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Lucille F. Chadwick

June 12, 1930 ~ February 11, 2021 (age 90)


SEYMOUR - Lucille M. (Fusco) Chadwick passed away peacefully on February 11, 2021. She was born on June 12, 1930 in Mount Vernon, NY to Ferdinand Fusco and Lucy (Criscuolo) Fusco. She graduated from Milford High School in 1948. She attended The Cooper Union in New York City studying art and architecture. Lucille was a gifted artist and calligrapher.
She married Herbert E. Chadwick on March 1, 1955. During her early career, she worked as a draftsman for Sikorsky Aircraft designing the interior of helicopters. She had a great love of aeronautics. One of her peak experiences while working at the Sikorsky plant in Bridgeport was seeing Igor Sikorsky and Charles Lindberg walking together there.
She was a 50 year resident of Trumbull. She worked for the U.S. Census Bureau during the 1970 Census, was one of the people who got Trumbull Loves Children (TLC) off the ground, and later worked for Hometown Publications until her retirement.
Lucille was passionate about politics. She ran for Board of Education in Trumbull with the Ralph Okrepkie campaign in 1971. Lucille served on the Trumbull Republican Town Committee. She was a volunteer for Ross Perot's campaign in 1992. One of her proudest moments was meeting Ross Perot in Hartford when he thanked his volunteers for their efforts. Lucille relished meeting and corresponding with prominent people including President Dwight Eisenhower and President Richard Nixon. At a Schick shareholders meeting in Milford, CT. Lucille had a conversation with Mr. Nixon cautioning him against involving the USA in the Vietnamese war.
Lucille possessed a prodigious intellect and was ahead of her time in many areas of endeavor. In the early 60's when those interested in holistic healing were dubbed "health food nuts" she studied nutrition, herbs and organic gardening. Before the New Age movement took hold, Lucille pursued spiritual studies with Sri Chinmoy. She was instructed in the practice of Transcendental Meditation and enjoyed studying at the TM Center in Bridgeport. She was a member of The Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research for many years. A lifelong seeker, she later gravitated towards the teachings of Joel Goldsmith and The Infinite Way.
Lucille loved New York City and kept up with the city where she lived in the early 1950's by listening religiously to WOR radio for decades. She was generous with sharing information she knew would be helpful to others.
Lucille is survived by her daughters Claudia Chadwick of Seymour, and Elisa (Chadwick) McPhee, and son-in-law Jason McPhee of Scarborough, Maine, and granddaughters Ariana Mucci of Seymour and Marin and Phaedra McPhee of Scarborough, Maine. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations can be made to Hillsdale College in her memory;

Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 26, 2021


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