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Floyd J. Chandler

Floyd J. Chandler

1942 - 2017

Floyd James Chandler passed away early on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the age of 75.
He was born August 5, 1942 in Buffalo, New York, eldest son of Burt and Jane Chandler, who predeceased him. 
Floyd is survived by his wife, Mary-Beth Chandler, Watertown, his brother Peter Chandler and wife Kathy, Erie, PA and three sons, Floyd Jason (Jay) Chandler, Salem, MA, Peter Lewis Chandler, Madison NJ, his wife Marisa, their 3 children, Owen, Reese and Ella, and Matthew Richard Chandler, Emeryville, CA. 
Floyd grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and attended at McDowell  High School in Mill Creek.  He loved sports, and lettered in wrestling, baseball (attended PA All State) and football.  He graduate with Honors in 1960 and attended Syracuse University on a football and Ford Foundation scholarship.  He received a BA in 1964, and remained at Syracuse to receive his MA in History Education in 1966.  Following Syracuse, Floyd entered the US Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island in September of 1966 and thereafter served as line officer on the USS Norfolk.  While assigned to the USS Norfolk he enjoyed a good will tour of South America.  The following year he did a world cruise taking him around Africa to the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, returning through the Panama Canal.  Following 4 years of active duty in the Navy he joined the Naval Reserves and retired as a Naval Commander after 21 years.
Floyd married Mary-Beth Ludlow in Somers, NY, on December 21, 1968 and they resided in Norfolk, Virginia.  In the following year he received orders for shore duty in Cam Ram Bay, Vietnam in September, 1969, and returned in September, 1970.  Floyd and Mary-Beth returned to Syracuse where he attended Syracuse Law School.  He graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1973.  They then moved to Watertown where he joined the Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall Law Firm, becoming a partner in the spring of 1978.  He specialized in Family Law, practicing until November of 2011. 
Floyd loved sports and especially enjoyed watching his three sons play football, baseball, track and hockey.  He played racquet ball for years at the Watertown Racquet Club and the YMCA.  He had just recently begun to play again. While retired he and his wife loved visiting the grandchildren in New Jersey and watching his grandson play hockey, baseball, and soccer.  He also enjoyed reading while spending time with his dogs and cats.
Funeral arrangements are with the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, 135 Keyes Avenue, Watertown, New York.  There will be no calling hours at his request and no formal funeral.  He will be cremated.  Condolences may be made to their website,  Donations may be made in Floyd’s name to the Jefferson County SPCA or the Northern NY Community Foundation.


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Prayers for the Chandler family.

Mr Chandler was a good man, I have many fond memories of him growing up and playing hockey with his boys.

Rest in Peace Mr Chandler.

By James Spink on 10 04, 2017

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I was shocked to see this obit.  I worked for CMBK for 11 years as a paralegal for the estate practice group.

I am so sorry to hear about Atty Chandler.  My prayers go out to his family

By Diane Gamble on 09 22, 2017

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Floyd was like a second father to all of the boys on Nellis Street. He was a great dad to his sons and he lived a truly exceptional life. I will miss him, but I will always remember him as a man in full.

By Justin Harberson on 09 13, 2017

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Mary Beth, Jay, Pete, and Matt—

I am very sorry for your loss. He was so proud of his family. When I worked at CMBK he always had pictures at his desk and loved to share stories about all of you, including the pets.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if the Gebos can help in any way. You all are in my thoughts.

By Sarah Gebo on 09 13, 2017

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I had the very distinct privilege of working with Floyd at the Conboy Law Firm from 1995 to 2000.  As a lawyer just starting out, I will never forget the lessons he taught me about being a better lawyer and a better person. 

Floyd was tenacious in representing his clients.  He was prepared always.  He knew the law. However, what I will remember most of all is Floyd’s integrity, his honesty and his kindness.  These he exhibited at all times and the lack of them was the only thing I ever knew he would not forgive.  It was an honor to have worked with Floyd.

Marybeth, I know that he loved you and the boys whose sports adventures were at the heart of many of the stories he shared with me over those years.  You have my sincerest condolences and my deepest sympathies.

By Ed Gibson on 09 13, 2017

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Mary-Beth, Pete, Matt, and Jay,

I was heartbroken to hear the news of Floyd’s passing. I will always remember my time working with Floyd fondly. He was not only my boss, but my mentor, teacher, and above all, my friend. I will never forget those North Country winter mornings when I would arrive at work and Floyd would pull into the spot next to my car and tell me to hop in. He would introduce me to all the different music he loved and we would chat in the parking lot for so long that I thought for sure I would be fired from my job. One of his favorite topics of discussion was his kids and grandkids and how proud he was of them. I will miss those chats.

I am so grateful that he was able to attend my law school graduation in May. He encouraged me to go back to law school and was one of my biggest supporters.

Floyd will be dearly missed.

With deepest sympathy,
Ashley McDonough

By Ashley McDonough on 09 13, 2017

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Mrs. Chandler, Pete, Matt and Jay,

Your Dad was like a Dad to me. He treated me like a son and taught me how to conduct myself with integrity.

People enjoyed his company and respected his work. He never missed a hockey game and usually worked the penalty box or score board to have closet seat to the ice.

I will always remember how he taught us how to fight with boxing matches in the basement and how he loved sharing his Navy Stories with us on long road trips.

I will miss him coming to our cottage on the 4th of July. Our kids loved it when he took them for rides in his convertible.

His legacy will continue thanks to the wisdom he has shared with us all. He will be missed.

All our love.
Dan & Laura Greene & Family

By Dan Greene on 09 12, 2017

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My deepest condolences to you and your family Matt. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this very sad time

Kind Regards


By Alan Buckley on 09 12, 2017

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The Stopper family would like to send their condolences to the Chandler family, especially to Matt who was our son’s roommate at Miami. They have been close friends ever since.  We are sorry for your loss, Matt. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lora, Jack and Jeff

By Lora & Jack Stopper on 09 12, 2017

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Floyd was certainly a lawyers lawyer.  He always had time to give colleagues advice. He was the first to know all about any changes in the law or new important cases.

I loved hearing his stories about his cases, his travels and his family.  Though, I must admit I still don’t know what the brown shoe Navy was.

By Lisa Proven on 09 12, 2017

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I never had the opportunity to meet Floyd, but I work closely with his son, Pete. Thoughts and prayers in our hearts out to the Chandler clan for your loss.

By Harry King on 09 11, 2017

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Floyd and I were high school classmates. He was popular with everyone, and no wonder. He excelled on the athletic field and in the classroom. I am thankful that he was my friend.

By David Stout on 09 11, 2017

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To Mary Beth and the boys, I was so surprised and saddened by the news of Floyd’s passing. After years of cheering our shared hockey family from the frozen bleachers of northeastern rinks, we were always interested in the latest news of “the kids” travels and accomplishments. I know how difficult this time will be, but together you raised a lovely family and left an impressive path as you did so. Many heartwarming memories. God bless you all.


By Jeanne Derouin on 09 11, 2017

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Mary Beth and boys:

Having worked for Floyd for only a few years prior to his retirement, wishing there had been many more, he was highly respected by all.  I always loved listening to his stories, personal and professional, as he sat in my office sipping his coffee only to have to tell him he had to go, I had work to do smile  He was very passionate about his work and those he helped.  He was clearly a legal legend.  Always know that he adored you, your boys and the grandkids!  I especially will remember the cards he would personally select for each one of us girls expressing his gratitude for all we had done for him.  He was a great boss and learned so much during the years working for him.  I look at his photo each day in my office w/ a once co-worker who he encouraged to go to law school.  He was so proud!  He will be forever missed.  Seek strength from your memories.

Rhonda Hubbard & Family

By Rhonda Hubbard & Family on 09 10, 2017

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My deepest condolences to the entire family , you’ve lost a truly respected and beloved man. I grew up with Matt and adored him. We’ve all lost touch with him the last 20 years so if anyone can get a message to him for me I’d love to reconnect and wish him lots of prayers during this time.

By Kelly Foster on 09 10, 2017

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I have known Floyd through the Navy and have been a client of his a number of times.  He always was professional and tenacious when it came to a cause he believed in. I had no fault in any dealing my wife and I had with him. He will be missed by his ‘shipmates’.  Yesterday was a Naval Reserve luncheon in Dexter and we all missed him. Fair winds and following seas Sir.


By Duane Hazelton on 09 10, 2017

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Chandler Family,
There is never a good way to address this, sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Chandler.  I have periodically thought about you all and will pray for you all in the coming days for blessings, favor and joy. 


By Robb E. Montrois on 09 09, 2017

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Dear Mary Beth and family,
I am so sorry for your loss .I send my deepest sympathy to all of you.  I have very fond memories of being neighbors to you and Floyd on Nellis St .  Sara Derrigo

By Sara Derrigo on 09 09, 2017

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After reading about his life I regret not getting to know him.My sincere condolences.

By James Keel on 09 09, 2017

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My prayers for the family of Mr. Chandler.  Had the privilege of working with him in family court.  May he rest in peace

By Liz Daugherty on 09 08, 2017

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Mary-Beth ..  As an employee of the Conboy Law Firm, I was able to observe first-hand the jolly nature of your husband.  We used to joke about the amount of coffee he would drink in one day.  He was always kind and above all hardworking. More than anything, I will always remember how much my late mother respected him and how he gave her sound advice in how to leave an abusive marriage and get through an ugly divorce.  I will always be grateful to him for that.  He spoke so often during work about his boys and his wonderful dog.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  He loved you and his children immensely.

By Shelly Norris on 09 08, 2017

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Mary-Beth, Jay, Pete and Matt,
I was saddened to hear of your loss.  I have many fond memories of Floyd and our years spent watching hockey. He and Joe often had the early morning practice shift.  That was true dedication.
So sorry for your loss.  Cinda

By Cinda Alteri on 09 08, 2017

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Mrs. Chandler - I just wanted you to know that the Nemerguts are thinking of you at this time. Some of my earliest memories are of times our families spent together.  And Mr. Chandler helped me immensely when I was older and he was my lawyer.  I know that you will all miss him greatly. I will keep you and your entire family in my thoughts and prayers.

By Elene Nemergut on 09 08, 2017

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RIP Mr Chandler, Thank you for all you did for me and my adoption of a son and his family from India.  It is a wonderful service that you did for us and we will always remember you.

By Margaret Cleland on 09 08, 2017

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Mary-Beth, my most sincere condolences on this loss. Floyd was a legend in the legal community, and certainly the spice of life.  I will fondly remember many a spirited story recounted by Floyd, his eyes flashing and a perpetual expression of enthusiasm on his face.  He was clearly most proud of his family and all of your adventures over the years. May your love carry you through this difficult time.

By Deanna Nelson on 09 08, 2017

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RIP Mr Chandler.

By Ed Morley on 09 08, 2017

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Mary Beth and family…I am so saddened at the news of your loss. Floyd left a huge impression on me and is a big part of who I am as a person, as have you. Please, please call me with anything I can do to help you. I will stop or call in the next few weeks as well.

By Thomas Bradley on 09 08, 2017

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Marybeth and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  I was honored to work for Floyd for the many years I did and I realize that everything I know he taught me.  He was so very kind to all of us and went through all of our life issues with us, always providing sound advice. I still have many of the cards he would pick out special for each of us.
A great person is always missed!

Dorrie & Mike Pepe

By Dorrie Pepe on 09 08, 2017

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chandler family. So sorry for your loss.

By Dan & Julie Goodman on 09 08, 2017

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