Born September 20, 1909. Passed away peacefully on April 28, 2002 in Torrance, California. Born in Marlborough, Connecticut, ''Grandpa'' worked 35 years for the state of Connecticut in the Highway Department and spent 5 years as the Chief of Police for the town of Marlborough. In 1971 ''Grandpa'' retired and moved to California with his wife Mildred. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, storytelling, and gardening. He will always remain a rare and unique character who will be loved and missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mildred, in 1980. Grandpa is survived by his sister Evelyn Miner, daughter Janet, her husband Herb, grandchildren Craig, his wife Cheryl, Diane, her husband Richard, great grandchildren, Allison, Justin, Johnathan, his wife Kara, and great, great grandson Jackson. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2002 at Green Hills Cemetery, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

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  1. When the going was tough Grandpa was always able to look at the lighter side of the circumstance in question and face it on his terms.I can remember days spent on the farm as a young boy and Grandpa teaching me how to fish and shoot guns. He took me out fishing in lakes and oceans and we caught what seemed at the time to be the biggest fish ever. Those days back east I will never forget. Grandpa could be the life of the neighborhood parties in Ca. and I can remember him missing porch steps and falling down flights of stairs with me in tow ever so gracefully. He always blamed me for tripping him although at the time our beverage consumption was really to blame. Thank you Grandpa for being you and for being such a good teacher. I love you and will always be thinking of you. You knew how to live and I pray that your in Gods hands now.

  2. Craig: Liz and I were deeply sorry to hear the news about your Grand-Father. Know how much He meant to you. “Memories give us hope and in life there are memories” Regards to You and the entire family! Love Ralph & Liz p.s. 24/7

  3. “Grandpa” was known as “Ducky” when he was a Nutmegger. Although he was probably a real softie, he showed a gruff exterior and could act grumpy (but it was only an “act”). His lifespan included humble beginnings in a rural community where heat and hot water (and indoor plumbing!) were considered \’luxuries\’. However, that was the common condition among his neighbors and no one thought it unusual. He and \’Millie\’ (his wife) moved to California to be near their only child, Janet “Sue” Chapman, and never returned to New England. Their former homestead, “Chapman Village”, is now home to families with differing names, but many old Marlboroughites still remember them with fondness.

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