The funeral for Mr. Richard K. Chapman, age 66, of Breezy Pines Road, who died Wednesday at his residence, will be at 2pm on SUNDAY, Feb. 5th, with Reverend Earl Lalone Pastor officiating at the Clayton United Methodist Church. Calling hours will be 4-7pm, FRIDAY, Feb. 3rd, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.
Dick was born December 5th, 1950, in Sharon, Conn., the son of Stuart and Julia Culver Chapman. He graduated from Reinbeck Central School and also Robert Wesleyan College.
On July 4th, 1970, he married the former Susan Lyman in Reinbeck, N.Y.
He was a teacher at Alexandria Bay School, where he taught various grades for 39 years, retiring in 2012.
Dick was a member of the Clayton Rotary Club, the Clayton United Methodist Church, and assisted his wife in story hour at Hawn Memorial Library.
He enjoyed golf, boating, basketball, various other sports, carpentry, and doing home repairs. Dick was a sports fan of the Syracuse Orangemen, NY Yankees, and the New England Patriots.
Surviving besides his wife Sue are four sons, Richard J. (Angela) of Watertown, James (Pamela) of Oxford; Christopher and Thomas, both of Watertown; two daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Herget of Cape Vincent, and Kimbrie (Zachary) Cullen of Redwood; two grand children; one sister, Pamela (Roger) Hoffmann of Reinbeck; nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made in his name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 254, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.
Had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Chapman while my son was in alexandria central and again at caprara’s in the bay for a service customer. Always cheerful and loved bringing his grandchild with him.My deepest condolences to all of you.
Dear Sue & family,
Our hearts are heavy with the news of Rich’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. God Bless, Pastor Don & Sheila
Dear Chapman Family:
Please accept our sincerest sympathies.
Mr. Chapman, as my children and I knew him, was a wonderful teacher. He inspired all of us to do better.
We are so sorry for your loss.
The Bendle Family
Dear Chapman Family: We were so sad to hear about the passing of MR. Chapman. Our daughter had him for a third grade teacher at Alexandria Central and she absolutely loved him. He was so kind and good with the kids. And he was a joy to speak with during Parent Teacher Conferences. He is gonna be sadly missed by many. He in our opinion was one of the best teachers ACS ever had. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in your time of sorrow. We are so very sorry for loss.
The Fowler Family
To the Chapman Family,
I completely agree with everything. Ms Fowler has said.. My daughter was in Mr. Chapmans’ third grade class as well. We are so sorry for your loss. He will be profoundly missed by so very many.
Rikki Szynkowsk i
I had Mr Chapman as my third grade teacher. He was a great teacher and always saw the potential I could have as a student even thought I couldn’t see it…even after all these years Everytime he saw me he would ask how I was doing. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him..thoughts and prayers to his family
My condolence to the family. I enjoyed working with Dick at ACS He was a great and careing teacher to the students. So sorry
Ann and Chris Easter
Prayers and thoughts of comfort and strength to you all. So sorry for your loss.
Dear Chapman Family- I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Chapman’s passing. Throughout the years, he was very kind and welcoming during my many visits to the Chapman home. I pray that warm memories of your father and husband will help carry you through this very difficult time.
John and I were so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. We will remember him as a devoted husband and father, and a kind neighbor.
Tracey Adams Hallsworth
Part of the reason I became a teacher was simply because I had so many great examples. Mr.Chapman was one of them. As a fifth grader I read anything and everything. He personally saw to it that I could go upstairs to the “big kids’ ” library. This opened a whole new world to me. I’ve never forgotten that- not personally or professionally. Teachers like Mr. C are never forgotten.
Laura Hanni Dosser
Dear Chapman Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Chapman was my 4th and 5th grade teacher. I can remember the day I learned that he would be taking me to 5th grade with him. I was so happy because I absolutely thought he hung the moon. He was funny and kind and I loved every minute that I got to spend with him. Heaven gained a very special angel. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Miss Sue. Rich always had a kind word at storytime. He will be missed and thought of with a smile. Andie and I send you hugs. Wendi Ward
Casey Denicola (Wilms)
To Mr. Chapman & Family,
Mr. Chapman was my 4th grade teacher and one of my very favorites. He went well above his teaching to talk to me about some hard things my family was going through. He always listened and if I made him promise not to tell anyone what we talked about, he kept his promise. So for me, and I’m sure many other students, he was more than a teacher. He was also a great listener, counselor, and always had the right words to say of you were upset or make u laugh to help you feel better. He was one of the bests at ACS and truly will be missed. R.I.P. Mr. Chapman. Prayers to all the family. ❤️
Marc and Karen Davis
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mr C was a super teacher whom both our sons had at Alexandria Central. He was known for his quality of teaching, compassion for students, and love for teaching. He could always be seen in front of the school in the afternoon as students boarded their buses. He always gave 110%…a rare quality.
Maggie and Dick
Breaks my heart to lose such a wonderful teacher and role model for so many children.Rest in peace Rich,you will be missed.love and prayers to Sue and the rest of the family
Miss Sue, I couldn’t believe it when the boys told me about Rich passing. The saying only the good die young couldn’t be more true. So glad I knew him and you. If there is anything you need please call. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.