Calais – Philip “Bud” Chaffee, 93, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Calais. Bud was born in St. Stephen, NB, on October 3, 1923, son of Willard and Berniece (McKnight) Chaffee.
He worked as a surface grinder operator until being drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. While serving his country, Bud was an Airplane Maintenance Technician and was involved with many campaigns throughout Europe. Following his service, he returned home to Calais and on March 14, 1947, married his love, Marice Day. Bud worked as a U.S. Mail Carrier until his retirement in 1983.
Bud was a Retired Deacon and member of First Congregational Church in Calais, Past Master of St. Croix Lodge #46 A.F. & A.M. in Calais, Past Noble Grand of the I.O.O.F. in Calais, Past Ambassador of Anah Temple Shrine in Bangor, Past Ambassador of Luxor Temple to the State of Maine, Sherman Bros. Post #3 American Legion in Calais, Boyd-Smith Post #9779 V.F.W. in Calais, and a member of the Wesley Grange.
In addition to his parents, Bud was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marice Chaffee; and two brothers, Gerald and Ralph Chaffee. Surviving are his two children, Pastor Ron Chaffee and his wife Sue of Orrington, and Sue Claridge and her husband Wayne of Calais; eight grandchildren, Rodney, Nathan, Jason, Troy, Catherine, Crista, Craig, and Cherilyn; 12 great-grandchildren, Brent, Christopher, Alex, Nick, Tessa, Jenna, Dominique, Hannah, Grant, Jackson, Dustin, and Paige; a brother, John Chaffee and wife Barbara of Arrowsic; two sisters, Jean Johnson of Robbinston and Joan Yates of St. Petersburg, FL; a sister-in-law Marilyn Beaupre of Robbinston; brother-in-law Truman Day and wife Eva of Princeton; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.
Visiting hours will be held 1 p.m. until the hour of service, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at First Congregational Church, 21 Calais Ave., Calais. A celebration of Bud’s life will begin at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Mark Hatfield and Bud’s son, Pastor Ron Chaffee, officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in Calais Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.