Clifford Edward Chapman, 79, of Hanover, Pa., died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Gettysburg Center - Genesis Health Care due to cancer.
Born May 4, 1934, he was raised in Washington, D.C., as an only child of the late Thelma Mae Moore and stepson of the late Dr. Joseph Raymond Moore. He was married to Lucille Weaver Chapman for 58 years.
He loved playing baseball from a young age and worked as a bat boy in the visitor's clubhouse for the Washington Senators, where he met many legendary players, including Yogi Berra and Joe DiMaggio.
He joined the Navy in 1951 receiving extensive medical training as a hospital corpsman and specialized in optics. In 1971, he retired from the Navy and began his second career working in optics. In 1973, he joined Bowers & Snyder Guild Opticians of Towson working for 24 years. During his optical career he received the Optician of the Year and The Distinguished Optician awards for the state of Maryland. He served on the board of the Opticians Association of Maryland as treasurer and vice president and established the annual Opticians Convention, Multi Visions, for continuing education.
He loved gardening and growing roses. He enjoyed golf and started a senior league at The Bridges with the Annual Chapee Cup Tournament. He excelled as a bowler and was invited to compete in the senior state tournament in Harrisburg.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Debra and Steve Rowland, of Towson, Joseph Chapman, of Hampstead, Clifford and Evangeline Chapman II, of Chesapeake, Va., Laura Chapman and Scott Breshears, of Gig Harbor, Wa., and Daniel and Stephanie Chapman, of Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii; and grandchildren Amanda and Justin Short, Stewart Rowland, Karissa Chapman and Jaydon Chapman.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Homewood Chapel at Plum Creek. Inurnment will be in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Homewood at Plum Creek Benevolence Fund, 425 Westminster Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331.
Online condolences may be offered at www.panebakerfuneralhome.com
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