Charles E. "Chick" Partridge Sr., a former member of the Oxford Planning Commission and retired federal employee, died in his sleep Saturday at Methodist Manor House in Seaford, Del., where he had lived since 1990. The former Oxford resident was 97.
Mr. Partridge was born and raised in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1928.
He went to the Eastern Shore in the 1930s to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture's cannery products grading service in Easton.
When World War II put an end to the grading service, Mr. Partridge returned to Philadelphia and worked in the Defense Department's procurement division until retiring and moving to Oxford in 1971.
He became active in the community and for many years was secretary and a member of the 19th-century town's planning commission, working on problems related to development as Oxford's popularity as a summer and retirement community soared.
Mr. Partridge was also active at Memorial Hospital in Easton and the Oxford Museum.
He was married for 62 years to the former Miriam Meyer who died in 1994.
Survivors include a son, Charles E. "Pete" Partridge Jr. of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Partridge was a communicant of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 13.