Richard M. Chappell

Newport, N.H. — Richard M. Chappell of Newport died suddenly at home on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pa. to Norman A. and Catherine (Greene) Chappell. Rich and his family moved to Newport in 1981 to fulfill his dream of owning a restaurant, the Guild House Pub and Deli. He then worked for many years at Dartmouth Motors in Newport.

He spent his life helping people. First in the U. S. Air Force, then as a police officer and detective in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, and most recently as the director of the Newport Food Pantry. Whether at family gatherings, or at his various jobs, or on his boat on Lake Sunapee, Rich was happiest when he was feeding people. For his work in our community, he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

Rich was on the Vestry at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Newport, and was proud to have completed the four year program of Education for Ministry (EfM). He was instrumental in offering the Sunshine Diner, a monthly free meal for the entire community. Rich also initiated the school backpack program which provided food every week for over 20 students in area schools.

He and his loving wife, Bonnie, had recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Along with his wife, he leaves a son, Eric (Rick) Chappell and his wife, Jolene of Sunapee, N.H.; and three daughters, Jeanne Chappell and her wife, Amy Watson of Keene, N.H., Joanne Skarin and her husband, Paul of Sunapee, N.H., and Nancy Smith and her husband, Mike of Unity, N.H. His nine grandchildren will miss their Papa: Jodie and Sawyer Dresser, Erik, Noah, and Nicholas Skarin, Emily and Burke Patterson, and Issaiah and Jordan Chappell.

Rich was the 9th of 10 children. His surviving siblings are Jerry Chappell of Huntington Valley, Pa. and Marty Chappell of Bensalem, Pa., and Jeanne Logue of Bensalem, Pa. He was predeceased by Ellenor Leighthardt, Betty Curry, Norm Chappell, Nancy Klemp, Frank Chappell, and Bill Chappell.

Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 at the Newton Bartlett Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will take place on Monday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the Newport Opera House. Private services will be held at The Church of the Epiphany. Rev. Alice Roberts officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Newport Food Pantry, 95 South Main Street, Newport, NH 03773.

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