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Donald W. Chapman Sr., 89, lifelong resident of South Windsor, CT, died Thursday September 6, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Don was born in Hartford on March 25, 1929. He attended local schools and worked on the family farm before serving in the US Navy during World War II. Prior to retiring Don was a driver and Teamster for over 40 years with the former Eastern Trucking Company. As is not unusual for couples that have been together for most of their lives, he joined his wife who left before him on July 11th; only 57 days earlier almost to the minute. In preparation for his obituary, I was asked if he had interests or hobbies to list. Not really. He fished a little; he hunted a little; he worked hard ….but he had my mother. He didn't need more. She was his whole life and he absolutely adored her to the exclusion of all else. She was a teenager when they met. She was 84-1/2 when she died. Sadly, the end was filled with unimaginable tragedy that could have killed a much stronger man. In his case, after years of suffering the ravages of severe clinical heart disease, he had no chance of standing up to the grief that comes from a broken heart. ..but the sadness of realizing that he was denied the opportunity to say goodbye to her is overshadowed by the fact that they have been able to say hello again so quickly. That knowledge helps to ease my own grief a bit. Don Is survived by his daughter, Lynda Morhardt and her husband Jon, and his son, Donald Chapman Jr., his wife, Melanie, and their two daughters, Haley and Rebecca. He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn, and their youngest son, Kenneth, who was lost to a drunk driver in 1981. He was also predeceased by a large sibling family including Fred Jr., Bud, William, Lawrence, Mary, Ellen, Lena, Pauline, and Betty. Hopefully they will all have a huge reunion bash. My immeasurable gratitude to his niece, Rae Rae Slowick, William's daughter, her husband, Mitch, and my dad's sister-in-law, Lillian, Lawrence's wife, for their caring presence when he needed them the most. There will be a visiting time on Sunday, September 9th from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main Street, Manchester per his request. There will be a short Congregational service held at 4:30 for those that wish to attend. A private burial next to my mom will take place on Monday morning. Flowers are welcome. When they have served their purpose for my dad, they will be distributed to area nursing homes to bring a bit of cheer to some of the elderly residents. I think my dad would like that. To leave a message for the family please visit www.holmeswatkins.com.

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Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 8, 2018
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