Memorial Service For Charles Chaffin
By Greig Steiner
A memorial service will be held to honor Charles Chaffin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2009 at the Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue. He died on 18 December 2008. Charles was a friend to many and a well know supporter of the arts in Estes Park for many years. He and his wife Ginni and family came to Estes Park in 1972 and immediately became active members of the community.
In retirement Charles brought his deep love of music to Estes Park, founding the Estes Park Music Festival and serving on its board for many years. He was active in the church choir, and acted in many Fine Arts Guild performances and, along with Ginni hosted many evenings of the Chamber Music Society and other traveling musicians in their home. He also served with the Ambassadors of the Estes Park Chamber of Commerce for many years.
Among many contributors; Bill Bishop of Bishop Gallery wrote, “There would be no Music Festival without Charles. He was the kindest person I ever met. He never said an unkind word about anyone.” Madison Casey, President of the EPMF writes, “Charles was so supportive and active in the arts of Estes Park. He was dedicated to the Music festival and was always there when needed. He was a true gentleman and counselor.” Giora Bernstein, founder of the Colorado Music Festival (CMF) said, “Charles Chaffin loved the Colorado Music Festival. He was a staunch supporter, advocate and promoter of its concerts in Estes Park for over three decades. He was soft spoken, warm, affectionate to the Festival musicians. His unfailing loyalty and love for the CMF over the years has touched us all.
He will be sorely missed.” Ann and Greig Steiner remember that “Charles was a joy to work with, always cheerful and fun to be with. Many happy conversations and chats brought us together during the many years we served on the EPMF board and during the exciting times of setting up for the Christmas Fantasy Ball.”
The Supporters Of The Performing Arts Inc. (SOPA Inc.) is honored that the Chaffin family has chosen to make memorial donations in Charles’ name to benefit the performing arts in Estes Park. SOPA Inc. will use these contributions to establish The Charles and Ginni Chaffin Performance Fund for the new Performing Arts Center. The fund will be dedicated to the encouragement of local persons or groups who wish to use the facilities but may not have their own fund-raising capabilities. The SOPA Inc. board of directors, committee chairs and volunteers expect this fund to continue to grow over time to become a major adjunct to the production opportunities for local performance soloists and groups. Donations may be made at the memorial service or sent to SOPA Inc. – P. O. Box 3077 Estes Park – CO 80517 in the name of The Chaffin Fund.