Died at home after a long illness at the age of 73, Sunday, March 13, 2022. He is survived by his companion, friend and wife, Elen J Freeston, his much beloved brother Richard ‘Ted’ Chittick, his wife ‘Babes’ and their children and grandchildren, his sister-in-law Gerry Chittick, wife of predeceased brother Peter Chittick and their children and grandchildren and many cousins.
David was the son of Howard and Anna Wester Chittick, longtime residents of Stanfordville, New York. David graduated from Pine Plains High School, class of 1967 and then attended Dutchess Community College.
He joined his father’s business, Fairfax Biological Laboratory and partnered in the business until it was closed in 1994. He was proud of the business and its early commercial production of a biological (not chemical) control for Japanese Beetle larvae.
As proud as he was of his work, his true love was playing the guitar. With no illusions of music as a career, he always played and found the like-minded to play along.
When retired he was able to pursue his other favorite pastime, a Triumph Spitfire English sportscar, purchased new in 1975. As David always said “it’s cheaper than a psychiatrist.” He rambled in October.
David was a 32nd Degree Mason and belonged to the Valley of Albany Scottish Rite which is a branch of the Masons. He had also maintained his membership in what was the Hillsdale Masonic Lodge which has now merged and is the Unity 9 Masonic Lodge, meeting in their newly renovated Lodge in Valatie.
There will be a memorial service for David on June 11th, 2022, at 11am. The service will be held at Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls, NY 12517. David was much loved and will be greatly missed. Donations in David's memory may be made to The Church of St. John in the Wilderness, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls, NY 12517. Please put Sacristy Roof in the memo line of the check.
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