Former Harvard resident, lifelong community volunteer
Chelsey Remington. (Courtesy photo)
Chelsey Carrier Remington of Cape Neddick, Maine, a lifelong community volunteer, died peacefully at home from the effects of frontotemporal dementia.
She leaves her husband of 58 years, David F. Remington; daughter, Chelsey Remington, son-in-law Jonathan Dabora, and their son Samuel of Concord; and son, Jay Remington, daughter-in-law Laura Remington, his daughter Tessa Fager of Essex, Maryland, and their sons Peter and Patrick Remington of Bedford.
Born in Hartford and raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Chelsey attended the Glastonbury public schools and received her Bachelor of Arts from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1961. After Brown, she joined IBM as a systems engineer and remained with IBM until 1969.
Chelsey was an active and committed community volunteer for over 44 years, beginning in her then-hometown of Harvard in 1973. She chaired the antique show for many years, which benefited Harvard’s public schools. She was president of the Garden Club of Harvard and the Harvard Historical Society, a governor of the Concord Museum, and a trustee of Fruitlands Museum.
For over 15 years, Chelsey was associated as president and as a board member with Concord Family Services, which offered an array of family counseling services in an 11-town area. Chelsey was especially effective in fundraising, originating the Tastes of our Towns event, a sit-down dinner for 400 that featured 35 chefs from area restaurants. In a dozen or so years, the event generated more than $1 million in support for the agency’s programs.
Chelsey was appointed a trustee of Brown in 1999. She was national chair of the Brown Annual Fund for three years, chair of the Pembroke Center Advisory Council, and a member of the Facilities and Design Committee.
She chaired the Museum of Fine Arts patron program for several years and was a founding member of the museum’s planned giving committee. She was named an MFA overseer in 1996 and was later appointed an honorary overseer.
Chelsey moved to York, Maine, in 2005, where she served as a trustee of the York Land Trust. She was president of the Piscataqua Garden Club, and joined the collections committee of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.
Chelsey doted on her grandchildren, whom she adored. Her favorite place was her family’s cottage on Moody Beach, Maine, that her parents built when she was 8 years old. She loved watching the children play there, and she walked the beach regularly in summer and winter when she was well into her 70s. Chelsey had a keen appreciation for landscape design, interior design, art, and architecture, all of which she brought to bear on the design of her family’s home on Maine’s rocky coast. She was also a superb cook and a creative flower arranger. She spent hours in her gardens, which she designed and maintained herself.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brown University, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, or the York Land Trust in York, Maine.
A memorial service will be held at Manning Chapel on the Brown campus on Friday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. For online expressions of sympathy to the family go to www.glastonburyfuneral.com.