Richard Chapman

1943 - 2020

Key West, FL



Richard Otis Chapman passed away peacefully on November 17th, 2020 in Key

West, Florida. Richard was born in New Haven, Connecticut on March 19,

 1943 to the late Otis and Elinor Chapman. He grew up in Branford with his older siblings,

Janice and Alan. One of Dick’s most legendary feats was the day he decided to

row across Long Island Sound from his home in Branford, Connecticut. He arrived

that night on a beach in Long Island, New York and was taken in by a group of

people he met at a bonfire. The next day he rowed back to Branford, and his

mother thought he was missing because all she could see was an empty boat

drifting with the oars up in the air. It turns out he was so exhausted, he had

stretched out for a rest.

He enlisted in the Army in 1964. He later sailed from Connecticut to Key West

where he settled with his longtime partner Henri LaChapelle. Richard was

employed as a civilian plumber for the Navy before he retired. He loved Ham

Radios, warm weather and the ocean. Richard was a proud member of the


Richard is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and one

great-grandnephew. He was predeceased by his partner Henri, his parents, his

brother Alan, sister Janice Kirby, and nephew Stuart Chapman.

A private service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in lieu of

flowers to The Masons, Key West Lodge #64, P.O. Box 1248, Key West, Florida,

33045. Please include “in memory of Richard Chapman” on your donation check.

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