Chad S. Masi, 47
ALEXANDRIA — Chad Stuart Masi died unexpectedly of a cardiac event July 19, 2017, at his home in Charleston, South Carolina, where he lived with his mother, Donna Masi.
Born in Franklin on Oct. 17, 1969, he was the son of Donna and Edward Masi.
He was raised in Alexandria until he entered the Army after graduating from Newfound Memorial High School.
Chad served from 1988 to 1992 in the 82nd Airborne unit with stays in Europe, and frontline Desert Storm in Afghanistan, protecting the Kurds.
After his discharge from the Army he was a commercial diver, working on oil rigs off the Louisiana coast and in Alaska. He joined Air Force reserves while in North Pole, Alaska, serving from 1996 to 1997 repairing instrumentation and electronics on planes. He moved to Port Townsend, Washington, in 1999, to live near his sister, Bonnie. He worked as a diver, cleaning municipal water tanks in Idaho, Washington and Oregon, preserving forestry in the Olympic Mountains area, plus had his own odd jobs business (wiring horse stables, felling trees, yard chores for elderly, etc.).
He enjoyed many hikes and diving Puget Sound for Dungeness crabs and helping the local dive shop owner.
PTSD (“Gulf War Syndrome”) chased Chad since his Army days, but he was very proud to have served, an active member of the VFW and American Legion up until his death. His love of food often took him into their kitchens to cook for events and fund-raisers.
Chad lived back in New Hampshire, Alexandria and Belmont areas from 2004 to 2012 (except for 2007 in Boston), until his move to South Carolina.
A bizarre accident in June 2013 caused Chad to become an above-knee amputee. Even this didn’t stop his love of the outdoors, ocean, fishing and boating. He finally got his VA special water prosthesis in June 2017, allowing him to joyfully play in the waves at Folly Beach, South Carolina, with mom looking on.
Chad was predeceased by his father, Edward, on April 25, 1994.
He’s survived by sister, Bonnie Masi; brother, Lance Masi; and mom, Donna; many friends, and three cats, Timmy, Buzz and Stinkums.
A memorial was held at Sunrise Beach, South Carolina, on July 31.
The family will hold a memorial gathering on Lance’s mountain property in Alexandria.