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Harold John Chapman
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Birth: Jul. 10, 1932
Death: Nov. 23, 2012

CHAPMAN, Harold 1932 - 2012 Harold died on November 23, 2012 at Hospice Wellington. He was 80 years old. Harold was an astute businessman, a principled politician, a believer in the importance of community and a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and friend. An inveterate entrepreneur, he founded Park Avenue Wear Ltd., Wooltex Inc., Chapman Sewing Centre and Vanastra Factory Outlet. In retirement, he purchased Touch of Class and Emerald Limousine. Harold was a member of Kitchener City Council from 1962 to 1976 and the Region of Waterloo Council from 1972 to 1976. He was extremely active in serving our community, having been involved in Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and Confederation Club. He served as President of all four organizations. He received a Senatorship from Canada Jaycees and was a Paul Harris Fellow, awarded by Rotary International, for chairing the building committee of Anselma House in 1988. He was also the initial chairman of The Centre in the Square project and chaired the Kitchener Planning Board and the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Commission. Most recently, he was a member of Citizens for Better Government Committee. He was also a charter member of Kitchener Conestoga Probus Club and member of Westmount Golf and Country Club. He cherished the free time spent with his family on camping trips, boat trips and road trips. Harold and Gloria travelled the world over in search of adventure, knowledge and experience of life in distant places. He truly lived a full life. Beloved husband to Gloria (Chapman) for 58 years. Dear father of Randy and his wife Becky Turner Chapman of Fairway, Kansas, Debbie Chapman and her husband Peter Eglin of Kitchener, Cheri McCuaig and her partner Stuart Monteith of Toronto, Sandy and her husband D'Arcy Delamere of Waterloo, Chris of Vancouver and Dwayne and his partner Kelly Hilton of Toronto. He will be lovingly remembered by his twelve grandchildren: Kelly and husband Dan, Amy, Eric, Cytlalli, Tania, Jaime, Madison, Blair, Teddy, Ben, Ryleigh and Cassidy and one great-grandson Damien. Harold will also be remembered by Donna Houteman, Rolando Ruiz-Cepeda, Andrew Stoddart and Kim Chapman. He was predeceased by his parents, Florence (Bennett) and C. John Chapman and son-in-law Warren McCuaig. You are invited to visit with Harold's family at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home , 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Wednesday, November 28 at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Harold's life will be held at The Studio, Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener, ON on Friday, November 30th, starting at 2 p.m., followed by refreshments and a time to visit with his family. A private family committal service will be held at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener. Condolences for the family and donations to the Harold & Gloria Chapman Family Fund at the KW Community Foundation or Hospice Wellington would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and can be arranged through the funeral home, www.erbgood.com or 519.745.8445. "We live in deeds not years. In thoughts, not breaths." James Bailey



WATERLOO REGION RECORD ONLINE, November 26, 2012

Former Kitchener Coun. Harold Chapman remembered

WATERLOO REGION Well-known local businessperson and former politician Harold Chapman passed away Friday at Hospice Wellington at the age of 80.
He's being remembered by local politicians as a dependable public servant whose contribution to the community will not be forgotten.
Chapman served on Region of Waterloo council from 1972 to 1976.
Coun. Claudette Millar remembered Chapman as a man to be counted on.
"He was very dependable," she said. "He was steady and, unlike some of us, was terribly rational at all times.
"He cared a lot. I have to imagine he treated his constituents well."
A well-known entrepreneur, Chapman founded Park Avenue Wear Ltd, Wooltex Inc., Chapman Sewing Centre and Vanastra Factory Outlet. In retirement, he purchased Touch of Class and Emerald Limousine.
Regional council wasn't his first foray into politics.
Chapman served on City of Kitchener council from 1962 to 1976.
Mayor Carl Zehr said Chapman was part of a group of employees and politicians that met often to stay in touch.
"They nicknamed themselves the senators," Zehr said. "I appreciated what he contributed to the community."
His lifetime involvement in the community was impressive.
Chapman was president of the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and Confederation Club.
He was a Paul Harris Fellow, awarded by Rotary International for chairing the building committee of Anselma House in 1988.
He chaired the Kitchener Planning Board and Memorial Auditorium Commission and was involved with the citizens for better government committee.
According to an obituary published Saturday, Chapman enjoyed free time with his family, camping and embarking on road and boat trips.
Married to Gloria for 58 years, the two travelled the world together.
Chapman is survived by his wife Gloria, six children, 12 grandchildren, great grandson and many friends.
A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Erb and Good Funeral Home, 171 King St. S.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday at The Studio, Centre in the Square, starting at 2 p.m.

pdesmond@therecord.com

 
 
Burial:
Williamsburg Cemetery
Kitchener
Waterloo Regional Municipality
Ontario, Canada
 
Created by: Allan Dettweiler
Record added: Nov 24, 2012
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Harold John Chapman
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Harold John Chapman
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