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Charles “Chip” Porter Schutt, Jr.

On May 23, 2021, Charles “Chip” Porter Schutt Jr., 78, of Chadds Ford, PA, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his children and dogs.

Chip was the son of Charles Porter Schutt and Phyllis Moxham du Pont. Born in Wilmington, DE, he attended Tower Hill School, Cardigan Mountain School, Tabor Academy, and the University of Delaware. He joined the Air National Guard while beginning his career at Laird, Bissell & Meads in 1968. He spent the next 32 years taking care of his clients’ financial lives, ultimately retiring from Morgan Stanley.

He avidly pursued Katharine “Puss” Draper Schutt until she finally relented. They were married in 1967 and over the next 48 years they raised three children, Porter, Jake, and Kate, never missing a single one of their concerts or sporting events. That streak continued with their grandchildren—Ryann, Tatum, and Bridget (Porter and Laurisa) and Jasper, Elsa, and Luke (Jake and Hilah).

Chip was renowned for his smile, the twinkle in his eye, and his curiosity about others, reveling in their lives and relishing their stories. He was a generous giver, dedicated to the success of many organizations including The Pilot School, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, and The Wilmington Club. He always carried a harmonica in his pocket and was ready with a song to entertain any crowd. He loved a sunrise over a frozen duck marsh as much as he loved a side of smoked salmon or a wheel of brie cheese. Many of his outdoor adventures, hunting and otherwise, happened at Galio Farms in rural Alabama with lifelong friends.

“The Captain,” as many called him, had countless nautical miles beneath his keel. He was a member of the Cruising Club of America, the Northeast Harbor Fleet, and the Vicmead Yacht Club. At a young age, he made his first transatlantic crossing. Many friends and family joined him on “Safari” as he sailed to Bermuda and up and down the eastern seaboard, the galley fully stocked by his first mate Puss.

His warmth impacted many and will forever be remembered.

Chip was predeceased by his wife, his sisters Caroline “Cookie” Brown of Unionville, PA and Katherine “Jerry” Streitwieser of Pottstown, PA, and he is survived by his sister Sarah “Sally” Harrison of Greenville, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pilot School (, 208 Woodlawn Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Funeral Services

A Memorial Service open to all will be held on Saturday, June 5th, at 2:00pm, at the du Pont Cemetery, 215 E. Buck Road, Wilmington, DE. A reception will follow at 3:00pm at the Vicmead Hunt Club, 903 Owls Nest Road, Wilmington, DE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pilot School (, 208 Woodlawn Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.


    Daniel K. Statnekov writes,
    My name was "Danny Stat" when I palled around with Chip and a couple of Chip's buddies in the early 1960's. None of us were married yet and we had some memorable times together. As happens in life, we moved in different directions and rarely did I return to the Wilmington area and so we lost touch. The memory of the very nice young man I knew then stuck with me through the years and so this morning I was saddened to read of Chip's passing; heartened, though, by the knowledge that he lived a rich and fulfilling life with his family. RIP, old friend, you had a good journey here and I was pleased to know you along the way.
    05/28/2021 04:14 pm
    Marilyn G Forney writes,
    A wonderful, generous, fun man who will be missed.
    05/31/2021 07:58 am
    David McBride writes,
    Porter and Laurisa, I did not know your father and father-n-law, but I wish I had. As you describe him, he loved life and other people. My condolences for your loss. It is never easy to lose a parent. Be well and we are thinking of you.
    06/02/2021 07:46 am
    Mark W. Kellogg writes,
    Fair winds and smooth seas on this Journey.
    06/03/2021 10:33 am
    Ernie Chornyei writes,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear about Chip’s passing. My heart goes out to the entire family. It was a joy and privilege to have been his roommate Sophomore year at Tabor. He left us too soon.
    06/03/2021 10:58 pm
    Charles Kaplan writes,
    I meet Chip in 1956 at the Cardigan Mountain School. We became instant friends. I believe we were in 7th grade. I subsequently talked with Chip approximately 12 years ago. We had a mutual friend in Wilmington. Chip had a wonderful spirit and will be missed by all. Charles I. Kaplan
    06/08/2021 03:37 pm

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