Robert V. Chiarello, Esq., 75

FRYEBURG — Robert Vincent Chiarello, Esquire, 75, of Chatham, N.J., and Center Lovell, Maine, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 1, 2014, in Fryeburg.

Mr. Chiarello was born in 1938 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Joseph John and Marguerite Chiarello. He attended Poly Prep Country Day School, of which he was an active and committed alumnus. He was a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain. He received his Juris Doctor from Saint John's University Law School and was a member of the New York Bar Association. Following law school, Mr. Chiarello became an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administra-tion, before leaving to join his father in the family insurance business in New York City. Mr. Chiarello continued to preside over Joseph Chiarello & Co., Inc., Elizabeth, N.J., until the time of his passing.

Mr. Chiarello was a member of Saint Patrick's RC Church in Chatham, N.J. He was a Past President of the Elizabeth Develop-ment Corporation, The Elizabethtown Cotillion and The Benedicts. He served on the boards of the Evergreen Cemetery and the Union County Savings Bank.  At the time of his death, he was President of the Severance Lodge Club in Center Lovell.

"Bob," as he was known to friends, had a passion for aviation. He earned his private pilot certificate more than 50 years ago, flew regularly and loved to share his joy of flying with others. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, T-34 Association, and EAA War Birds of America. One of his other great loves was wooden boating, and he enjoyed both of these beloved pastimes at his home on Kezar Lake in Maine.

He will be remembered for his selflessness, his generosity, his commitment to community, his love of family, his gift for storytelling and his incredible hospitality.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Marilyn Wilson Chiarello, in 1973, his son Thomas Clifford Chiarello in 1991, and his sister Carole Ann Paolicelli in 2010. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, children’s author, Robin Taylor Chiarello; sons Joseph John Chiarello II (Gina) of Hoboken, N.J., and Stephen Robert Chiarello of Summit, N.J.; daughter Amy Chiarello Barnett (Steve) of Upper Montclair, N.J.; his granddaughters Grace and Madeline Barnett; and his beloved dog Taxi.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Robert V. Chiarello Fund at Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11228-3698, attn: Lisa Della Pietra. For further information, to order flowers, or to send the family a condolence, please visit Arrangements by Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, Chatham, N.J.

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