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Francis Chapman

North Adams, Massachusetts

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Francis C. Chapman "Chip" 1924-2010 WILLIAMSTOWN Francis C. "Chip" Chapman, of 1147 North Hoosac Rd. Williamstown, died Sunday, August 15, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 86. He was born in Williamstown on January 27, 1924 a son of the late John Chapman and Mildred (Charron) Chapman. He attended schools in Williamstown and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1943. He was a decorated veteran of WWII serving as a Sergeant of the U.S. Army with the 46th Engineer Construction Battalion. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Most of his professional career was as a Quality Manager at General Cable in Williamstown; he worked at that plant from 1954 - 1986. He was also a 25 year member of the Gale Hose Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department and Williamstown American Legion. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Williamstown. Chip was an avid golfer at Waubeeka Golf Links and in his younger years, he coached youth sports. Chip will be lovingly and dearly missed by his wife of 34 years, Rita (Gallagher) Chapman whom he married in 1976. He will also be missed by stepchildren; John and Diane Stanton of Amherst, Mass., Susan Stanton of Williamstown, Mass., and Steven Stanton of Merritt Island, Fla.; step-grandchildren, Chris and Reena Stanton of Montgomery Village, Md., Jason and Ellyana Stanton of Sunderland, Mass., and Mike Stanton of Merritt Island, Fla. and one great grandchild, Ava Stanton of Montgomery Village, Md. Also dear to his heart are many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen (Guyette) Chapman, they married in 1949, and she died in 1974. He was also predeceased by one brother John Chapman and three sisters, Jane Rickert, Phyllis Chapman and Doris Jones. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours for Francis C. "Chip" Chapman will take place Friday, September 10, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at THE FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams. A memorial service will directly follow at the funeral home at 1 p.m. and burial, with Military Honors, will immediately follow in Southview Cemetery, North Adams, MA. Donations in his memory can be made to the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department through the funeral home, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA 01247.

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Keeping you all in my heart and prayers at this difficult time. Sorry I cannot be there with you today.

I don't really have the words other than to say the world has lost a great man and my heart and thoughts go out to Rita and all his family.

I did not know him but though the many conversation about him with Sue .I would often hear her say he is the best. Sorry to hear of your loss. marg sheldon