AL CHASE - of Stony Brook, long time Educator in the Longwood School District, passed away at the age of 73. A legendary Football and Wrestling coach at Longwood High School, Al was one of the districts "founding fathers". He was a Physical Education Teacher, Athletic Director, and School Administrator until retirement in 1989. The consummate role model, he reached young people in a way as few educators could. He remains one of the most loved members of the Longwood Community. Mr. Chase served in the United States Army from 1955-1957. He began his career in the Levittown School District and worked there as a Teacher and Coach from 1957-1963. Al is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Paulette, four daughters and three sons-in-law. They are Diana and Edwin Houchens of Richmond, VA., Jennifer Chase and Hido Holi of Paris, France, Lisa and John Biemer of Shoreham, and Erica Chase of St. James. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Monday March 26, at the Old Field Club on 86 West Meadow Rd. Stony Brook at 4:30PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations payable to "The Al Chase Memorial Scholarship Fund", sent to Dr. Allan Gerstenlauer. Longwood Central School District 35 Yaphank Middle Island Rd. Middle Island, NY 11953.
Published in Newsday on 3/24/2007.