Headstone for Baltimore’s own Norman “Chubby” Chaney Unveiled Saturday

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This past spring a group of Little Rascals fans made an effort to raise funds for a headstone for Norman Chaney, the Baltimore native whose short-lived but celebrated career as Chubby of the Our Gang comedies ended 81 years ago, and who died of the glandular disorder that gave him his prodigious weight five years later at the age of 21.

They fell short of their initial funding goal, but thanks to the generosity of a Bel Air woman and a deal secured through Baltimore’s Hubbard Funeral Home, they were able to purchase a black granite headstone with an etched likeness not only for Chaney, but for his mother as well.

The new headstones were unveiled on Saturday at a low-key ceremony attended by a handful of fans. Chaney and his mother are buried in Baltimore Cemetery at 2500 E North Ave.



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