IN MEMORIAM: Arthur Anthony Chaves

by Jane Ahrens

Arthur Anthony Chaves, 84, of Avon, passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side on April 3, 2014.

He was born in Hartford, October 12, 1929, the son of Georgiana and Frank Chaves. Arthur is survived by his loving wife Joan (Guida) Chaves of 61 years and his five children; daughters Carol Chaves and her partner Richard Green, Mary Garofalo and her husband Anthony, JoAnn Chaves Cotter, son John and his wife Margaret Benkard Chaves, and daughter Margaret Hendershot Chaves. He is also survived by his sister Mary Danielowitz of Yalesville, 10 beloved grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two sons, Arthur and Peter Chaves, his daughter Janet Rogan, his siblings Virginia Almada, Joseph and Fred Chaves.

Born in Hartford, Arthur graduated from Hartford Public High School and received his BA from the University of Hartford. He worked for 35 years at the Veeder-Root Company in Hartford and retired as Vice-President of Financing in 1988. He met his beloved wife, Joan (Guida), who was a student nurse at St. Francis hospital, in 1949. They were married in 1952. They resided in Windsor for many years, where they started their family of eight.

Arthur was a hard working family man. He loved using his artistic talents for painting and wood carving. He also had many wonderful memories at their summer home on Fishers Island, NY, where he enjoyed fishing, clamming, golfing, boating, and entertaining family and friends. A gentle, loving, humble man of faith, Arthur will be missed and fondly remembered.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 12, 2014 directly at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 265 Stratton Brook Road, West Simsbury, followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Windsor. His family will receive friends Friday, April 11 from 4-7 PM at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: National Parkinson’s Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For condolences or directions, please visit

Published in The Hartford Courant on April 4, 2014

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