


Mar 15, 2012, 7:53 PM

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I'm Sylvia, the oldest of Dotty & Cheese's kids and I would like to thank all of you for your prayers and kind thoughts. We are very thankful that he went so fast. Reading Scuttlebutt was an important part of his day and when he couldn't go up and down the stairs safely any longer he wasn't happy about not reading it so I set up my laptop so he could. He loved keeping up with the racing and looking at the photo galleries. When awake he had many comments about the pictures as each slide show progressed, recognizing boats, people, and other events of the series and when he dozed off I would just leave a slide show going so when he woke up he would have something he so loved there to look at.

I am happy to have shared my dad with you and know, from the vast number of cards and emails that mom received, that in your own ways all of you loved him and will miss him as much as we do.

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