BRIAN KEITH CHAPMAN

Brian Chapman chose to peacefully end his struggle with cancer on January 22, 2022, at the Richmond Hospital with his family and close friends by his side. Brian was born in Fort Frances on August 27, 1956. He was raised in Senneterre and Montreal, Quebec, Goose Bay, Labrador and Fort Frances, Ontario.

Brian moved to British Columbia as a young man where he lived on the banks of the Fraser River for many years until his passing, He drove truck for most of his life and also operated his boat “The Lancing” as a seafaring commercial fisherman. His love of the ocean inspired his pirate persona (“Arrr”) and that twinkle in his eyes. He was well respected by his fishing industry peers.

Brian was predeceased by his loving parents Ross and Lorraine (Laney) Chapman; his brother David Chapman; his grandparents Adeline (Chapman) and Joseph Armstrong; and his grandmother Rose Wood (Shortreed).

Brian will be remembered with love by his sister Cindy Gauthier and her son Matthew; his brother Ronald and his daughter Polly; his brother Brent (Mary Ellen) and their children Adrian, Nathan, Daniel and Laney; and his good friends Tony MacDonald and Merle Graff. As well, he leaves behind his great-nieces and nephews; his aunt Adalyn Connolly; his uncles David Chapman, Gary Chapman and Frank Ball; his many cousins on the Chapman and Shortreed sides; his neighbours at Richmond Marina; and his many friends.

Brian was a great musician and songwriter, reminiscent of his father Ross. Tony and Brian spent many hours perfecting their songwriting craft over the years, creating powerful lyrics and a lasting friendship. Brian will be remembered by those who loved him as a kind-hearted, generous and passionate man. He had an infectious personality with a captivating gift for story-telling and a unique sense of humour. He was a remarkably strong and tenacious fellow with the soul of a pirate and the heart of a giant. Anyone who met Brian would never forget him.

Brian hosted a joyful gathering with close friends and family in Richmond, B.C. on January 20, celebrating the life that he enjoyed. A celebration of life will be held in Fort Frances at a later date to be announced.

Sail on our brother, our uncle and our friend. You will forever remain in our hearts. As you often said “We will meet ya again on the flip flop.”

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