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Al Chapman

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ALLAN JOHN CHAPMAN

July 16, 1942 - February 18, 2024

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Allan Chapman, beloved Dad, husband, Papa, brother, uncle, neighbour and friend. Dad passed unexpectedly but peacefully in his home at the age of 81. 


Allan was predeceased by his parents, Victoria and Albert Chapman; Granny Eva Chapman; mother-in-law Stella Pawloski; and his wife of 48 years, Jeanne. Many friends and family are left to mourn his loss, including his brother, Donald; two daughters, Jennifer (Craig) and Cheryl (Trevor); and his four cherished grandsons, Jack, Colin, Blake and Brody.


Allan was born in Winnipeg and shared many happy memories growing up in the north end hanging out with friends, and working on cars and motorcycles in their garage. In 1969, he married Jeannie, the love of his life. Soon after, they built a house in Bird’s Hill. It was a place they both adored and became their sanctuary to raise a family, enjoy nature, and pursue their hobbies. Together, they lovingly raised their girls, tended to the yard and garden, contributed to the community, and built life-long connections with the most wonderful neighbours.


The family cottage in Clandeboye was like a second home for Allan and it held a special place in his heart. Fishing, boating, building a cabin, bonfires, snowmobiling, landscaping, enjoying the serenity of nature, barbequing, playing with his kids, spitting sunflower seeds on the dock at sunset and sharing good times there with friends and family made him so happy.


Al took great pride in everything he did and had an incredible work ethic. From his first job at Loblaws, to working at his Dad’s business (Chapco), and eventually settling into his career as a firefighter, he was dedicated to people and his work. He made a home and family with the City of Winnipeg Fire Department and retired as a Captain after 30 years on the job. He loved the camaraderie of the firehall and shared many stories of heroism, heartbreak, and shenanigans.


Like a true fireman, he was a caretaker in every way and loved making things better. He could fix anything and was fascinated with mechanics and motors. Dad’s passion was cars and he was happiest cruising in his T-birds or working on them in his shop. He loved sharing his hobby with friends and family at car and motorcycle shows. His brother and best friend, Donald will always hold a special place as his “crew chief” and co-pilot for life.


Allan’s love and dedication to his family were incomparable, but his kindness enveloped everyone he met. He especially had a soft spot in his heart for kids, and his grandsons were his pride and joy. He loved cheering them on at sports games, teaching them, celebrating their accomplishments, pulling pranks and laughing with them. His gentleness and enthusiasm to be childlike made him everyone’s Papa. His garage wall holds many memories where he attentively marked the height of all the neighbourhood kids (and pets), reveling in how much they’d grown.


Dad will always be remembered for his big heart, gentleness, and generosity. He loved nature, animals (especially his grand-dogs and cats), silly sayings and Chinese food. He was a shining example of how to live a good life and his passing leaves a giant hole in the hearts of everyone that knew him.


The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at St. Boniface Hospital. A huge hug of gratitude also goes out to all of our friends, neighbours, coworkers, and family for your outpouring of love and support.


In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 


In lieu of flowers, donations to the Firefighter’s Burn Fund would be greatly appreciated.


Allan's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.

ETHICAL DEATH CARE

Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

Memories, Stories and Condolences

 

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Comments (9)
Guest
6 days ago

Our Uncle (great) Allan was a kind, caring, generous, man! He was a great conversationalist. He always welcomed us into his home or at his cottage with a big smile & lots of hugs. He would always greet some of the children with a wet face cloth in case their faces were dirty! When our son, Jordan got married to Jenn Uncle Allan walked up to the head table with a wet napkin, checked, & washed Jordan's face, It was one of the evening highlights that made everyone laugh!

Uncle Allan gave Tim his 1st car a 63/64 Austin mini when he was about 14 yrs old. He would pick up Tim from Jr high school so that Tim could help him with the landscaping at his home in Birds Hill. Tim & Uncle Allan had a strong love for older cars & going to car shows.

We loved the time we spent with Uncle Allan, Auntie Jean, Jennifer, & Cheryl...memories we shall cherish! RIP Uncle Allan you will be missed! Tim & Tammy Kowerko & Family

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Apr 05

There are many happy memories of Allan and his brother Donald coming to stay at our Caliento Farm. Most memorable was having great fun playing in the hayloft .

I will miss reminiscing with Allan along side his T Bird at the car shows.

Cousin Jim Koshelanyk and family

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Apr 03

Mr. Chapman, as my kids knew him as, was adored by my kids. They loved to run and visit him when they saw his garage door open. He would tune up their bikes, mark their growing height on the wall and teach them things about cars, tractors or whatever they could find that ran with a motor. My boys loved him. I also had to wrangle them to go back home. As I currently sit writing this my oldest is playing in the ditch in front of his home. It makes me sad to know he won't be able to chat Mr. Chapman's ear off but also grateful to have known such an incredible example of how a human being should be....kind, humble and full of joy. My condolences to his family and friends.

The Pilat's a few doors down.

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Apr 02

My Brother is gone going to miss my old " Northender

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Guest
Mar 30

My sincerest condolences to Al's family. On my first shift as a rookie, I was met by a firefighter they called "Chappy". Come on kid, I'll show you around, was his first words. Chappy took me under his wing and showed me how things worked and taught me a lot about the job. He always had a smile on his face, and was always calm in trying situations. He was a great firefighter, and even more, a great friend! He will be missed! Rest in Peace my friend!

Greg Collicutt, friend and, fellow firefighter.

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Mar 31
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Thank you very much Greg. I’m glad you reached out. I was thinking of you and wanted to let you know about my Dad but didn’t know how to get in touch. He was very fond of you and your name came up a lot in our house. I’m grateful for your friendship with him. ~ Jennifer

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Mar 30

I am marko and Lena daughter ,Marianne. Here is a picture of Donald and Allen and then Allen. If you would like the original pictures contact me and I will send them to you.



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Guest
Mar 30

I loved visiting the Chapman’s, the childhood home of my best friend. It was a special place, because of Jeannie and Al. Jennifer, I see so much of your sweet dad in you. I think that’s why he holds a special place in my heart. I’m thinking of you, Craig, and the boys along with Cheryl and her family. Love you very much. xo

~ Andrea L. (and family)

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Mar 31
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Thank you, Andrea xoxo. He held a special place for you in his heart and loved you like his 3rd daughter.

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