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Gary Chapman

September 20, 1947 - March 12, 2015


Gary was born in Vermillion, Alberta and died in the South Okanagan Regional Hospital in Oliver, B.C.

Gary spent most of his young years in and around Edmonton and left for Keno Hill, Yukon when he was seventeen to earn money to further his education.  He never left; he was learning a trade, making lots of money and having too much fun! 

While working in Whitehorse he met his wife Kathy (Schramek) and they married in 1970 and moved to Faro where their daughter Caron was born and they remained for fourteen years. 

He became a very competitive curler and won two Yukon championships and was runner-up many times.  Eventually he would represent the Yukon/NWT at the Sr. Men's Championships in London, Ont. And he and Kathy would represent the mixed in Toronto, Ont.  He also enjoyed his yearly hunting trip and many camping and fishing weekends.   Winter travel to warmer climates was also high on his priority list, wanting to see how the 'locals' lived away from the tourist havens.

When the mining industry failed he turned his agile mind to highway construction and relocated to Whitehorse.

After forty two years in the Yukon, the long cold winters got to him and he and Kathy retired in 2006 and eventually settled in Okanagan Falls, B.C. in 2008 and they became sun birds for a few years until his illness prevented them from returning south for the winter.  He turned to golf for entertainment and enjoyed many rounds at St. Andrews By the Lake.

Throughout his life Gary worked hard, loved to have fun, had a very positive attitude.  He also helped many people along the way and made many lifelong friends.

Gary was at home except for the last few days of his life where he died in hospital.  Per Gary's wish there will be no service, but I'm sure he'd love anyone who knew him to raise a glass in his name. 

He will be achingly missed by his wife Kathy, daughter Caron (Nick Ross), mother Maureen (Marie) Chapman, and sisters Diane (Roy Loyer) and Fay Mountford.  Also among those who will miss him are many nieces and nephews and perhaps, even a few in-laws.

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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Barbara Chapman
Relation: cousin

So sorry for your loss Kathy. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Caron,Marie, Diane , Faye and families.
Bill, Barbara,Pat,Brad,Val,Karen&families.

From: Rose Murdoch
Relation: friend

Kathy and Caron I am deeply sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. RIP Gary. God be with you

From: Jackie Graham
Relation: brother-in-law

My heart goes out to all of Gary’s family. We will miss his smile and his happy-go-lucky nature. Gary was one of the good guys! Take Care Kathy, we do love you so much.

From: Gerry Whitley
Relation: worked together in Faro

Kathy: So sorry to hear the news. Gary did a great job helping the Faro mine and community through many challenging years. He had fun too. Hugs Mary and Gerry Whitley Whitehorse Yukon

From: Al and Eileen (Byblow) Close
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and Caron.

From: Sandra / Dickie MacDonald
Relation: Friend from Faro, Yukon

Our sympathies go out to you Cathy and Caron.

From: Lorne and Linda Hyde
Relation: lived in Faro and cabin at Little Salmon

Our condolences Kathy and Caron. We remember some good times at Little Salmon.

From: Geraldine and Allan Peel
Relation: Friends in Whitehorse Yukon

We are sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Remember him fondly. Sorry for your loss Cathy and Karen.

From: Bonnie and Len Chayko
Relation: friend

Dear Kathy and Caron, We are so very sorry for your loss.We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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