Guy Chichester is shown with the Seabrook power plant in the background.
Guy Chichester, formerly of Massapequa, died February 9 in his home in Rye, NH, with his family at his bedside. He was 73 and had been hospitalized battling heart problems for several weeks.
When Chichester returned from a four-year Navy hitch, he was a frequent visitor at the Massapequa American Legion Post 1066, where he met his wife-to-be, Madeline (Susie) Meyer, the Legion band's Drum Majorette. They celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary in July 2007. When he got into carpentry, he would say time and again that his quiet agricultural Long Island was changing rapidly and not for the better.
They moved to Rye in 1970, where he and his wife hoped to raise their five children. It wasn't long when Chichester became involved in his new community.
Soon after he heard that Aristotle Onassis and then-Governor Meldrin Thomson hatched a plan to put an oil refinery on Durham Point, he and some of his friends decided to do something about it. He began to organize a watchdog group named the Clamshell Alliance; that was also successful in starting the fight against the building of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in nearby Seabrook, NH.
While president of the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League and member of the Clams, Chichester didn't stop the construction of the Seabrook station, but he helped to cripple it. Only one of the two planned reactors ever went on line, with overruns of more than $5 billion that led to bankruptcy of Public Service of New Hampshire.
During the 1990s, Chichester became overly involved in the Greenpeace movement and was their 1990 write-in candidate for New Hampshire governor. Blake Chichester and his wife, Martha, hosted a family gathering at his home in Hampton, NH on Feb. 14, 1990. The following day a neighbor offered their spacious circa 1838 home for the family to meet with their friends and neighbors.
Chichester leaves his wife Madeline and five adult children - Blake, Dru, Ben, Jenny and Noelle, sister Eileen and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial is being planned for May.