Captain George Victor Chamberlain, 92, Sandusky, passed away peacefully in his home Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, of natural causes.
Vic, as he was known to everyone, spent 46 years sailing the Great Lakes and the oceans of the world. He retired in 1980 as captain of the lake freighter George A. Stinson. He was a licensed Master of Great Lakes and Inland Steam or Motor Vessel and Chief Mate of Ocean Steam or Motor Vessel, Navigator on any Ocean, Great Lakes Shipmaster, 1st class pilot for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. American Merchant Marines.
He was most proud of his service as first officer onboard Liberty ships on several convoys, of which two (JW-62/RA-63 and JW-66/RA-67) were to Murmansk, Russia during World War II. In 1993, he was awarded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic’s War Partners Medal and during a 2002 visit to Sandusky, Mikhail Gorbachev recognized him and wished him “…a long life.”Vic Chamberlain had a long and fulfilled life.
He served the International Shipmasters Lodge 4 as past president and Grand Lodge of International Shipmaster’s Association as past grand president and historian. Vic was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus 546, Russian Convoy Club, and North Russia Club. He was also a member of American Legion Post 83, VFW Post 2529, American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II, Catholic War Veterans Post 1905, Great Lakes Historical Society, Sandusky Maritime Museum, Sandusky Amvets and Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
For 17 years, Vic coached eighth grade basketball for Sts. Peter & Paul, and volunteered at Ohio Veterans Home for more than 10 years, where in 2004 he was recognized as the OVH Volunteer of the Year.
Vic is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret C. Chamberlain of Sandusky; sons, Charles F. Chamberlain and his wife, Bessie Lee of Dillon Beach, Calif., and David L. Chamberlain; granddaughter, Circe A. LeNoble; and great-granddaughter, Savannah G. LeNoble of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
At his request, there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky; the Rev. Marty Nassr will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky. There will be a reception immediately following Mass at the Knights of Columbus. Arrangements were entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral Home, Sandusky.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of G. Victor Chamberlain to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or steinhospice.org.