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At 11:11 am today as Chad’s family and friends celebrate his life, I said a prayer instead of making a wish. Chad always would notice when the clock read 11:11 whether a.m. or p.m.and say, “Make a Wish!” My prayer today was for Chuck, Debbie, Bree and Chase whom I had the great pleasure of knowing. DeGrove family, please know I am lifting you all up in prayer during this challenging time of losing your son and father. I also prayed for Shannon and her family to feel the overwhelming peace of Jesus as you navigate life without your husband and the grief which comes from it. May the peace, hope, joy and love of God be with you all! And, of course, May the Fourth be with you, too!
So very sorry a life gone way too soon! Deepest condolences to family and loved ones.
My brother from another mother. I will miss you. You were a great friend and a great family man. Thank you for the memories.
Always a brother. Many a times Learning about life as kids. His parents always made me feel like I was part of the family. Thank you for that. We learned together for sure. I will forever miss you brother. I love you.
I only knew Chad thru Shannon. Her love for him is so pure. I pray Shannon & the family will find peace one day & be closer than ever as you all cope. I can’t imagine the gravity of losing such a special person to soon. I’m very sorry.
Brenda Whitehead and Nell Hersey
Prayers Dear Lord for this precious family. God Bless with Peace and Comfort, Amen
Brenda Whitehead and Nell Hersey
Prayers Dear Lord for this Precious Family . God Bless with peace and comfort .Amen
Ronnie and Marie DeGrove
Shannon, Chuck, Debbie, and the children, I was so sad to hear this news. I haven't seen Chad in years, but have plenty of great memories from all the family gatherings as kids. When he was working as a photographer, he set our daughter up with the deluxe package on her senior pictures. That was a kind gesture and we were appreciative of his good will. You are in our hearts and on our minds. May you find the strength to find your way to the peace of fond memories and the hope of the great day of reunion. We love you all.
Awesome family man with a great sense of humor. Peace and blessings to Shan and his family
Although I did not know Chad for very long he always made me smile when he would answer the phone when I would have to call his store (Aaron’s) to see if their store had something I needed sent to mine. He was a very kind person. Always a pleasure to talk to and the one chance I got to visit him at his store in Yule he was so upbeat and outgoing. He will be missed.
Steve & Kalie Miner
We’re sorry to hear this.. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family.
This was beautifully written, and I wish I could've met him, Shannon! This is the hardest thing to do, as it being the love of your life. It is hard to breathe the same again. My condolences to you and your family
Those was beautifully written and I wish I could've met him, Shannon! This is the hardest thing to do, as it being the live of your life. It is hard to breathe the same again. My condolences to you and your family.
I was very sad to hear this. I considered Chad a friend and I thought very highly of him. We worked together at Raymond and I knew him for years before that. My condolences to Shannon and the entire family. I will always cherish the fond memories I have of him. He was a kind, thoughtful person and a great friend.
Jim & Kathy Best
Such fond memories of Chad growing up with my son, Brian. Always welcomed in our home. So respectful. A gifted photographer, who took our daughter's senior HS pics. Our heartfelt prayers for his family. Our
We are so sorry , we send our condolences.
So sorry to hear of Chad’s passing. Prayers for your family.
Jack and Ede Huston
Condolences to the Family and friends.
Carol Faye Carver (Hill)
I am so sorry to hear about Chad's passing. I have known Chad and his family since we were kids at Holyford Baptist Church. He was always such an amazing person. My heart goes out to his family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Charles "Chad" William DeGrove IV
Charles (Chad) William DeGrove IV, 47 of Fernandina Beach, Fl passed away on April 15 at UF Health Heart and Vascular Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
Born on May 28, 1975, in Jacksonville, Florida to Debbie and Charles DeGrove III. He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Bishop Kenney High School in 1993. He married Shannon Soltis in 2012.
Chad worked for Raymond Handling Consultants in the parts department. He was very dedicated to his job and loved working with his fellow employees who became good friends.
Chad admired his parents and enjoyed many Sundays’ eating with them at one of his favorite spots, Beach Diner. Chad was a loving father to four children which he loved and was very proud of. He would talk about all 4 of them to anyone who would listen. His children remember him as their goofy, kind, and patient Pops who always encouraged them to pursue their goals.
Chad was an avid Star Wars fan and enjoyed going to collector conventions. Including his own collection of anything Boba Fett. He was a huge animal lover and was passionate about animal recuse. He often raised money and brought donations to the local animal shelter. Chad loved driving his Jeep around town with the soft top down, and his music loud. He was a loving person who would help anyone in need. He had two new hobbies of gardening and growing vegetables from seeds and making his own creations with his 3D printer. He got so excited to watch his plants grow and to show off anything he created.
Chad leaves behind his spouse of 10 years, Shannon DeGrove of Fernandina Beach; parents, Debbie and Chuck DeGrove III of Jacksonville; children, Bree and Chase DeGrove of Jacksonville; Kayleigh Kilpatrick (Brett) of Jacksonville; Madison Gaugler (Noah Schaffer) of Jacksonville; grandmother, Sheryl McAlister DeGrove, and many aunts and uncles and cousins. He also leaves behind his three canine companions: Sid, Judge, and Beau.
A celebration of life and service will be held at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Visitation starts at 10:00 a.m. and a service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on May 4, 2023.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Nassau County Animal Services in Yulee, Florida.