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Cheston Andrew Knotts

Cheston (Chet) Andrew Knotts, 48, of Bear, DE, passed away after complications from heart surgery on June 6, 2018.

Chet happily worked at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, joining his wife, Yaritza Rodriguez Knotts, where they both contributed to the well-being of the patients and their families. He worked his way up from Patient Relations (PR) Representative, to PR Supervisor, before making PR Manager, all within a short few years.

After graduating from high school in Waterville, ME, Chet served in the U.S. Army as Signal Intelligence Analyst at Field Station Kunea in Hawaii. He attended Bryant College in Smithfield, RI, and then received his degree in baking and pastry arts from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.

His culinary career found him delighting his patrons in hotels, restaurants and bakeries in a variety of locations, including: The Ritz Carlton, Aspen, CO; Aldo’s, Block Island, RI; The Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, DE; and other establishments in Boston, MA, Charlotte and Hickory, NC. After leaving his culinary career, Chet continued to bake specialty cakes and delicacies for family and friends.

Chet was an avid sports fan and growing up in Maine caused him to be one of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots biggest fans. He passed on his passion to his daughter Chesany who sat right next to him on the couch, both of them with their jerseys on and hats situated, ready for the game.

Chet’s smile, kindness and sense of humor defined him. He was the one to slide a joke into a conversation that would have everyone quiet for a moment before roaring with laughter at the complete genius of it. He was the one to always welcome you with open arms and show his unwavering support by being there for you, a container of cookies in hand. His life priorities were family and friends and because of that, Chet was everything anyone could want in a husband, father, son, brother, and friend.

Chet was the son of Richard and Janice Fluharty Knotts of Hickory, NC. His maternal grandparents, Ed and Gladys Fluharty, and paternal grandparents, Cheston and Mary Knotts predeceased him. He was married to Yaritza Knotts for 12 years.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife Yaritza Knotts, daughter Chesany Knotts, stepdaughters Alyarith and Almarith Arevalo, his parents, brother Kurt Knotts and his wife Kelly and their children Braeden and Dana Knotts of Vernon, CT.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, June 15th at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike in Wilmington, with receiving at 4:00 PM and service at 5:00 PM. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to his daughter Chesany’s college fund, using this link: go.fidelity.com/564xw.

Funeral Services

 

 

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, June 15th at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike in Wilmington, with receiving at 4:00 PM and service at 5:00 PM. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to his daughter Chesany’s college fund, using this link: go.fidelity.com/564xw.

Condolences

    Andrea Hamill lit a candle and writes,
    I loved coming into work everyday and speaking with my friend Chet. You will be missed! Praying for Yaritza & your girls everyday.
    06/12/2018 11:10 am
    Jessica Brinn lit a candle and writes,
    Yaritza, My heart breaks to hear this news. Chet was an amazing person who has left us all too soon. I have been keeping you, your children and your family in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Love Jess
    06/12/2018 12:34 pm
    Alicia Neel lit a candle and writes,
    Chet was an extraordinary person. He was a salt of the earth and as genuine as they come kind of guy. I can remember us trying to one up each other with jokes in the bakeshop. He came up with the nickname "Al" for me and never used my real name from that point on. I can remember thinking that it was endearing and funny at the same time. The world is a sadder place with out you but heaven is rejoicing with you there. He we will be forever missed. Until we meet again my friend...............................
    06/12/2018 02:09 pm
    Tina B lit a candle and writes,
    Chet was an absolutely wonderful person. He was one of a kind. I will never forget the day my son left for basic training in the military. I was so upset and remember the morning after he left I sat silent and tearful in my office. I looked up to see Chet standing there with his smiling face to offer me encouragement and to tell me that he and Yaritza were there if I ever needed anything. I will never forget that. Yaritza and Chet were a beautiful couple and it was evident how much they adored each other. He was also an excellent father and loved his daughters. I will miss his smiling face.
    06/12/2018 08:49 pm
    Tina B lit a candle and writes,
    Chet was an absolutely wonderful person. He was one of a kind. I will never forget the day my son left for basic training in the military. I was so upset and remember the morning after he left. I sat silent and tearful in my office. I looked up to see Chet standing there with his smiling face to offer me encouragement and to tell me that he and Yaritza were there if I ever needed anything. I will never forget that. Yaritza and Chet were a beautiful couple and it was evident how much they adored each other. He was also an excellent father and loved his daughters. I will miss his smiling face.
    06/12/2018 08:51 pm
    Petra Short lit a candle and writes,
    i'am so sad to hear about the passing from Chet. i loved working with him, and to this Day there is a smile on me just thinking of him. my love and prayers go out to you Yaritza and the whole Family !
    06/13/2018 09:16 am
    Scott Gallant writes,
    I am so sorry for your loss and I remember Chet from those wonderful days growing up, riding bikes, exploring and spotting owls in your barn. Please accept my most sincere condolences to you and your family. Sincerely, Scott Gallant from the China Neck Road.
    06/13/2018 02:24 pm
    Bree Pelczar lit a candle and writes,
    Kurt and family...I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    06/13/2018 07:01 pm
    Suzanne Henson lit a candle and writes,
    This was a beautiful memorial to a wonderful man. Praying for God to hold you all close during this heartbreaking time. I know you will meet him again one day but the times ahead will be tough. Please lean on your friends and family for support and comfort. Just as you love Chet, there are so many that love you too. God’s peace be with you.
    06/13/2018 07:34 pm
    Keri Collins-Mooney lit a candle and writes,
    Chet was a wonderful colleague and always kept the children at the front of his work. I will greatly miss his smile and kind, compassionate demeanor. I'm terribly saddened that I cannot lay my respects in person. I hope Yaritza and the girls get the love and support they need during this time.
    06/13/2018 08:57 pm
    David and Michelle Impagliazzo lit a candle and writes,
    Richard and Jan, Our hearts break hearing the passing of Chet. We will always cherish the memories when he worked with us at Liazzo's...loved his amazing smile! We pray for God's comfort for your family. We love you both dearly!
    06/14/2018 11:13 am
    Pam Panansewicz lit a candle and writes,
    So very sorry for your loss! I know that doesn’t mean much right now but know we are all here for you Yaritza!!! Blessings for love and healing for your family!! Chet will be truly missed what a wonderful soul!!!
    06/14/2018 11:27 pm
    Heriberto Soto jr lit a candle and writes,
    Cuanto lo siento Yaritza por la partida de tu esposo. Mi más sentido pésame y oraciones para ti y la familia. No sabes lo mucho q lo lamento. Sabes q te quiero un montón y si nesesitas algo aquí estamos para ti y la familia. Lo siento mucho. Q descanse en paz.
    06/15/2018 02:14 am
    Sarah Reyes writes,
    My condolences for the whole family especially Chesany, who inherited all the personality and talents of her father. Chesany your Seeds of Jesus Daycare family send you a big hug in this difficult moment. May God continue blessing you. Loves Mrs. Sarah
    06/15/2018 12:08 pm
    Mark & Lynne Chase writes,
    We are so saddened by your loss and sending our sincerest condolences to the entire Knotts family. Lynne and I both graduated high school with Chet and have such fond memories of him...an absolutely terrific and wonderful person whom will be dearly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    06/15/2018 12:23 pm
    Lisa Rajevich lit a candle and writes,
    Chat I enjoyed our early morning conversations at the Hotel DuPont while waiting on the pasteries. My heart goes out to your family. You will be missed.
    06/15/2018 07:41 pm
    Walter L. Haywood, Jr. writes,
    You will be missed, prayers go out to family and friends left behind. God bless.
    06/15/2018 11:39 pm

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