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Douglas Stanley Chapman

October 20, 1924

August 8, 2023

In loving memory of Douglas Chapman, who peacefully passed away in his 99th year on Tuesday, August 8th, 2023. Douglas was a remarkable individual, known for his brave service as a WWII Fighter pilot, his role as a devoted father, his passion for fishing, and his genuine friendship. He was the beloved husband of the late Gladys Gardiner, with whom he shared 42 beautiful years. Prior to his marriage to Gladys, he was married to Shirley Bishop. Douglas is survived by his dear brother Eric Chapman of Calgary, Alberta, with whom he had an unbreakable bond.

Douglas was a loving father and cherished by his children Sandra Lunn (Anthony), Barbara Mary Chapman (1957), Nancy Chapman (Dave Ladouceur), Joseph Kerr (Cheryl), David Kerr, Gordon Kerr (1956), Daniel Kerr, William Kerr (Kathy), John Kerr (Mary), and Linda Little. He was also loved by his numerous nieces, nephews, and 16 grandchildren. Unfortunately, Douglas had to endure the loss of two grandchildren, Christopher Lunn and Gord Kerr. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Chapman and Meta Steeves of Fredericton, N.B., as well as his siblings and their spouses: Bill (Yvonne), Ralph, Bob (Betty), Audrey Kitchen (Herb), and Gerry Kitchen (Ron).

Douglas had a zest for life and enjoyed various activities. He was a faithful member of the R.C.A.F and served as a Flight Lieutenant during WWII. Additionally, he was a member of Legion 594 and a longstanding friend of Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Douglas had a fulfilling career with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, dedicating 30 years of service. He had a deep appreciation for the outdoors and loved embarking on wilderness fishing trips in New Brunswick and northern Quebec. An expert fly fisherman, Douglas took pleasure in tying his own flies. He excelled in sports, particularly in curling, where he competed at the national level. Golfing and photography were also lifelong passions of his. Furthermore, Douglas adored animals and cherished the companionship of his dogs, including his beloved Jewel, and his dear pony named Laddie.

Known for his quick wit and genuine love for life, Douglas approached each day with gratitude and a positive attitude. To honor his memory, a memorial service will be held at Janisse Funeral Home (1139 Ouellette Ave) on Friday, August 18th, 2023, from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. The open mic session will take place at 4 pm, and a veteran service will be held between 7-9 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wings Wildlife. To share condolences and memories, please visit the online guest book.

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