The Rev. Dr. Donald R. Broad, 94, of Bobtown, VA

July 16, 2020
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The Reverend Doctor Donald Ray Broad died peacefully in his home in Bobtown, VA, early Wednesday morning, July 15, 2020.  Don was predeceased by his first wife, Carlisle (Collie) Cashion Broad; his second wife, Gloria SantaCroce; two grandsons, Nathaniel Donald Chuquin and Juan Camilo Chuquin; his parents, Frederick Lee Broad and Ethel Carter Broad; and son-in-law, Jose Chuquin.

He is survived by his daughter, Laura Chuquin-Naylor and her husband Rhudy; granddaughter, Julia Carrilea Chuquin; and three grandsons, Nicolas Ruben Chuquin and his wife Crystal, Daniel Donaldo Chuquin, and Jose David Chuquin and his wife Kacey.

Born in Mountain Lakes, NJ in 1925, he graduated from the University of North Carolina in June 1948, after serving in World War II.  His experience in the war confirmed his desire to enter the pastorate and he graduated from Union Theological Seminary in 1951.  He was examined and ordained by Brooklyn-Nassau Presbytery on June 20, 1951 and became the Assistant Minister at the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, NY.  In 1953 he accepted the call to be the pastor of the Setauket Presbyterian Church, Setauket, NY, where he served until retiring in 1977.  He received a Master of Systemic Theology degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1966 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Seminary, Richmond, VA in 1986.

While pastoring the Setauket Presbyterian Church Don also served the Long Island Presbytery in many capacities, including as Stated Clerk for ten years.  He also served on the Permanent Judicial Committee of the Presbyterian Church, USA, for six years.  He transferred to the Norfolk Presbytery, now the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, in 1977.  He came out of retirement to serve the Belle Haven and Powelton churches from 1977 to 1990.  He served as interim pastor at the Parksley Baptist Church from May 1999 to June 2000 and then as interim at the Makemie churches from July 2000 to July 2001, at which point he retired again.

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While living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Don and his first wife Collie, were integral participants in the founding of Hospice.  He also served as President of the Board of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Perhaps his most challenging volunteer position was that of Parliamentarian for the Accomack County Board of Supervisors, a position he held for 15 years.

If asked what he was most proud of Don’s quick response was his daughter and grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.

A private graveside service will be held at the Onancock Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Naomi Makemie Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 397, Onancock, VA  23417, or to the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ESCADV) P.O. Box 3, Onancock, VA  23417.

Memory tributes may be shared with the family, and complete obituary viewed, at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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