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Merle (Dick) Richard Chapin

December 6, 1938 ~ September 12, 2020 (age 81)


Merle Richard (Dick) Chapin, 81 of Old County Road, passed away peacefully at his home on September 12, 2020. 

 Dick was born December 6, 1938 in Syracuse, NY, the only child of Richard and Marjorie (Maltby) Chapin.  He was raised in many places including New York, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Maine.  A 1957 graduate of North Berwick High School, he proudly served 20 years in the United States Air Force in many capacities, including as an airplane mechanic in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.  As a service member, he and his family lived all over the U.S., eventually returning to Maine.  After retiring from the military, Dick began his second career as an FDIC Bank Examiner which once again brought him all over the country.  Along the way, he earned a dual major B.A. in History and Business Administration.

 After retirement, Dick enjoyed beachfront life in Florida.  He loved to barbecue, canoe, fish, golf and also became an avid saltwater wildlife photographer.  Due to failing health, he returned home to Maine several years ago to be with his family.

 He was pre-deceased by his parents and great granddaughter, Finley J. Bartlett.  Surviving are his son Edward C. Chapin of North Berwick; 2 daughters, Marjorie R. Chapin of North Berwick and Kathleen J. Chapin and husband Wayne Berry of Kennebunk; grandchildren, David Jeans of Augusta, Laura MacVicar of Saco, Coleman Lapointe of Alexandria, VA, Bailey Bartlett of Wiscasset and William Berry of Austin, TX; 2 great grandchildren, Teagan Finley Bartlett and Trotman Rivers Bartlett and the mother of his children, Dorris (Cole) Emery of North Berwick.

 At this time, there will be no public services.  Memorial donations may be made to Another Chance Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 552, North Berwick, ME; Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk, ME; or to another compassionate animal shelter.  Arrangements entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, ME where condolences may be expressed at


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