Charles ‘Chick’ Overington
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The man who brought a symphony orchestra to the Roaring Fork Valley, Charles “Chick” Overington, died Saturday, April 10, 2010. He was 81.
Diagnosed with lung cancer, Chick entered Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, PA Wednesday, April 7, 2010, but then died quickly and peacefully of pneumonia. He spent his career designing churches in the East.
Chick moved to Glenwood Springs in August 1991 after meeting Karin White at a Senior Symphony Concert in Mystic, CT. The two worked bringing together musicians in the valley, eventually forming Symphony in the Valley. The orchestra’s first performance was December 1993. Chick, a violinist and violist, put together musical offerings, concert themes, and elaborate set decorations, for which he found an audience eager to listen.
Also during the period Chick lived in Glenwood Springs, he worked for Avalanche Ranch as a handyman and led the ranch’s campfire sing-a-longs in the summers. At Ski Sunlight Resort, he recited cowboy poetry and played cowboy music for tourists.
He volunteered with Mountain Valley Developmental Services. Not long after founding the symphony, he also founded the Glenwood Springs Hot Strings Band.
His time in Colorado, Chick was known to say, charged him to a more spiritual level.
He left Glenwood Springs in 2001 to return to his hometown, Yardley, PA, where he settled with his significant other, Betty Berner.
While in hospice, a young violin student came to play for him. At Chick’s request, she played “Ashoken Farewell.” At the end of the piece, Chick gave the student an impromptu music lesson, which helped improve her vibrato. The little student played at Chick’s funeral.
The funeral service was held Friday, April 16, 2010 at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Yardley, PA. Contributions in Chick’s memory may be made to Symphony in the Valley, P.O. Box 1831, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
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