Chuck Schonder: An ocean guy in love with the Inland Bays

Retired teacher Chuck Schonder, now an Ocean View resident, was the last one out of the water as a child, and not much has changed all these years later, he said.

OCEAN VIEW — Just about the time when the last school bell would be ringing, retired teacher Chuck Schonder makes his way to Delaware Seashore State Park.

The crowds are thinning, and there’s something special about the late afternoon sun that brings the 73-year-old Ocean View resident to the shoreline.

“It’s therapeutic,” he said. “I’ve always been an ocean guy.”

As a child growing up outside of Philadelphia, he would travel with his family to Long Beach Island in New Jersey, where he would be the last one out of the water. Not much has changed decades later, Schonder said.

When he retired from 26 years of teaching middle school math in northern Virginia, it was a natural move for Schonder to settle down with his significant other, Frances Hart, in southern Delaware. His light, beachy tan, contrasting against his wise-looking hair, shows that he’s making the most of his new home.

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