Obituary: Charles "Chick" Marcoux, 77

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 8:44pm
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Charles “Chick” Marcoux, of Southwest Point and Southbury, Conn., died July 22 in Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Conn. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Chick was born July 14, 1935, in Bristol, Conn., and educated at Niagara University and Georgetown Law School. He was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1962.

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army in 1956 and served in Korea with the Army Security Agency from 1957 to ‘58 as a Staff Officer and Intelligence Platoon Leader on the DMZ.

After graduation from law school, Chick was employed as a trial attorney in the Fraud Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. In 1965, he took a position with Leaseway Transportation Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, as company legal counsel. He subsequently became general counsel in 1968, chief administration officer and vice chairman and director in 1978, and president and chief operating officer in 1982. He left Leaseway in 1985 due to health concerns.

In Cleveland, he volunteered for a number of organizations, beginning in the sixties with his work in the racially integrated neighborhoods of Shaker Heights, where the Marcouxes lived for 17 years. He also was a founding member of WCPN, the Cleveland Public Radio Station, where he rose to lead the station as president in the late 1980s.

After leaving Leaseway, he worked as a management consultant for several years before joining the Mahler Co. of Fairlawn, N.J., a company specializing in executive development programs. He served Mahler as faculty program director from 1988 to 2000.

The Marcouxes first came to Block Island in 1973, renting on various parts of the island until 1975, when they bought the Old Lifesaving Station on Cooneymus Road. The first year there, they met Bob and Alice Huggins, and Bob and Chick quickly became friends. In 1979, they opened The Ice Cream Place on Weldon’s Way, the first true ice cream parlor then available, and operated it until the early eighties, when they sold it to the present owners.

In 1996, the Marcouxes moved full-time to the island. Chick served in a number of capacities on the island. In 2004, he was leader of the citizens group that persuaded the directors of the Medical Center to consider major changes in its governance. He served on its Bylaw Committee, drafting the provisions which led to the conversion of the corporation into a community-wide membership organization. He also served as chairman of the Membership Committee, leading efforts that resulted in membership growth to over 600 members.

He also served the town as a member of its Financial Advisory Committee, its Municipal Energy Committee, and as an adviser to the Town Council and the town manager in rate cases involving BIPCO and Interstate Navigation.

In 2010, the Marcouxes moved to Southbury, Conn., due to Chick’s worsening heart problems. Even then, he continued to volunteer, leading the Legal Committee of Heritage Village, the condominium community they chose to live in.

Chick is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Kathryn Chartier, and four children: twin daughters Susan (Julianna Leucking) and Michele (Andrew Burgess), and sons Ted (Alison Shames), and Christopher (Grace Parisi). He also leaves five grandchildren.

Other survivors include brothers Gerald and Dennis, both of Bristol, Conn., and Joseph of West Hartford, Conn. He was predeceased by his brother Robert.

A Memorial and Celebration of Chick’s life will be held at the Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere 235 Main St. North on Saturday, July 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. Chick’s ashes will be buried in Island Cemetery in the fall. Online condolences may be posted at www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the B.I. Medical Center, PO Box 919, Block Island, RI, 02807; or Heritage Village Ambulance Service, Southbury, CT.