Former Korean War veteran worked for EPA

Published in the August 30, 2017 edition

Chesley-Vail-obit-8-30-17_webLYNNFIELD — Chesley “Chet” Vail, 87, of Lynnfield, died Tuesday, August 22 at the Sutton Hill Center in North Andover.

Born in Somerville on April 12, 1930, he was the son of the late Alexander C. and Alice C. (Gillingham) Vail.

Chet was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. He then went on to Burdett Business School. He had worked in the banking industry for many years before becoming an analyst for the EPA. Chet served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Aleppo Shriners and was a Mason at St. John’s Boston as well as the Lynnfield-Zetland Lodge.

Chet was the beloved husband of the late Mary T. (Mannion) Vail. He was the loving father of Fiona Mulcahy and her husband Ed of Bradford; and Karena Brenda Donnelly and her husband Marc of North Andover. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Bryan, Sean, Colin, Brendan, Keira and Kyle.

Chet and Mary both shared a love to travel and a passion for Irish music. Chet was also a dedicated Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox fan.

His Funeral Service was held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday, August 25. Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment took place at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, c/o Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.