Charles (Chip) Franklin Wochomurka 3rd of The Villages, Fla., and formerly Franklin, Tenn., died on July 28.

A graduate of The Taft School and Brown University, he began his professional career with his father in the family’s button business. He went on to work for more than 20 years at Cummins Engine Company in various roles spanning several states. Later in life, he transitioned to Tivity Health where his passion for his work and serving others was clear to all around him.

Friends and family would often say there was never a dull moment when Chip was around. He made strangers into friends, was constantly moving from one thing to the next with a can-do attitude and was always willing to stop long enough to laugh or be laughed at.

This light-heartedness made him a joy to be around and allowed him to share his passions with others. Among those were his love of sailing that included trips on Lake Michigan with friends, as well as time with family and grandchildren on his own boat, the Woch-On-Water.

Chip treasured family vacations to Charleston, S.C. He was often the center of light-hearted joking from his family and friends who just couldn’t help but laugh at his unique qualities. Indeed, his wish for those reading of his death was that they raise a glass of their favorite Italian red wine or ice cold beer and toast the memory of any one-of-a-kind lost loved ones.

Sports were a big part of his life. His was often the loudest and most supportive voice in the stands as his three boys were on the field or in the pool. He also rarely missed an opportunity to watch (or yell at) his own favorite teams, including the Boston Red Sox, Tennessee Volunteers and Nashville Predators.

During many of these games he would turn to his strong Catholic faith for a little extra help. While his entreaties may not always have worked, that did not deter Chip from being an active member in parishes from South Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee and Florida. His time spent for and with the church generated his most rewarding and talked about experiences.

He was passionate about many things in life, but none more so than Jayne, his wife of 41 years. Before his diagnosis, he helped Jayne fight her own cancer battle with remarkable fortitude, optimism and love. To watch them both persevere and laugh together was to see faith and love in action. His fighting spirit lives on in Jayne and the family he leaves behind.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles F. Wochomurka and Lois (Merritt) Wochomurka.

He is survived by his wife, Jayne; sons, Brad, Ryan and CJ; brother Alan; sister Elizabeth Baugh; five grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at noon on August 17 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood, Fla., with a celebration of life following at the Eisenhower Recreation Center in The Villages. For the service Chip requested that everyone dress casually in his favorite team colors: red, white and blue for the Red Sox, or orange and white for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Health eVillages, 200 Donald Lynch Blvd., Suite 383, Marlborough, MA 01752,; the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church building campaign, 5323 East Co. Road 462, Wildwood, FL 34785, or Holy Family Catholic Church, 8450 Crockett Road, Brentwood, TN 37027.