Peter James Chapin, 46 A resident of Newtown Square, PA Peter James Chapin, 46, passed away surrounded by the love of family and friends on March 18, 2012 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. A resident of Newtown Square for the last 12 years, Pete was born and raised in Media, PA. He was a 1984 graduate of Penncrest High School and attended Kutztown University.Pete and his wife Eileen are the owners of PJ's Sports Bar in Aston, PA. Pete loved the outdoors the beach and barbecuing. Peter Chapin entered the Marine Corps shortly after high school in 1984. He attended Basic Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. Following, Peter attended the School of Infantry at Camp Lejuene, NC, where he was awarded the military occupational specialty (MOS) of 0331 machine gunner.His first duty station was security forces at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After serving there for over a year, Peter transferred to the Third Marine Division in Okinawa Japan where he was deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit where he served in various countries in the far east and South Pacific such as Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand and Marine Corps Base, Subic Bay, Philippines.Peter's final tour was in Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Center, 29 Palms, CA where he served with the 7th Marines. Peter's final rank was a Corporal and he filled the billet of Machine-gun squad leader for Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. After leaving the Marine Corps, Peter continued to hold the Marine Corps close to his heart and proudly displayed his espirit de corps in his actions towards others with a warm smile and genuine sense of brotherhood.Survivors: Wife Eileen Miller Chapin; daughter Brooke Olivia Chapin; mother Kathleen Shockley Chapin; in-laws Mary Ann and Charlie Miller; brother Michael Chapin; sister Jodi Chapin Williams (J.J.); sisters-in-law Melissa Ihlenfeld (Drew) and Megan Miller; nephews Sean, Will, Jase and Trey. Viewing will be held on Wednesday evening 6 to 8 PM at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2220 S. Sproul Rd., Broomall, PA 19008 and Thursday after 9 AM. Services will begin at 10: AM at St. Mark's.Burial will follow at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Broomall, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to c/o TD Bank, Peter Chapin Fund (in support of Brooke Olivia), 2014 Sproul Rd., Broomall, PA 19008. Online condolences: www.jpdfh.com
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Published in The Daily Times on March 20, 2012