Bath - Joseph, “Chick” Marchetti Jr, husband of Diane, passed away Wednesday June 20th, 2018, at MIdCoast Hospital in Brunswick, surrounded by friends and family. Born in Quincy MA on November 7, 1935, to Joseph and Veronica Marchetti, his family moved to Bath Maine as a child, where he would chose to stay the rest of his life.
He attended Morse High School, where he was a three sport stand-out, helping to lead the football team to a state championship in 1952, and the baseball team to a state championship in 1953. Upon graduation, Chick attended Colby College, where he was a key player on his undefeated Freshman basketball team, which many considered at the time to be the best in Colby’s history. After his tour of active duty with the U.S. Army, Chick returned to Bath, where sports and the Bath community would never diminish in importance to him. Whether coaching youth league teams, raising funds to help support Morse High School athletics, or just being an active fan at games, Chick was a staple at fields and courts around town. Early in adulthood, he became a basketball official, where he would grow to become one of the most respected “refs” in the state. For nearly 50 years, Chick refereed at high schools throughout Maine, eventually leading to his induction in to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, Legends Division, for his lifetime- time contribution to Maine basketball.
Chick loved Bath, and the people in it, always doing what he could to help make the community a better place. This was especially true for the youth of the city. He spent years volunteering his time on the school board, raised countless thousands of dollars to help improve athletic facilities across town, and was one of the most dedicated, and hard-working Morse Alumni Fund fundraisers to ever don a Shipbuilders cap - helping students gain important scholarship money for college. He loved the “Blue and White Golf Classic”, where he was able to combine his passion for helping his alma mater, golf and spending time with his friends and family. Alumni weekend was his Christmas.
Popham, Frosty’s Donuts, and football cards were a few of his passions that he was always happy to share with others. Chick was a loving and loyal father, and husband, and nothing pleased him more than being able to spend time with those in his family - even when it entailed him having to leave his beloved Bath. In addition to Diane, his wife of 56 years, he is survived by his three children and their families; Caroline Thibeault (children Evan and Noah), Bruce Marchetti (spouse Shelby, daughter Josephine, step-children Mark, Kurt, Kirsten, Kayley, Danielle, and Austin), and Peter John Marchetti (spouse Yukie, children Ren, Rai and Messina), his brother Ed Marchetti, and his sister Betty Parker, along with many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held at 12:00pm on Saturday, July 28th at St Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the “Blue and White Classic” in honor of Chick Marchetti, to support Morse High Scholarship Fund, c/o David Flaherty, 115 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011.
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