Chester Bradford Marble, 104, Held 28 U.S. & 6 Foreign Patents; Retired Telechron and General Electric Employee

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ASHLAND – Chester Bradford Marble, 104, died on December 13, 2020 at Langdon Place in Nashua, New Hampshire. 

He was born in Brockton on October 7, 1916, the son of Bradford P. Marble and Nellie Gladys (Staples) Marble.

Chet was a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer and was employed as Manager of Timekeeping Products Engineering for the Telechron and General Electric Companies of Ashland, a manufacturer of eight million electric clocks and timers a year. 

He was granted 28 US patents and 6 foreign patents and worked in many of the industrialized countries around the world.

During that time, he gave three technical papers in German to the combined conferences of the German, French, and Swiss Societies for Chononometrie.  He also managed the development of the General Electric smoke alarm and its initial manufacture in Ireland. 

During World War II, he had engineering responsibilities for the manufacture of the M103 bomb fuses, aircraft air speed indicators, and the gunfire control system for the B29 bomber.  He retired in January of 1979.

Skiing and sailing were his avocations, mostly from the weekend home he designed and built on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonboro, NH. 

He restored a 1921 Model T Ford touring car that is now being driven in antique events by his son Brad. 

He was an amateur radio operator (N1BPX), a photographer and an accomplished painter of seascapes and landscapes in oil, having painted with some of the finest painters in Boston and Gloucester for over 20 years.

Chet was the husband of Elinor (Gates) Marble, who died in 2005, and to whom he was married for 66 years.  They lived, travelled and worked together as an excellent team.

He is survived by three children: Joan Beardsley (Peter)of West Lebanon, NH; Bradford Marble (Sigrid) of Deerfield, NH; and Douglas Marble (Alice-Marie) of Colonie (Schenectady). NY; six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

He came to Ashland in 1927 and became a member of the Federated Church of Ashland.  He was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee which raised money for the addition to the church in 1955.  In 2007, after the death of his wife, he moved to Nashua, NH.

Due to COVID 19, the funeral service will be private, with interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Ashland, Massachusetts. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Chet’s name to the Federated Church of Ashland, 118 Main St. Ashland, MA  01721


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