SUMMIT, NJ - A 'Celebration of Life' to honor community leader, businessman, philanthropist, and dedicated volunteer F. Chandler (Chan) Coddington, Jr., will be held January 18, from 1 - 4 p.m., at Marco Polo Restaurant. Coddington passed away November 16, 2019, at age 87. All those who knew him, especially Rotarians, are encouraged to attend.
Marco Polo Restaurant is located at 527 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ, from 1-4 pm.
Chan Coddington was born in Summit to Frederick C. and Clarissa Green Coddington and lived most of his life in the New Providence/Summit area. He graduated from Summit High School and the University of Maine at Orono and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving several years in Italy before being honorably discharged as a Captain.
He then worked over 50 years in the insurance industry, beginning at The Maben Agency and continuing through its merger with Bollinger Fowler Insurance, during which time he served in numerous state and national Independent Insurance Agents leadership positions. In later years, he was a founding director of several cutting-edge companies about which he was very passionate.
Coddington was known not only for his financial support of, but also for his exceptional service to, his community. He was involved with, and often served in leadership capacities at, numerous organizations, including: Summit Area YMCA, Overlook Hospital Foundation, Rotary Club, Summit Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Summit, New Providence & Berkeley Heights, Morris Union Jointure Commission Autism Educational Foundation, Hilltop Community Bank, and Reeves Reed Arboretum.
For many years, he enjoyed spending time in East Dover and Castleton, VT, and traveling to many amazing places in around the world. He was also an avid New York Giants and New York Mets fan.
Chan was predeceased by his parents and brother Kit Coddington. He is survived by Jane, his wife of 64 years; daughters Gail (Jim) Bourque, Linda (Gordon) Ayres, and Clara (Andy) Croll; grandchildren William Bourque, James Bourque, Leslie (Malachi) Goodman, Brian (Kim) Ayres, Nathaniel Croll, Ellen (Ross) Geddes, and Lillian Croll; and great-granddaughter Myka Goodman.