David E. Chase, age 50, died unexpectedly at Maine General Hospital on October 9, 2020. He was the beloved son of Lorraine Chase McCabe and stepson of Terrence McCabe of Farmingdale, ME; son of the late Bernard E. Chase. Cherished brother of Kristin Chase Duffy and her husband Bill of Portland, ME; Julie Chase Connett and her husband Steve of Newport, RI; and Jessica Chase and her partner Jens Lange of Newport, RI. Stepbrother of Francis “Pat” McCabe, Bridget McCabe, Michael McCabe, and Terrence McCabe, Jr. Adored uncle of Patrick and Kathryn Duffy of Portland, ME and Ben and Josie Connett of Newport, RI. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Born in Bangor, ME David attended Brewer Public Schools where he participated in the ice hockey and soccer programs. After graduation in 1988, David enrolled in a five-year program at Maine Maritime Academy. At MMA he received degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Systems Design Engineering. At Graduation in 1993, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Mathematics Award in Engineering.
In his career David travelled the world and made friends with many people from all walks of life, but his heart and soul remained firmly rooted in the woods and mountains of his home state. He was proud to be from Maine where he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, paddling a kayak, practicing martial arts, and listening to music.
A man of few words, David was incredibly empathetic and felt deeply. His compassion and kindness for those in pain extended to loved ones and strangers alike. A generous and humble man, he was the most dedicated and loyal son, brother, cousin, and friend. David’s beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes along with his quick wit and levity won him many friends and admirers. He was spiritual and believed in something greater than himself, searching for a path to a peaceful mind.
Most important of all to David was his beloved family. His mother and sisters and beautiful nieces and nephews were the world to him. His greatest joy was to be in their company. No one was prouder of their accomplishments. He had a loyal and loving heart; the world was a better place with him in it.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in David’s memory may be sent to: United Way of Greater Portland, 550 Forest Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, ME 04101. Services will be private.