2004-06-02 / Obituaries

The Reverend Richard A. Chartier

Richard A. Chartier, 80, a Poughkeepsie resident since 2000 and husband to Grace Robertson Williams, died on Wednesday night at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. The family is appreciative or the attention received there.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie.

Richard Chartier was born on December 10, l923 in Wakefield Massachussets to Arthur Chartier and Ada Chute. He was educated in the Wakefield public schools, graduating from Wakefield High School in 1941. He received a BA degree from Ottawa University (Kansas) in 1950 and an MA and M. Divinity from Boston University.

United Methodist Church Missionary, Interdenominational Pastor, champion of social justice causes, and university professor, Mr. Chartier had a life-long involvement in a wide variety of local, national and international organizations concerned with issues of peace, justice, human rights, and socio-economic well being. Mr. Chartier lived through many or the challenging events of modern history. Those who heard him speak, vividly remember his personable style, rich command of language and classical references, frequent anecdotes - but most of all his purposefulness and sincerity.

He served from 1973-1977 in various capacities in Massachusetts: Community college teacher, "supply" preacher, mental health researcher, and writer. Richard Chartier was editor of Fellowship (magazine of the Fellowship of Reconciliation) in Nyack, NY between 1977-1982 and was director of the Lysle Fellowship Program of Intercultural Education in conjuction with Rockland Community College from 1983-1985. He was the author of many published articles in both English and Spanish, and became a Spanish-English interpreter during years in Argentina as a United Methodist Missionary making an important contribution to the social awarenese of Methodism in that country, and sharing with English-speaking Christians the Latin American point of view.

An ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches, USA, from 1985 to 1991 he served as part-time pastor of the Croton Falls Community Church and from 1991 to 1997 as part-time pastor of the Cold Spring Baptist Church.

More recently, Chartier served as an adjunct professor at Dutchess Community College from 1993 to 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Robertson Chartier, at home.

He is survived also by his children, their mother, Jennie, their spouses, and grandchildren: Anne and her husband James Oakley, of Ashland, WI; Elizabeth and her sons Cristobal and Santiago Gomez of Brookline, MA; Ricardo Chartier, Gabriela Carmuega, and grandchildren Ricardo Arturo, Maria, Jose Ignacio in Juanico, Canelones, Uruguay; Carlota and her partner Rheba Rutkowski, of Revere, MA. Stepson Eric C. Wi1liams survives in P1ano, Texas. He is also survived by an older brother, Raymond Chartier of Ocala, Florida. Brother-in-law Neil E. Robertson survives in Pebble Beach, CA, whose wife Bea died in 2002. He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Hayden Chartier and her husband Robert Hayden. There are ten nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie on June 11, 2004 at 2 pm. In lieu or flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie, Doctors Without Borders, or Bread for the World.

Arrangements by Clinton Funeral Home of Cold Spring.

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