Rumford Selectman Michael Peter Chase remembers his community service

RUMFORD — Selectman and former Deputy Fire Chief Michael Peter Chase, 69, died Thursday at his home, City Manager Stacy Carter said.

Michael Peter Chase

“The town of Rumford has lost a wonderful man but will not forget him,” he said. “Peter will be sorely missed by all of us here. He was a dedicated professional in everything he did for the city.

Chase served as assistant fire chief until his retirement and worked as a hazardous materials instructor. As well as being a selectman, he served on the Planning Board, the Charter Commission and the Oxford County Budget Committee.

“The fact that he was continually elected or appointed to many positions within the city shows that he was highly respected and had Rumford’s best interests at heart,” Carter said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family.”

Chase was a dedicated family man who “loved Rumford and always made thoughtful and meaningful decisions to the best of his ability in the best interests of the town and its citizens,” the city manager said.

A service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Savior Parish, Church of St. Athanasius and St. John, 126 Maine Ave., Rumford.

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