CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who was well-known to western Massachusetts television viewers in the 1970s and 80s has died. Robert “Bob” Chadbourne died Monday at the age of 81 following a long illness.
Chadbourne had worked for years as a reporter here at WWLP-22News, as well as at WGGB-TV. He also was a producer and reporter for Real to Reel, the Catholic Communications newsmagazine that airs weekly on 22News. Chadbourne additionally worked as a freelance writer for several national magazines.
He was born in Damariscotta, Maine in 1935. Serving for 20 years in the United States Army, Chadbourne retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He received an associate’s degree from Springfield Technical Community College in 1977, and also attended Westfield State College (now Westfield State University.)
In addition to his work in journalism, Chadbourne had served in a variety of community positions, including as a library trustee in East Longmeadow, a trustee of STCC, a board member of the Radio Reading Service of Western New England, and a board member of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind.
Chadbourne will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. All services will be private.