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CHAPMAN, Gordon Harold

July 6, 1929 -Winnipeg, Manitoba
January 3, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Gordon Chapman of Calgary, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the age of 89 years.

Our world has lost a very important person in many people’s lives and we are going to miss the special memoires he brought to all of us.

Gordon had a very dedicated and meaningful career at the Calgary Board of Education as an assistant principal for nearly three decades, influencing and guiding the path of hundreds of Calgary’s students on to their futures.

He had an amazing love and knowledge of the outdoors and everything active. Gordon made lifelong friendships through his membership with the Easy Riders Cycle and Senior Outdoor Hiking clubs. One for winter pursuits, Gordon could be found out in the mountains enjoying downhill and cross-country skiing. Just in case that wasn’t enough, he would supplement all that activity with badminton just to keep himself active, but truly it was the people he enjoyed. With a sense of endless curiosity and adventure he travelled all around the world. The journeys spread throughout Europe and the Caribbean with many elder hostels and bike trips, which led to creating lifelong connections around the world.

Gordon will always be remembered for his outgoing and adventurous spirit, and his capacity for being an unfailing friend and steadfast rock for his family. His sense of humour had left many of us groaning and full of smiles.

Gordon is survived by his daughter Colleen Guillemaud (Ted Guillemaud); son Kevin Chapman; grandsons, Mitchell Irvine and Jesse Irvine (Jordan McKenzie); brother Ray Chapman; sisters, Joan Hopgood and Lois Hayhurst. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.

Gordon was predeceased by wife his loving wife Helen Chapman and brother Tucker Chapman.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 11 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at Southwood Intercare especially Liway.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB, T3C 1M6, on line at www.salvationarmy.ca, or by phone 403-410-1112

In living memory of Gordon Chapman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Laurie Alston :

    Kevin and family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you. We hope the good memories will help you through this difficult time.
    Love Laurie and Mark Alston

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  2. katherine seal :

    To Kevin, Colleen, Jessie, Mitchell and Family,
    My condolences to you all! I know he will be missed as I will miss him! What a tremendous all round man! Wow! He knew how to live his life the way he wanted right to the end. If we could live as he did, with grace, kindness, adventure and the courage to continue to learn.
    I will always appreciate his ability to reach out and connect with me as he made his way through Salmon Arm, or through email when in the hospital or by phone. He always took the time to make family important as we all should. I will always remember that. All my love.
    Katherine, Mike, Naomi and Carlton

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  3. Carol and James Farquharson :

    Words like kind,caring,intelligent seem to be inadequate for describing the demeanour that Gordon always displayed. And yes he was always so good at staying in touch with us even when we seemed to be too busy to reciprocate. However his phone calls were always appreciated.
    On our visits with him he was always entertaining us with his travel stories. He lived life simply but with such vitality and always interested in those around him,how they were doing and what they were doing. Family was especially important to him. From all accounts he was a wonderful person.He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
    Our heartfelt sympathies to Kevin,Colleen,Mitchell,Jessie and all those who loved him or called him a friend.

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  4. Catherine devrye :

    A lovely man who will be missed by his cycling friends (and others) around the world.

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  5. Doug Mcculloch :

    Sarah and I met Gord on our bikes and he on his. We toured together in England and enjoyed his presentation of Chapmans ice cream to events. His kindness and thoughtfulness was ever-present. He will likely be the only 80+ year old I ever will meet to ride on his aero bars. We share your loss and will treasure his memory.

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  6. James VanBenthem :

    It was always a pleasure sharing a bike ride and conversation with Gord. You will be missed and remembered.

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  7. Rafael Barredo :

    Condolence to the Family. I myself considered Gord my big brother and my mentor. I met him in 1998 summer and we rode together in 1999 and 2000 Golden Triangle. His kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered.
    I will missed him for sure. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

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  8. Will miss Gords personality and open friendliness. Cycled with Gord in Elbow Valley Cycling club some years ago.

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  9. Peter LaGrandeur :

    My condolences to Gord’s family and friends. Gord was a great friend that I knew from the Elbow Valley Cycle Club. His ready smile and zest for life was always an inspiration to all around him. Gord will be missed.

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  10. Gord was always such an inspiration to me and everyone who knew him. He had a youthful and joyful approach to living life to the fullest. At 20 (he was 60) he inspired & encouraged me to love climbing steep hills with laughter and savouring the view; this holds strong to this day. Gord personified the saying ‘age is a state of mind. ‘ Having taken dozens of cycling trips with him: The Maritimes, Glacier National Park, Golden & Silver triangles, Mabel Lakes Circuit… his vibrant spirit, wise counsel, & and joy of connecting with people always radiated. His spirit lives on, especially throughout the parks and regions he loved exploring and adventuring and in the hearts of all who had the true privilege of knowing him.

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  11. Dear Kevin & family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time of loss.

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  12. I knew Gordon as an avid cyclist, happily retired, a friendly, even tempered gentleman, always ready and willing to assist anyone. It has been a pleasure to cross cycle paths with “Gordo”, while trying a little Spanish on each other.
    Marc

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  13. Donna Chapman :

    Uncle Gord will be truly missed by all. I will miss his visits to Kelowna, his wonderful nature, and of course his corny jokes!
    He was an a amazing person and will stay in my heart forever.

    Thinking of you all at this time and sending my love.
    Donna.

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  14. I never forget Gordon, he always were a good friend, and helpful and taking his time. He was a calm and strong cyclist and his style was unique. my sincere condolences,, to the family and we all will missing him.

    Mehran

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  15. Kevin and Family: My heart goes out to you at this very sad time. Gordon sounds like he was a truly amazing person.

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  16. Gordon will be remembered for his genial companionship and gentle humour over many years on skiing and hiking trails, canoe and kayak expeditions and in more recent years our almost monthly lunches. A dear and undemanding friend. My heartfelt sympathy to all the family.

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  17. Barbara Schmidt :

    We were so sorry to read of Mr. Chapman’s passing. My husband and I met Mr. Chapman when he was a patient in my Dad’s optometric practice, and then when my Dad retired, Mr. Chapman became one of my husband’s patients. Eventually our two children attended Banff Trail Elementary, where we came to know Mr. Chapman in a different capacity. I well remember the day we found out that our children would be attending the school where Mr. Chapman taught – it was a comforting feeling for us as parents, to know our children would be with such a kind, gentle teacher. It’s easy to remember his warm smile, and voice. My husband, David always enjoyed the yearly chats in the office, and we were always amazed at the energy and bike stories from the retirement years. With sincere sympathy. Barbara and David Schmidt

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  18. My son (Alex) and I are honored and blessed to have known Gord. We will miss him dearly in badminton. Our most sincere condolences.
    Esther

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  19. Fred Tom Jaeger :

    To my long time friend and sports partner have great memories. Thanks Gord.

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  20. I got to know Gord quite well on the many bike trips we had together over the past 25 years including a number of Elbow Valley Golden Triangle trips and sharing a room with him on a fairly recent multi-day bike trip to England. He was a great guy-always up-beat, friendly and ready to help others when they needed it

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  21. Trev & Hope Dragseth :

    A great friend ,hiking buddy and all around good guy .He will be missed .

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  22. Bob and Sharon Crowle :

    A very long time friend. We will miss you Gord. My your future bridge hands always contain the four aces.

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  23. One of the gifts of being your friend Bev, has been getting to know your wonderful family! Uncle Gord was a dear man and I truly did enjoy time spent with him. Momma Joan, I am so sorry for your loss …. sending you both hugs!

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  24. Gordon shared his house with me for more than three years since August 2012. His generosity and hospitality will be remembered for ever. He always gave me a ride to my work on the cold winter morning time, he guided me to bike around the city on beautiful summer time. He played PingPang with me at evening or during weekend. Every year, he hosted Birthday party and Chinese New Year Party for me. Your kindness and great humor sense make my life very enjoyable.
    In loving memory of a wonderful person, you will be missed always by me and many others.

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  25. Marlene Harris :

    As longtime residents of Cambrian Heights, we miss Gordon and Helen whom we met over 50 years ago when we arrived in this community! They were welcome contributors to the life of our community and we’re sorry they’ve both departed. During the last few years, I (Marlene) had the pleasure of meeting Gordon from time to time in the mountains and even on Nose Hill, as our hiking groups would occasionally meet. We will always remember Gordon and Helen as cheerful and friendly neighbours at the corner of our street. We are very grateful for their steadfast presence in our community.
    With our love and sympathy, along with best wishes for dealing with such a loss,
    Marlene & Don Harris

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