|Birth: ||Sep. 6, 1929|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 2010|
Frank Chesley, former resident of San Franciso and a former San Francisco newsman, died April 21 at a Seattle nursing home. He was 80. Mr. Chesley died after a life that ranged from a stint on Stars and Stripes in Germany to duty as a deckhand on a tugboat towing a barge between Mobile, AL and San Francisco. He is survived by a son Theo (Sherry) and three grandchildren, Thea Lynn, Nolan and Loryn of Anchorage, Alaska. He also leaves four nieces, Cynthia Steinle, Lauren Chesley, Jill Chesley and Mindy Chesley. He is also survived by his 'second family,' the Roser-Renouf family-Connie, Andrew, Kaia and Gabriel, of Arcata, CA. Mr. Chesley was born and reared in Massachusetts and came to Washington state after U.S. Army service to enroll at the University of Washington. He graduated in 1953 with a degree in journalism. After working for United Press in Seattle, he came to San Francisco where he held jobs in advertising and public relations. After working as a reporter for Reuters in London and Stars and Stripes in Darmstadt, Germany, Mr. Chesley returned to the U.S. in the late 60's and joined the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle as a copy editor and then a reporter. He returned to Seattle to work for the Post-Intelligencer as TV columnist. After he left the P-I, he said: "I tried to save the world from television, but failed." When politics beckoned, he went to work for King County (WA) Executive John Spellman but opted for newspapering again when Spellman was elected governor. After a stint at the Everett (WA) Herald, he joined the staff of HistoryLink. For eight years before retiring in 2009, Mr. Chesley used his research and reportorial skills as a staff historian at HistoryLink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. His family and friends will miss his wit, wisdom and warmth. A celebratory service will be held in September.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 14, 2010.
Created by: Travelingal
Record added: May 01, 2011
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Thank you, sir, for your service to our great Country. God bless…rest in peace.|
Added: Oct. 11, 2011