Charles H. Chew III, 91, funeral director

Charles H. Chew III

Charles H. Chew III was a well-known funeral director.

He died on Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was 91.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1923 to Charles H. Chew Jr. and Virginia Ramsey Chew in Philadelphia. His father was the founder of the Chew Funeral Home established in 1927 and located in South Philadelphia.

He attended Virginia State College in Petersburg, Va., where he met his wife of 71 years, Margaret Scott, of Lynchburg, Va. Chew left Virginia State College to assist his father in the funeral business and married his wife in 1943. Three children were born to their union.

Chew was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and served two years in France during World War II. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 and achieved the rank of master sergeant.

When he returned to the United States, Chew was joined by his wife and his first son in Philadelphia. He continued to work with his father in the funeral home and entered Echols College of Mortuary Science. After graduating from Echols, Chew joined his father as a licensed funeral director and mortician. His two younger brothers later followed him into the business and the name of the funeral home was changed to Charles H. Chew and Sons.

When his father died in 1970, Chew became senior partner and supervising manager of the funeral home. He continued in that role until his retirement at age 84 and the dissolution of the business in 2006.

“During his life Charles was always an honest and very committed and conscientious businessman, as well as a loving father and husband,” his family said.

In his leisure time, Chew enjoyed vacationing, especially in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. and the Caribbean islands. His favorite hobbies were reading, deep sea fishing and in his later years, playing fight simulation games on his computer.

Chew was also an avid fan of grand opera. His favorite operas were by Puccini, La Boheme and Madame Butterfly.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Charles IV, his wife Patricia Bossert and their son Aaron Michael of San Jose, Calif.; daughter Patrice Joanne Eve and her son Justin Eve of Baltimore, Md.; daughter-in-law Vivian Chew, wife of his deceased son Dr. Michael S. Chew, and their son Christian; sister-in-law Margery Chew, wife of his deceased brother Ramsey, and their children Ramsey Jr., Diane Bowser and Deborah; sister-in-law Dorris Chew, wife of his deceased brother Edward, and their children Dillin, Michelle and Iris; his brother James and his wife Sherlane and their son James Jr., all of Philadelphia, and daughter Pamela Williams of Maryland.

A graveside service will be held July 22 at noon at the Ivy Hill Cemetery, 1202 Easton Road.

Bruce R. Hawkins Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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