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Samuel H. Cheney, Jr., of Rockport, husband of Joan Darlington and son of the late Samuel H. Cheney and Anastasia (Donovan) Cheney, died on Friday, July 28, 2017, in his home with his family by his side.
Mr. Cheney was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He and his first wife, Eileen (Matthews) Cheney, raised six children during their 46 years of marriage. After his wife’s death, he was lucky enough to find love again and married Joan Darlington in 2000, at which time he became step-father to 11 more grown children. He enjoyed telling those he met that he had 17 children.
Mr. Cheney served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After discharge, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earning a BCHE. For most of his career, he worked in the Aerospace industry with General Electric. He truly enjoyed his work, was very fond of his earliest work in the 1950s on rocket engines when the technology was new, “no one knew anything,” and every day brought new ideas and knowledge. His children and grandchildren enjoyed hearing his exciting, interesting and in-depth stories of his experiences as a “Rocket Scientist” during those early days. He also worked on projects involving jet engines, space reentry and man-in-space. For the last 15 years of his career, he was employed at the GE Lynn Plant, where he worked on the development of the F-404 engine for the F-18 jet airplane. He retired from General Electric in 1989.
Mr. Cheney was a lover of music, reading, cooking, art, politics, crafts, the ocean, and sports, and was active in his church and civic volunteer programs. He played lacrosse in college, enjoyed golf and swimming throughout his life and was a football fan. He played piano and organ, and enjoyed all kinds of music ranging from classical to rock to Irish folk. His family will miss the sounds of the organ on Sunday afternoons. Most of all he enjoyed entertaining his friends and family and had a wonderful sense of humor. Favorite memories revolve around holidays, dinner parties and always, music.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his six children, Samuel H. Cheney III and his wife, Lisa of Warminster, Pa., Timothy C. Cheney of Rockport, Clare Cheney of Warner Springs, Calif., Elizabeth Cheney Roenker and her husband, Christopher and Ellen Cheney Hale and her husband, Russell, all of Rockport, Patrick J. Cheney and his wife, Lisa of Salem, Mass.; his six grandchildren, Anne Ullestad and her husband, Matthew, and Stephen Cheney, all of Pennsylvania, Jean Bocharova and her husband, Grecia, Thomas Zimmermann and his wife, Elizabeth, all of California, Daniel Zimmermann of Rockport, Alexander Hale and his wife, Megan of Boston; five great-grandchildren; his brother, James Cheney and his wife, Shirley of Worthington, Ohio; his step-children, Richard Darlington, Mary Darlington, Joan Klothe, Lucy Darlington, Phoebe Darlington, Hugh Darlington, Anne Martin, Peter Darlington and William Darlington and their spouses and children; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Eileen Matthews Cheney; his sister, Mary Lou Weickert; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Margaret and James McCarthy; his cousin and her husband, Clare and Henry Corbett; and two step-sons, John and Christopher Darlington.
“But since it falls unto my lot, that I should rise and you should not, I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call, good night and joy be with you all.” The Parting Glass, Irish Folk Song.
Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass at St. Joachim Church, Broadway, Rockport, on Monday, August 7, at 11 a.m. followed by a celebration of his life at the family home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Trade Center Drive, G 500, Woburn, MA 01801.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  August 1, 2017
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