NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Chandler (Chan) Coddington of New Providence passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the age of 87.

Chan, a life-long resident of New Providence, was a dedicated volunteer who has helped many organizations carry out their missions to improve lives and build stronger communities. He served as past president of the Suburban Chambers of Commerce (formerly the Summit Area Chamber of Commerce). He was the “father” of the chamber's Vest-A-Cop Program in the early 1980’s when they purchased over 100 vests for officers in the police departments, a program that continues today helping officers fund their first vest when they join one of the three local police departments. 

As past president of the Summit-New Providence Rotary Club, he elevated to a Paul Harris Fellow, not only for his financial support but also for his exceptional service to his community through this humanitarian and educational organization. He was also a trustee and Chairman of Grants at the Overlook Hospital Foundation and a founding trustee and board member for the Morris Union Jointure Commission Autism Educational Foundation, which provides supplementary resources to students with autism. In addition, Chan was a past president and board member of the United Way of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights. He also was past president of the Summit Area YMCA.

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"Chan was instrumental in our library addition, among so many other community contributions," said Mayor Al Morgan. "His positive attitude was infectious, and his advice sound. I will miss his friendship. Chan leaves behind a long legacy and will be very sorely missed. We thank him for his lifelong good work and generous contributions to our community."

He participated in notable achievements including LifeBank USA where he served on its board of directors until its sale to Celgene; PlasmaSol Corp. that was sold to Stryker, and Hunterdon County Micro Brewery.

He also was founding Director of and was a Founding Director of Vemics, a provider of multipoint video/voice and data technologies and services. Chan also worked over 40 years in the insurance and financial industries. He was a Director of the Hilltop Community Bank, now Haven Bank. He also served on various advisory board positions including Travelers, St. Paul, Cigna, and Connecticut General Life Insurance Company.

He maintained an active role in many community efforts including United Way, Overlook Hospital, Summit Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA.

Chan served four years in the United States Army as an infantry officer and retired as a Captain. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine.


Chan leaves behind his wife Jane and three daughters.

TAPinto will publish funeral arrangements when obituary is made available.