Gordon Albert Chase of Vero Beach, Fla. died on Sept. 3. He was 87.

He died peacefully to join his late wife of more than 50 years, Susan B. Chase.

Gordon was born to the late Esther Whitehouse and Benjamin Albert Chase on August 23, 1930. He graduated from Marblehead High School and worked hard his whole life to accomplish so many things that all his successes can’t be mentioned. He was a simple but true New England gentlemen, always enjoying life to the fullest. He will be missed forever.

He owned and operated Hickory Farms franchise stores in upstate New York for 19 years and was a volunteer fireman in most of the towns he lived in prior to retirement in Vero Beach, Fla. He was a Navy veteran, active member of the Lions Club for years, park commissioner in Longmeadow, and worked for the Steamship Authority on Martha’s Vineyard and Dorchester Mutual Fire Insurance Company in Boston. He enjoyed retirement for the last 30 years in Vero Beach, Fla., Altamont, N.Y., Guilderland, N.Y., New London, Conn., and Martha’s Vineyard, leaving numerous friends wherever he was.

He was predeceased by his brother, Donald A. Chase. He leaves his three dearly loved children, Robert Andrew Chase of San Francisco, Calif.; Laurie Jane Chase of New Hope Communities in the Southern Catskills, N.Y.; and Bradford Ashley Chase and his wife, Theresa A. Chase, of Tampa, Fla.; and two grandsons, Austin Alexander Chase of Jacksonville, Fla., and Brayton Ames Chase and his wife, Mikayla, of Portland, Maine.

He will be cremated, with his ashes joined together with his late wife, Susan B. Chase, in Marblehead at a later date. There will be no services.

Donations in his memory can be made to the New Hope Foundations Inc., P.O. Box 289, Route 52, Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., 12759.