Born: July 7, 1926

Died: May 22, 2014

Married: Dorothy Patnode, April 1, 1967

Chester A. Fobare was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Navy as a Machinist's Mate Third Class from 1944 to 1946. He earned the American Theatre Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and commendations from 3rd and 5th Fleet.

A friend remembered that Chet had been headed to the invasion of Japan when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb; he credited his survival to that action.

He also spent time at Sunmount, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tupper Lake.

He built the house at 7 James Street in 1951.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 23, 2014

Chester A. Fobare

Chester A. Fobare, 87, of 49 James St., Saranac Lake, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Churubusco on July 7, 1926, he was the son of Leo and Laura (Ashline) Fobare. Chet married Dorothy Elizabeth Patnode on April 1, 1967, in Lake Worth, Florida.

Chet had been employed as a plumber his entire life in the family business Fobare and Sons Plumbing and Heating in Saranac Lake. He was a 38-year member and past assistance chief of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, charter member of the SLVFD Rescue Squad and past captain and founder of the SLVFD diving team. He was also a certified scuba diving instructor.

Chet was a member of the plumbers and pipefitters Union local 773, charter and 50 year member of the Saranac Lake American Legion Post 447 and VFW Post 3357, past Saranac Lake Village Trustee and past member of the Saranac Lake village planning board. Chet was also a past member of Saranac Lake Rotary Club, served on the Board of Directors for Key Bank, North Country Community College Building and Grounds Committee and was a current member of the Saranac Lake Elks Club BPOE 1508.

Chet served in the United States Navy as a Machinist’s Mate Third Class from 1944 to 1946 during World War II. Chet received the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, and commendations from 3rd and 5th Fleet.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Fobare of Saranac Lake; sister Paula Cheney and her husband Jerry of Saranac Lake; three brothers: Linus Fobare and Beverly of Ormond Beach, Florida, Malcalm Fobare and Peppy of Bloomingdale and Ormond Beach, Florida and Milton “Jerry” Fobare of Saranac Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. An Elks service will take place at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. A veteran’s prayer service immediately followed by a fireman’s prayer service will take place at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday evening. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at noon Wednesday, May 28 at St. Bernard’s Church, with the Rev. Mark Reilly officiating. Burial will take place in St. Bernard’s Cemetery at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Chester A. Fobare may make memorial contributions to Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department or St. Bernard’s School in care of the funeral home.

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