Carolyn J. (Davis) Chadsey

  • Born: June 23, 1947
  • Died: June 29, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

Carolyn J. (Davis) Chadsey, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully with the grace and poise she always had, on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, with her family by her side. She was 74.

Born on June 23, 1947, in Medford, Carolyn was one of two children of the late Arthur W. and Greta A. (Ells) Davis. She grew up in Malden, graduating from Malden High School in 1965. As a child, Carolyn saw no reason that she couldn't do the things the boys did, so she dressed up as a cowpoke, loved climbing trees, riding her bike, catching fish, and getting dirty. In her later years of school, Carolyn was in the Glee Club, where she honed her singing skills (a passion she passed on to her always entertaining granddaughter). Her family says she carried a song in her heart throughout her life, right up to the end.

After high school, Carolyn got her Associate in Science Degree from MassBay Community College in Wellesley. In August of 1969, Carolyn married Clinton Chadsey, her High School Sweetheart, after his return from Vietnam.

Carolyn worked for 28 years in Executive Administrative Assistant positions at Winchester Hospital, including its affiliated Highland Healthcare Associates Independent Physicians Association (IPA), where she made numerous lifelong friends.

While she enjoyed a long career, her first love was her adoring family and her many relatives. She was a proud wife, mother, and grandmother. She and Clint shared many beautiful memories together, and Carolyn was exceptionally active in the lives of her children and granddaughter. There was no limit to her giving nature and the time she spent with her family. Carolyn always felt that her family was her crowning achievement.

Almost equally important to Carolyn were her friendships. She realized that deep and long-lasting friendships took work, and she was never afraid to put in the effort. She had a way about her that reflected the best of what she saw in you. She made you feel like you were the most important person, and to her, you were because she saw something special in everyone.

Carolyn enjoyed plentiful family outings including attending concerts with Clint (with her favorite being Bruce Springsteen), going to Red Sox Spring Training in Florida, family vacations to Disney World, summer vacations to Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia and trips to Portland, Maine. She was also an eloquent writer who left a treasure trove of words as a legacy to her wit and wisdom.

Carolyn was a beloved presence in the lives of those she touched. Her love for others, compassion, wicked sense of humor, and shining light will be missed by all.

Carolyn was the beloved wife of the late Clinton J. Chadsey with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Derek M. Chadsey of Warner, NH, and Jill E. Soucy and her husband Chris of Hamilton. Loving sister of the late Nancy L. (Davis) Pothier and her surviving husband Richard of Peabody, and sister-in-law of Ralph W. Chadsey Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Norfolk. Cherished GranD of Ella "Ells" M. Soucy. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Relatives & friends will gather in honor of Carolyn's life for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose, on Thursday, July 15 from 4-7pm.

Those wishing to make a charitable gift in memory of Carolyn may do so at Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930, or


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Jill, Chris and Ella,
I can never forget Carolyn and Clint and the laughter we shared down at Spray Cottage in Nova Scotia and when you visited us in Halifax. I love the photo of Carolyn laughing in her always sweet way, with her beloved Peggy's Cove in the background. Her passing is such a loss to us all but she is reunited with Clinton (and my Bob has also gone before...). My deepest sympathy to you all, with love from Fay in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Posted by Fay Lee - Halifax - Friend   July 21, 2021

Jill, I am so sorry to hear about Mom's passing. She was a sweet and caring person. I still remember the fun we had at Christmas with our ornaments. You and your family are in my prayers. Remember the good times...
Janice Baldi, Melrose

Posted by Janice Baldi - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   July 16, 2021

I worked with Clint for many years at the Post Office, and always enjoyed his Life With the Chadsey's stories, My sincere sympathy to all of you at this sad time.

Posted by Suzanne Champigny - Salem, MA - Coworker   July 12, 2021

With my deepest condoleances to Dereck,Jill,Chris and Ella.

Posted by Richard Pothier - Peaboty, MA - Family   July 09, 2021

My deepest condoleances to you Dereck,Jill and Chris and Ella

Posted by Theresa Genest Genest - Amesbury, MA - Friend   July 09, 2021

Spent many days sitting on the front porch with Clint and Carolyn. Sending condolences to the family.
Vito the Mailman

Posted by Vito Briatico - Saugus, MA - Coworker   July 07, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in the memories of time shared. Never forget that God cares. May his care soothe your hearts. (1Peter5:7)

Posted by S Chambers    July 06, 2021

Sincere condolences to Carolyn's beloved Children and Precious Granddaughter, I went to MHS with both Carolyn and Clinton! They were both wonderful people and they were just so meant for each other even then! I sat in front of Clinton in Bookkeeping and of course everyone knew Carolyn for her beautiful constant smile! Just by the lovely tribute of her obituary I can tell that they had raised 2 wonderful kids and I'm not surprised that her Granddaughter meant the world to her and Clint too I'm sure!I did not know that Clinton had passed please accept my condolences ! Clinton was great and very helpful in Mr. Smith's bookkeeping class! Had it not been for Covid -19 we might have seen each other at our 55th Reunion in 2020! With such a great family I'm sure they will Always be Loved...Forever be missed and ....Never be Forgotten!

Posted by Mary-Jane Zaia -Sears - Deerfield Beach, FL - Classmate   July 05, 2021

Carolyn was such a kind and lovely person. We are thinking of all of you.

Posted by Ann Plumer - Melrose, MA - Friend   July 05, 2021

Dear Jill,Derek,Chris & Ella, I was shocked to see that Carolyn had passed away. I worked with her at Winchester Hospital for many years. We connected recently and enjoyed some wonderful lunches and calls. Carolyn always made you feel so special. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Jan O'Connor

Posted by Janet O'Connor - Peabody, MA - Friend   July 03, 2021

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