Chandler (Pete) Cudlipp Jr.



Chandler (Pete) Cudlipp Jr. was born in New York City on June 12, 1931, and grew up in Wilton, CT. He spent numerous summers at Camp Pasquaney in Hebron, NH, where he became a passionate oarsman. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and then went on to Cornell University where he earned his BA in Economics. There he met his first wife, Jane Heitkamp (1931-1996†). He attended Cornell on a ROTC scholarship, spent four years in the Air Force based in Harlingen, TX, and left in 1956 with the rank of Lieutenant. Following this, he joined Alcoa Aluminum as a sales manager. This took him and his young family from Grand Rapids to New York and from there to Lausanne, Switzerland, where they lived for 11 years. From there, he was transferred back to Grand Rapids, MI, where he spent the rest of his life. After having worked for Alcoa for 25 years, he established his own business in Aluminum Sales – Chandler Metals – which later merged with Schupan Aluminum Sales. He worked there until his retirement in 1997. He married Martita E. Cudlipp of Ada, MI, in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Martita, his son Chandler (Chris) and wife Zuszsanna of Zurich, Switzerland, his daughters Carol and husband Bill (from New York City) and Martha and husband Mike (from Grand Rapids), as well as his wife’s son, Ricardo Carroll, Pete’s grandchildren (Alexandra, Sofe, Juno & Oliver) and five nieces and four nephews. Pete was an active Rotarian, a member of the Grand Rapids Rowing Club, the Cornell Alumni Club, the Alliance Française of Grand Rapids, and a volunteer with «The Bridge» organization. He was a faithful member of St. Robert of Newminster Church in Ada, MI. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am Friday, October 13, 2023, at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church, 6477 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301 with visitation one-hour prior. Rev. Tony Russo presiding. Interment Ada Cemetery.

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  1. I have not seen Pete in many years. But he was a regular at our Rotary meetings and I recall with fondness his warm smile and kind manner

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