Charles "Chuck" Petitt, 91, husband of Hazel L. Petitt, died Nov. 18 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 31, 1921, to Eleanor and Charles Petitt. He served in the Army during World War II.

With a passion for cooking, Mr. Petitt apprenticed under Primo Montagary at the Stonehenge Restaurant in Ridgefield. In 1951, he became the head chef of Stonehenge and cooked for celebrities and Sen. John Kennedy.

He helped open the Henge Restaurant in St. Croix, USVI, where he met his wife.

Settling down, Mr. Petitt opened a restaurant, the Iron Kettle Restaurant, in New Milford in 1971.

In 1984, the couple retired from the Iron Kettle Restaurant, now known as Adrienne's.

He loved to garden, tinker around the house, play cards and go fishing.

Mr. Petitt was a charter member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brookfield.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Petitt is survived by a son, Charles R. Petitt, and his wife, Lorraine, of Brookfield; a daughter, Wendy Martel-Scalzo, and her husband, Jonathon, of Woodbury; four grandchildren, Sheila Petitt, and her partner, Tony Cerasoli, of Wolcott; Kristopher Petitt, and his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Michael; Justin Martel, of New Milford, and Keena Martel, of Washington. He was predeceased by two brothers, Phillip and Paul.

A memorial service will take place at Prince of Peace at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Spartanberg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanberg S.C. 29303.