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John M Chapman

May 7, 1939 - December 27, 2020

Dedicated Educator


Service Date: January 9, 2021

In Lieu of Flowers: Deborah Hospital

Obituaries » John M Chapman

John “Jack” Chapman passed away at his home in Wharton, NJ, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, December 27th after a long illness. He was 81.

Jack grew up in Roseland and Livingston, New Jersey and spent his adult years in Parsippany and Randolph before moving to Wharton in 1992.

He loved his profession and was very proud to have been named Teacher of the Year by the Governor’s Recognition Program in 1992. The majority of his 40+ years in education were spent teaching 5th and 6th grade at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange. After his retirement, Jack tutored adults at ESL, traveled, played his piano, visited with friends, and was always cooking meals to bring to people who needed them, but his greatest joy was spending time with his granddaughter and the family dog, Rummy. Jack will be remembered for his wit and sense of humor, and his love for his family and friends.

He is predeceased by his parents, Charles Drake Chapman and Beatrice F. Danows LaPorta and his brother-in-law, Glynn Roberts.

He leaves behind his sister Carol Roberts of Lords Valley, PA, a brother Charles and his wife Grace Chapman of Richboro, PA, son Steven Chapman and his fiance Nicolet Nelson, daughter Jessica Losey and her fiance Kevin Culleny of Succasunna, granddaughter Victoria Losey of Succasunna and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A service will be held at Ledgewood Baptist Church, 233 Main Street, Ledgewood, on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. A private burial will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Jack’s favorite charity, Deborah Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Par-Troy Funeral Home 95 Parsippany Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07005.