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March 21, 2014
I feel Coach was a mentor to so many, and always enjoyed him coming to our reunions, and the picnic reunions. I know he also enjoyed them. You will be missed by many and I know if there is a heaven that's where you are, along with Tom Bullock, another good swimmer.

God bless you Coach,
March 16, 2014
Message below(dated March 16th) from Lin Nelson, Diving Coach, Laney College. I now live at Lake Tahoe. I was blessed to have time with Paul in Windsor, before his move to Walnut Creek.
March 16, 2014
To my colleague, mentor, and dear friend, Paul: thank you for enriching my life, for providing much love and laughter -- you will always be part of it.
March 14, 2014
Shep, You were more than a coach, you were a Father figure to many of us, if it wasn't for you a lot of us were headed to Jail if not worst. Me included. I will always be thankful. You may be gone, But never forgotten
Paul Hamilton "57"
March 14, 2014
I well always have great memories. I ehink that one I will always remember, the summer that I lifeguard for as a volunteer. We had some great conversation, and a 6-pack in the fridge. All I can say is that I am glad no one went under. Great Summer, it is sad that there will be no more
March 14, 2014
Thank you "Shep". I will always be grateful for the guidance and friendship you had with me. I will never forget you...your legacy will live on.
March 14, 2014
You are loved and will be missed RIP

Please like, share and share memories & photos of Shep on his Facebook Tribute Page, thank you
March 14, 2014
Paul 'Shep' Chappelle died this morning (5 March 2014 - 6.00 am PST). . .he was a much loved swimming coach from Laney College, Oakland City College, Castlemont High School and Indiana University.
He was the first coach in the California Community College System to allow a woman on the men's swimming and diving team (there was no women's team). I am proud to say that was me. I dove 1M, 3M and swam the 200 butterfly. Why would I swim the 200 fly you ask? Because Shep asked me too (none of the guys would swim it). He had to fight every day with his AD and the other coaches in the Golden Gate Conference to keep me on the team (Title IX had passed in April of 1972 and my first season with Laney College Men's Swimming & Diving Team was Winter/Spring 1973).

He encouraged me to become a coach and Physical Education Instructor. He helped me get my first college and high school coaching/teaching jobs (Laney College, Oakland High School and De Anza College). He gave me the opportunity to go to a US Swimming Coaching Convention in Las Vegas in early 80's.

On one of my visits back to Oakland, Erik Toliver took me to see Shep. We did not call because we wanted to surprise him. When we got to the gates of Rossmore, the guard asked who we were and Erik told him that we were his son & daughter. The guard did a double take (if you know Erik & I then you know why the guard did the double take) and called Shep. Of course Shep said yes they are my kids and we were let in. I am so glad I made that visit. He talked of ‘old' times, of what he was up too now and wanted to know what we were up too. I wish I could've have visited more often, but it is kind of hard since I now live in Australia. I did surprise him with a phone call from Perth a couple of years ago.

In the 40+ years that I knew him, Shep supported me as a coach, as a mentor, as a boss and most important of all as a friend, as he did with so many of his student/athletics.
From the bottom of my heart, Shep I love you. You changed my life and will be sorely missed, not just by me but by many.

Rest In Peace
~ Nanci (Patterson) Taylor ~

There is a Facebook Tribute page for Shep. . .please like, share and share your memories & photos there, thank you

Below is from the Castlemont High School Sports Hall of Frame

Paul Chappelle is the 2010 Inductee into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Castlemont's 1950's Swimming, Wrestling and JV football coach, consistently producing OAL Championship teams. Chap was doing in wrestling, swimming and JV football what Stu Carter was doing in football. One impression I had was that Chap's teams always had great spirit. Rick Madrid, one of Coach Chappelle's wrestlers said, “At that time in high school wrestling, some coaches taught a wrestler to get ahead on points and stall. Not Chap. You either went all out all the time or rode the pine.”.
Coach Chappelle had a full time job at the University of Indiana and left it to become a Castlemont coach in 1950. His swimming teams were a dynasty.
In the early 1950's, Fremont was the power in wrestling. It was two years before we beat Fremont, but once we beat them, we became the power, winning year after year.
Castlemont's football teams were always good. Coach Chappelle was proud that his JV teams won more games than the Varsity.
Coach Chappelle is 90 years old and we'll give him is plaque at a private ceremony.
March 14, 2014
We knew him as Chappie and did we have fun growing up in SLZ. Your dad could always take the party up a notch. Your folks were always great friends to my folks.
March 14, 2014
Shep's mentorship and coaching of me as a young swimmer continues to influence me now, decades later. He taught me the importance and value of community and friendship in creating a swimming family among all the swimmers. This was clearly evidenced by the warmth we all shared for Coach and each other when we celebrated his birthdays in Walnut Creek. He taught me that doing my very best and improving my personal time *was* success - even when I didn't win. This lesson has proved invaluable in my work as a community organizer. He taught me the importance of maintaining a sense of humor while working hard - especially while working with a group of diverse people. This lesson helped make challenging work situations easier and helped me to learn how to work with groups. There are so many lessons he taught me...and so much laughter alongside them. I am deeply grateful for each and every one of them...and most especially for the gift of his friendship.
March 14, 2014
Shep was more than just my swimming coach, he was a good friend and mentor. I will miss him so much. Love you Shep!
March 13, 2014
I will cherish the memories of coach "Shep" forever.
March 13, 2014
I had a wonderful experiences on the Diving & wrestling teams you were a very good coach.
March 13, 2014
RIP Coach Chapelle
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