Obituary of Kenneth "Skip" Chichester, Jr.
Kenneth “Skip” Chichester, Jr., 76, of Stamford, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Albany Medical Center following a long illness.
Born on June 29, 1945 in Olean, NY, the son of the late Kenneth and Christina (Strong) Chichester, Sr.
At an early age his love was raising, training, and showing horses. He lived with his family in Middleburgh before moving to the farm (Melody Stables) in Stamford.
After graduation from Stamford Central, Skip worked for General Electric in Schenectady. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1965 and served for 11 years and was honorably discharged with the rank of SSG E6. During this time he also worked for NYSDOT. In 1966 he married the love of his life, Lucy, at the Stamford United Methodist Church. In 1967 Skip joined the Stamford Fire Department, serving for 21 years. When first joining the department, he was one of the original EMS members. Following the time in the department, he served on the Board of Fire Commissioners for several years.
Some of Skip’s other accomplishments included 4-H Leader, Hunter Safety Instructor, Boy Scout Leader, being a skilled marksman and welder and many years of truck driving. He enjoyed being with family and friends. NASCAR was a favorite to watch, being that racing was in the family.
Besides his parents, Skip was predeceased by a brother: David Dzikowski.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years: Lucille (Gregory) Chichester; children: Stephen (Karen), Jamie (Terri) and Michael (Linda); grandchildren: Michael, Elizabeth, Chezney, Robbie, Megan and Zachary; great-grandson: Jonathon; brother: Gary (Sharon) Chichester; sister: Susan Powell; foster brothers: Ronnie and Ernie Dzikowski; best friend: Hans Klausen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and relatives are invited to call on the family from 6-9PM on Friday, August 6, 2021 at the MacArthur Funeral Home, 15 Buntline Drive, Stamford. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held at 1:30PM on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the Stamford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Stamford Fire Department or a charity of one’s choice.
Please visit www.macarthurfh.com to share a condolence with Skip’s family.