Walter Hundley Chandler


Mr. Walter Hundley Chandler, 65, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at his home in Onancock. Born Feb. 12, 1957, in Onancock, he was the son of the late John Roland Chandler and the late Sue Hundley Chandler.
Following high school, Walt attended the University of Richmond, where he met Victoria “Vicky” Hilbush, the love of his life whom he later married and returned to the Shore. As an Eastern Shore native with roots tracing back to the 1630s, Walt was among many in his lineage who were drawn to the Chesapeake Bay and maritime interests, including boatbuilding. In a recent article by the Eastern Shore Post chronicling the building of Walt’s fifth wooden Chesapeake deadrise, he shared the story of his 43-year career as a master carpenter and woodworker but followed up by simply saying, “Boats are my love.” He loved his family, was passionate in crafting wood with his talented hands, and loved being on the water and the serenity that provided.
Walt is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 40 years, Victoria H. “Vicky” Chandler; their children, Amanda C. Zarlenga (Zachary), of Chantilly, Va., and Seth H. Chandler (Melanie), of Willis Wharf; brother, John R. “Chip” Chandler Jr. (Nancy), of Onancock; sister-in-law, Kathryn L. Hilbush, of Springfield, Pa.; grandchildren, Lucas, Harper, and Jacob Zarlenga, and William, Beau, and Deacon Chandler; and niece and nephews, Lyndsay Chandler-Fausz, John R. Chandler III, Matt McGlaughlin, and their families.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, at 1 p.m., from the graveside at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Walt’s memory to the Deltaville Maritime Museum/Boat Shop, P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.
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Arrangements are by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
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