James A. Chapman, Jr., 78 of Bypass Road passed away peacefully July 10, 2020 at his home after a long illness.
He was born January 21, 1942 in Orangeburg, SC, the son of James and Cora (McMichael) Chapman. Jim graduated from Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, SC before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam era. While enlisted, Jim trained to become an electrician. Upon his release, he worked for several contractors before starting his own company, J. A. Chapman and Sons Electrical Contractors in Wakefield, MA. In 2007, Jim moved to Maine, continuing his electrical career.
Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid gardener. He would start his plants from seed over the winter months then sharing them with his neighbors. He was unbelievably smart and patented his own invention of the “Chapman Bracket”. He loved music and played the trumpet in high school and in the Navy Band. He is remembered as being a very outgoing person.
He loved to brag about his 10 children. In their youth, he was active in their lives; starting a Biddy Basketball league, was a little league coach and President of the Pop Warner football league. In their adult lives, he was honored to help them in their endeavors, whatever they may be. Family was a huge part of his life.
He is survived by his companion of 30 years to whom he has been married to for the last 10, M. Joyce (Byrne) Chapman; his 10 children, Dan (Susan) Chapman of Bridgewater, MA, Joe (Heather) Chapman of Newburyport, MA, Tom (Cassandra) Chapman of Freemont, NH, Jim (Jen) Chapman of Epping, NH, Shaun Chapman of Lynnfield, MA, Justin (Lexie) Chapman of Bolton, MA, Michael Chapman of Wakefield, MA, Ruthann (John) Santangelo of Middleton, MA, Debra (Michael) Aalto of No. Reading, MA and Marybeth Mola of Andover, MA. He is also survived by his brother, Charles (Catherine) Chapman of Bonneau, SC as well as 20 grandchildren. He has a niece Laura Chapman and nephew John Chapman.
A graveside memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1PM with military honors at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road, Springvale, ME. Friends who wish may contribute in his memory to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick, ME. Condolences may be expressed at www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com
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