Dooky Chase Foundation

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Chase Family official statement regarding the death of Edgar Lawrence "Dooky" Chase, Jr. on Tuesday afternoon November 22, 2016; husband of Leah Chase for over seventy years and owner of Dooky Chase's Restaurant.

"Though we are heartbroken to share the news that Edgar "Dooky" Chase, Jr. has passed away. We greatly appreciate the outpouring of love and the many expressions of sympathy and prayers that we have received.

Dooky, Jr was our loving husband, father, Grand D, brother-in-law and friend. He was a strong, selfless, and faith-filled patriarch. He was a jazz musician, an infallible advocate for civil equality and inclusion, a proud entrepreneur and unwavering believer in the Spirit of New Orleans and the good will of people.

While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his remarkable life and will forever cherish the life lessons he taught us. He will be truly missed by our family, friends, staff and fellow restauranteurs and musicians.

We are extremely grateful and will always remember the prayers and thoughtfulness shown to us."


The Chase Family

Funeral Information:

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to:

D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home
3933 Washington Ave.
NOLA 70125

Public visitation has been scheduled for Sunday, November 27th 3:00 - 5pm. followed by a prayer service 5:00 - 6pm at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church - 1923 St. Philip NOLA 70116

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 28th 1:00pm; Visitation will begin at 11:30am- 1:00pm - St. Peter Claver Catholic Church - 1923 St. Philip NOLA 70116

Internment - St. Louis 3 Cemetery - 3421 Esplanade Avenue NOLA

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Edgar "Dooky" Jr and Leah Chase Family Foundation - P.O. Box 791313 New Orleans, LA 70179

2014 grants

The Edgar "Dooky" Jr. and Leah Chase family Foundation seeks to cultivate and support organizations that engage in activities that support cultural arts, education, culinary arts, and social justice.

Beneficiaries of the Dooky Chase Foundation Grant


2015 Beneficiaries 

A’s & Aces
Besh Foundation
Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp
MidCity Ministry
New Orleans Council on Aging
STAIR – Start Adventures in Reading


2014 Beneficiaries 

Volunteers of America
Edible Schoolyard
Cypress Academy
Xavier University of Louisiana
Dillard University
Providence Community Housing
Odyssey House
Mid-City Ministries
Community Works of Louisiana


2013 Beneficiaries 

Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans - Mentoring Children of Promise

Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR)

St. Peter Claver Catholic Church - St. Edmund's Social Concern and Community Concert for Black History Month

Chef John Folse's Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University

Grow Dat Youth Farm (Tulane University)

Uptown Jazz Orchestra

St. Katherine Drexel Prepatory School

The Beautiful Foundation, Inc.

Silverback Society, Inc.

The Musical Arts Society

Dillard University

Dooky Chase Foundation