Robert Matthew Chick, 82, officiated local sports...

October 04, 2001

Robert Matthew Chick, 82, officiated local sports

Robert Matthew Chick, a retired Potomac Electric Power Co. employee and well-known sports official, died of leukemia Sept. 27 at his Columbia home. He was 82.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Chick officiated at youth, high school and collegiate sporting events.

During his 30 years as a member of the Metropolitan Baseball Umpires Association, he umpired Maryland high school championship games, the annual congressional game at RFK Stadium, and college, American Legion and Industrial League games.

FOR THE RECORD - Robert Matthew Chick: An obituary for Robert Matthew Chick published in yesterday's editions of The Sun omitted a survivor's name. He also is survived by a daughter, Linda Alford of Laurel. The Sun regrets the error.

He also officiated at basketball and football games, and was a member of the Washington District Football Officials Association for many years.

From 1964 until last year, he was commissioner of the Suburban Football Officials Association, which serves youth, adult, touch, semi-pro tackle and adult football leagues in the Washington metropolitan area.

A native of Washington, he left high school during the Depression to help support his family but later earned his GED.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as a signalman aboard vessels assigned to the Asian-Pacific, Mediterranean and North African theaters.

He was a splicer for PEPCO for 30 years, retiring in 1977.

Services with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. today at Arlington National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Shirley Vunck; four sons, Dennis Chick of Mount Rainier, James Chick of Glendale, Bill Chick of Columbia and Charles Chick of Yorkshire, England; a sister, Rita Chick of Riverdale; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Another son, Robert Chick, died in 1999.

Elsie M. Young, 75, Woolworth's employee

Elsie M. Young, a retired Woolworth's employee, died Sunday of heart disease at her Baltimore County home. She was 75.

Until she retired a decade ago, she had been a sales and customer service representative at the F.W. Woolworth store in Reisterstown Road Plaza, where she had worked since 1971.

Born in Weems, Va., Elsie Sanders graduated from A.T. Wright High School in Whitestone, Va. She attended Baltimore City Community College, where she studied business administration.

Her husband of more than 50 years, John Young Sr., died in 1990.

Mrs. Young was a volunteer with the old Baltimore City Life Museums and a vice president of the board of Abundant Life Towers II, a senior citizens residence on Baltimore National Pike where she resided.

Earlier, she had been a member of Bethany and Cornerstone Baptist churches before joining Lamb of Life Baptist Church, where she was a deaconess and president of the Flower Circle Ministry.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 3459 Park Heights Ave., where she had been a deaconess and her son the Rev. Michael Hopkins is pastor.

Also surviving are another son, Thomas Young, and five daughters, Carolyn Laster, Ellen Samuel, Sharon Young, Alisa Young and Theresa Boyd, all of Baltimore; a brother, Thomas Sanders, and a sister, Hazel Hodge, both of Weems; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A third son, John Young Jr., died in 1980.

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