Bill, age 82, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Haven, CT, Bill was a long time resident of Northwest Florida and resided in Niceville, FL.  Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nita Clements Chagares; two children, Christopher (Lorra) of Stockbridge, GA, and Cassaundra Chagares Rasmussem of Crestview, FL; sisters, Sandy Chagares Tashik of Shalimar, FL, and Connie Chagares of New Haven; brother Constantine "Gus" Chagares of Stratford, CT; grandsons Jeramy Rasmussen and Jamie Chagares of Shalimar and Petty Officer Alex Chagares of Virginia Beach, VA; numerous nieces and nephews. Bill is a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and USMC Reserve, retiring as a major.  He served in Japan during the Korean War and was a pilot instructor at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Bill is a retired Northwest Airlines (formerly Republic Airlines and Southern Airways) captain.  Interment was conducted Monday, October 13, 11:40 am in the Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola.  You may express condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at  In lieu of flowers, please make donation in Bill's memory to the charity of your choice.

Dedicated to Friends, Past and Present


William "Bill" Chagares
? 1932 - October 8, 2014