Robert "Bob" Chance, former professional baseball player and Charleston resident, has died after a long illness. He was 73.
Chance died Oct. 3 at Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Hospital following a long battle with prostate cancer, said his sister-in-law Nancy Jenkins, of Wilmington, Del.
He was married to her sister, Carrie "Cookie" Chance, of Charleston, who passed away April 26, 2005.
"I have known Bob since I was 17," Jenkins said. "If I was told to make a list and put the nicest person at the top, it would be Bob Chance. Most people have said 'I never met a person nicer.' He was just a great person."
His son, Tony Chance, of Sarasota, Fla., said his father was a quiet man and "a gentle giant."
He had a strong sense of family and loved the large gatherings where everyone would sit around tables to play cards and laugh.
His father was also a hard worker.