CLEARWATER, Fla. — Dean V. Chandler died peacefully on May 1, 2013. Dean was born on Jan. 7, 1926, in Rensselaer, N.Y., the son of Marian and Floyd V. Chandler.
He enlisted in the Navy Air Force in 1944 at the age of 18 and was trained at the Memphis, Tenn. and Whidbey Island, Wash. Naval Air Stations. He was assigned to the South Pacific in time to participate in the invasion of the three Phillipine islands of Leyte, Samar, and Mindoro under the command of General Douglas MacArthur.
In 1946 he received his honorable discharge and returned to the United States. The following year he was admitted to Siena College and graduated with the Class of 1951. He then accepted a position with the Travelers Insurance Company as a residential casualty adjuster and later served in managerial capacities in the Albany office.
He resigned his position in 1960 to purchase the Sanford M. Forrence Insurance Agency in Keeseville, N.Y. and founded Agency Insurance Brokers of Plattsburgh, N.Y. in 1970. He served as the agency's chairman, president, chief executive officer and majority stockholder until his retirement in 1997.
Dean was a past president of the Plattsburgh and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Clinton County Tourist Bureau. He served for 22 years on the board of the Keeseville National Bank and was also a board member of Evergreen Bancorp of Glens Falls. He was a past president and secretary of the Keeseville Kiwanis Club and a board member of the Plattsburgh Kiwanis Club. Dean was a past director of the N.Y. State Independent Insurance Agents Association and past president of its Clinton County Chapter. He was also a member of the National Professional Insurance Agents Association.
Dean was a life member of the Plattsburgh Lodge of Elks, past scout master of Troop 39 of Plattsburgh, a member of the Keeseville United Methodist Church and a loyal member of the National Rifle Association. He was a member of the Triton Fish and Game Club of Quebec City and a board member of the St. Bernard Fish and Game Club of St. Alexis des Monts, Quebec.
He and his beloved wife, Margie, were married in Montreal in 1954. Over the years, they travelled frequently to the far corners of the earth, visiting over 75 countries.
Dean was an avid fisherman and hunter and had many adventures with his son and friends to the sub-arctic regions of Quebec and Labrador, as well as Newfoundland and Montana.
Dean considered himself extremely fortunate to have been born an American and was immensely proud of his country. He thoroughly believed in free enterprise and the boundless opportunities afforded to all.
For more than forty years, Dean and Margie enjoyed their home on Lake Champlain and their magnificent view of the Green Mountains of Vermont. He dearly loved his wife, his family, and his many friends, and he and Margie took great pleasure in sharing their beautiful homes in Port Douglas, N.Y., St. Alexis des Monts, Quebec and St. Petersburg, Fla. with all.
Dean is survived by his wife, Margaret; his sister Margaret Ellen Turner; his son, Mark Chandler and wife Eva; his daughter Diane Carroll (James), his daughter Deborah Chandler-Van Herp and husband Gary; eight grandchildren who loved and admired him deeply; and two great-grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at the United Methodist Church in Keeseville. Friends wishing to remember Dean may make a memorial contribution to his beloved Siena College or to Suncoast Hospice who helped give Dean a peaceful and dignified sunset.