September 19, 1965 – December 14, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Bob. He passed away surrounded by his family on December 14th, 2022 after a short battle with cancer.
Bob was born September 19th, 1965 to parents Marilyn and Daniel and enjoyed his childhood in Coquitlam alongside his sister, Brenda.
From a young age, Bob loved sports and competition. Throughout his life, he enjoyed many such hobbies, including badminton, tennis, skiing, hockey, golf, games and cards. His drive and passion propelled him to obtain his teaching degree from the University of Victoria in 1992 and he began teaching that year. He found his true calling in school administration, starting in 1998. He went on to work at many of the schools in SD51 over the next 23 years, though you would rarely find him in his office – he much preferred to be out on the playground playing with the kids.
He touched so many in the community through his devotion to his work and the time he dedicated to coaching sports at all levels and ages. He was a natural leader who always knew how to make people feel special and foster genuine connections.
Bob had an incredible passion for life. He loved to enjoy himself through travel, cooking, camping, boating, golfing and enjoying a good beer in the company of his family and friends. He was always quick to offer a joke and a smile and he had an approachability and warmth that endeared him to so many of his students, parents and friends over the years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa, his children Riley (Levi), Megan (Ethan), Devin (Erin), Brenden (Kendall) and Alisha (Nick) and his grandchildren, Presley and Jasper. He is also survived by his sisters, Brenda (Andy), Sheryl (Frank) and Donna (Clyde) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
We invite you to join us in celebrating Bob’s life and memory on January 14th, 2023 in the gymnasium of Dr. D. A. Perley Elementary School, 7286 13th St., Grand Forks at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, we would like to invite you to donate to the Bob Chapman Memorial Scholarship fund. In his memory, his family is setting up this scholarship to help deserving youth pursue post-secondary education. Donations can be made via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the Grand Forks Credit Union.
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