In Memorium, 10/1/53 - 5/7/06

'Chase on Chase'

I was born in 1953 to James and Leola Chase in Chester, PA. My parents were a great influence in my education, especially my dad - he was the major reason why I read literature and write poetry. My father spent much time lost in literature, it rubbed off mightily on me.

I delved even more deeply into literature after returning home to Chester from the Marines. Seeing so many confused young children pushing babies around made a deep impression on me. I felt lost in my own home town. This became the primary inspiration of my first work.

I have had readings at the Border's in Phila., and Chester County, Phila's Pen & Pencil, Swarthmore College, Widener University and Rutgers University in Camden.

I won the Poetry Slam hosted by Lamont Dixon at Poet's Den. I was on the boards of Poets & Prophets and the Mad Poetry Forum. I also ran a poetry group known as 'Straight From the Heart Poetry Club'.

I am also a photographer and have taken many pictures of  grassroots poets and acclaimed writers.

Books Published by Lawrence Chase:

Chasing Dreams - 1993
Is it Black? - 1995
My People Song - 1997
Black Pride, Black Power, Black Me - 2000
Taking My Sweet Old Time, I'm Confused - 2002
Sweet Nadine, Freedom, Sweet Nadine - work in progress, now forever unfinished.....


Lawrence Matthew Chase, age 52, passed away May 7, 2006, at home. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania on October 1, 1953. He was the son of Leola Jones Chase and the late James A. Chase.

Larry was also a lifetime resident of Chester, Pennsylvania. In 2004, Larry had a short stay in Newark, Delaware. After leaving the state of Delaware, he returned to Chester. Larry was educated in the Chester Upland School District, graduating from Chester High School. As a youth Larry enjoyed all types of sports. He played football and was a member of the track and field team. After high school Larry attended college at North Carolina Central University, where he graduated and received a degree in political science. He later became a member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter for NCCU. After college Lawrence joined the Marines for a four year stint, from 1981-1985. He was stationed in California for a while, and then once again returned to Chester.

Larry never did forget his roots. Upon returning to his birth place, he would become a school teacher in the same school district he attended as a youth. Larry would also continue to be active in his most loved sport, track and field. Larry became an assistant coach. Later he would teach at Chester Charter School. He was also a member of the Chester Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Larry was the recipient of many and varied awards. In 1972, he received the Optimist Award, and also in 1972 he received the CUSD Creative Writer Award. In the year of 1973 Larry received the Chester Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Award. In 1980 Larry received the NCCU Alphonso Elder Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1998 he received the CUSD certificate for Creative Leadership.

Although all the words in the paragraphs above define Lawrence Chase, if one knew him in his later years, one would know to define Larry by his poetry. That is what Larry was about. He became known to fellow poets and friends as "The Poet." Larry loved to write. That is what he did in his spare time. One can see a video clip of Larry reading his poetry at The André Café Acoustique on the web site:

Larry leaves to cherish his memory, his loving mother Leola Chase of Bear, Delaware; a son, Benjamin Alexander of North Carolina; two brothers, Martin Chase of Bear, Delaware and James Chase of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Delois Brimmer of Bogue, North Carolina, Agnes Wilson of Newark, Delaware, and Kimberly Chase of Wilmington, Delaware, and a host of nieces and nephews.

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