Chase Family official statement regarding the death of Edgar Lawrence "Dooky" Chase, Jr. on Tuesday afternoon November 22, 2016; husband of Leah Chase for over seventy years and owner of Dooky Chase's Restaurant.
"Though we are heartbroken to share the news that Edgar "Dooky" Chase, Jr. has passed away. We greatly appreciate the outpouring of love and the many expressions of sympathy and prayers that we have received.
Dooky, Jr was our loving husband, father, Grand D, brother-in-law and friend. He was a strong, selfless, and faith-filled patriarch. He was a jazz musician, an infallible advocate for civil equality and inclusion, a proud entrepreneur and unwavering believer in the Spirit of New Orleans and the good will of people.
While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his remarkable life and will forever cherish the life lessons he taught us. He will be truly missed by our family, friends, staff and fellow restauranteurs and musicians.
We are extremely grateful and will always remember the prayers and thoughtfulness shown to us."
The Chase Family
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to:
D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home
3933 Washington Ave.
Public visitation has been scheduled for Sunday, November 27th 3:00 - 5pm. followed by a prayer service 5:00 - 6pm at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church - 1923 St. Philip NOLA 70116
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 28th 1:00pm; Visitation will begin at 11:30am- 1:00pm - St. Peter Claver Catholic Church - 1923 St. Philip NOLA 70116
Internment - St. Louis 3 Cemetery - 3421 Esplanade Avenue NOLA
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Edgar "Dooky" Jr and Leah Chase Family Foundation - P.O. Box 791313 New Orleans, LA 70179
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant opened its doors for business in 1941. What was initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet in 1939 blossomed into a thriving bar and later a respected family restaurant in Treme. Founded by Emily and Dooky Chase, Sr., Dooky Chase’s Restaurant soon became the meeting place for music and entertainment, civil rights, and culture in New Orleans.
Today Dooky Chase’s remains family owned and operated. After Hurricane Katrina Dooky’s did close for two years to rebuild, but with assistance of many, Dooky Chase’s remains the premier restaurant for authentic Creole Cuisine
The Chase Family enjoys serving its regular customers, tourists, and locals. They also remain a stopping place for politicians, musicians, visual artists, and literary giants. Dooky Chase’s has had the pleasure of serving both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, Hank Aaron, Ernest Gaines, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones and a list of others.