Chick was always so caring and welcoming. We spent many great times together on the beach enjoying talking about our lives, current events and experiences. In recent years we haven't spent time on the beach together but when walking our dogs down the street he would wave at us from his upstairs window and we'd have a good chat. We already miss being able to catch up with him from the window. Chick always brought a smile to your face. He will be remembered and missed. We will cherish our fond memories of Chick.
Chick, his nickname, was a wonderful husband to our daughter, Pam Stahlin Ford, especially during the last ten years as she suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s. He did his best for her. He is no longer suffering. He will be greatly missed.
Our hearts were broke when we were notified of Chick’s passing. Someone upstairs had a surfboard, beach chair-with cooler and sunglasses waiting for him. There are so so many memories of our friendship with Chick and Pam, I’m unable to list them-just so many. At one time, I lived in the back of the duplex and they were in the front. What an awesome time. They never let me miss out on any holiday or event, as then I was single. We celebrated Christmas Eve, Neptune Festival, Sertoma Spring Fling, Exchange Party, birthdays and any other reason to enjoy life. When they remodeled 58 th Street, they along with Ace, their dog, spent 4 months living with us. Talk about crazy times. His devotion to Pam was endless to assure she lived loved and happy until she had to reside away from him. We moved to Florida, but that did not halt our phone calls and conversations. When in Va Beach in Sept, we visited with Chick. Walking into the condo, it was full of art and memories and Chick. We treasure that visit. Our condolences to Donna, and Pam, and Pam’s parents. ❤️
Chick was a fellow KA at ODU. We spent many times having a cold one, playing volleyball in the KA house back yard and just enjoying life. Chick did enjoy life. He was a good man and will be missed. I remember our times together as if it was last week. His memory will never fade. “ Rest In Peace Chick” God Bless.
When my husband, Tim, and I moved to 58th Street 14 years ago, Chick and Pam noticed us alone on the beach and invited us into their beach circle. People flocked to our street because that was where he was. We enjoyed hearing about the days of their block parties and beach life. Everybody knew and loved Chick and Pam, and if they didn’t it was their loss. We immediately became close friends spending our days on the beach and many summer nights at various music venues, often ending up listening to music at their house. In later years I would walk with them up and down the North End. Chick knew the history of the homes along the way. He had many stories about time spent with friends in many of them. Chick once told me that he was too selfish to have kids. He was wrong. He was a wonderful man, devoted friend and all-around good guy. I will continue to enjoy days on the beach, but our street will never be the same without him. Many others have expressed this sentiment. I will think of him every time I am out there. Chick will live on there and in our hearts.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
It wouldn’t be Christmas in the later 80s without the all night party at Chick and Pam’s! They were the power couple of 571/2 St. and always fun company. Pam’s illness was heartbreaking but Chick’s love and care… heroic!
My deepest condolences to Donna and Family.
Many stories to follow when his many friends gather in remembrance.
Chick and Pam have been my friends for 45 years. I am so sad for Chick’s passing. He was so cherished by Pam. My prayers to his family.
We are so very sorry about dear Chick. He was a southern gentleman and always a fun person. His devotion to Pam was a lovely tribute to their bond. He will missed by all who knew him. Sending our heartfelt condolences, we pray for peace for Chicks family.
Donna & Beau Killen
Virginia Beach has lost the ultimate Beach Boy. While he worked diligently to assist his lovely wife Pam, he struggled mightily with his own health issues over the last few years. A generous and kind man, he lived a happy life and had a ton of fun along the way. I was a true pleasure knowing him. Thanks for the memories, Chic!
My sympathy to my childhood best friend. Love to Chick’s family, especially Donna for your kind support during Chick’s most difficult journey. My thoughts and love to the many friends that had the great pleasure to share many years of memories with Chick and his family and our many mutual friends.Chick will always be missed and loved for his wonderful friendship that we were so lucky to have shared.He was my best friend through our childhood and the great memories will last forever!! Love and prayers to his family and friends.
Chick was one of a kind and we all will miss him very much.
My deepest condolences to Donna and the rest of Chick’s family including Pam’s parents. Chick’s love and unselfish devotion to Pam’s care was a beautiful thing. Donna’s devotion to her brother’s care was equally beautiful.
The list of Chick’s personal sacrifices in the process of caring for Pam would be miles long. He bore it all with selfless grace. It had to be a heartbreaking, lonely journey for him. I wished a million times that I lived closer and could have helped him.
I met Chick and Pam through Danny Johnson and Robert Parker when I relocated to Virginia Beach to work in the beachwear market in the early 80s. The Fords, not yet married, kidnapped me and took me home with them the first night we met at a party at Danny’s cool old house on 55th St. C and P held me hostage at their house overnight. I’ll never forget the night, or how they bent over backwards to welcome a single, semi scared young woman into their fold.
I watched Chick take his apparel retail experience and convert it into a very successful sales career calling on surf shops and beachwear stores up and down the mid Atlantic coast. The shop owners loved him and trusted his guidance. He developed deep and lasting friendships. He helped a whole lot of business owners, both retailers and manufacturers, make some good profits over the years. Stubbies, Australia, Nat Norfleet Hawaii, De La Mere women’s swimwear, and many more. He was one of the top reps in his territory. He loved doing it.
I think Christmas 2021 is the first time in 40 years that I haven’t gotten a holiday card from Chick and Pam. And Chick apologized for not sending one! They kept tracking me through my many moves over the years, never letting go of the friendship.
Chick’s passing is a big, jarring milestone in my life. So many memories of happy, joyful times are flooding back. A few sad ones too. I am full of love and gratitude for every bit of it.
I will look forward to going back to Virginia Beach in the fall to celebrate the life of one of the greatest men and loyal friends I’ve ever known.
Rest in peace Chick, my dear dear friend. You will be greatly missed and remembered by everyone who was lucky enough to call you friend.
So thankful for the memories. So loved by his sister.
Dear Donna and family, We have lost a great guy! There are so many years of fun memories from the old neighborhood. Billy
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.