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THOMAS JAMES CHAPMAN (TOM)
Born: Jul 19, 1932
Date of Passing: Jan 01, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
THOMAS JAMES CHAPMAN
July 19, 1932 - January 1, 2021
Tom was predeceased by his brothers, Walter, Nick and Joe, his sisters, Mimi, Pat, and his nephew Lindsay.
Lovingly remembered and forever missed by his wife of 65 years, Donna, his children, Derryl (Bob), Brent (Kerry), Don (Dineen) and Cathy (Alvin), his grandchildren, Chris (Donna), Thomas (Christina), Matt, Chelsea (Andrew), Hannah (John), Beau (Adrienne), Donna (Nick), Lindsay (Charlie), Taylor (Brandon), Nick, Sydney, Emily (Chandler), and Madeline, and great-grandchildren, Skylar, Damian, Royal, Victor, Aidan, Ronan and Avery.
Tom grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. He overcame a difficult life during tough times. Around 1947 his life stabilized when he moved in with his sister Mimi, her husband Ed, and their son Lindsay, who he remained very close to throughout their lives.
By high school, Tom was an excellent student, very artistic and athletic. He recognized the benefits of sitting close to the front of the class because he "didn't want to miss a thing."
He was a survivor and worked tirelessly to create a successful life for himself. In 1951 he met the love of his life, Donna, who he married on October 1, 1955 at Immaculate Conception.
Tom made a lifelong career in the Canadian Grain industry. He worked at Midland Flour Mills, McCabe Grain and National Grain before establishing the Canadian operations of Toepfer International in 1973. His efforts resulted in great success for Toepfer with colleagues and partners worldwide. When Tom retired as President at the age of 58, local newspapers reported that he had a reputation as a "heck of a trader" and was known on the exchange floor as a "perennial bear".
Tom and Donna enjoyed a long, healthy retirement together full of adventures with family and friends, both close to home and far away. Family was everything to Tom, and he and Donna travelled extensively to be a part of weddings, births and other celebrations.
Tom and Donna can be credited with creating loyal Bomber fans worldwide. They were season ticket holders for 50 years and travelled Western Canada to cheer them on.
Tom was an avid sports fan as both a spectator and participant. He loved music, dancing, movies and tending his garden of flowers and vegetables.
The Chapman Family was part of St. Alphonsus parish for over 60 years. Tom found great solace in the church, attending mass on Sundays and going on retreats often.
Tom Chapman was a provider and protector for his family. Celebrations were a constant in the Chapman home from milestone birthdays to happy hours in the sun room.
We thank the amazing staff at Brightwater for their tender and caring support of Tom and his family. Also, Father Alan Wizinsky of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider giving to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or The Royal Canadian Legion.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe stated that "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him". Tom Chapman was such a man - loving, loyal and generous to the end.
A family service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. with interment to follow. For those unable to attend please see Thomas' obituary at www.cropo.com for the available livestream link.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 05, 2021
Condolences & Memories (15 entries)
So sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. My sincere condolences to Donna and the whole family. Tom was a wonderful person and I have great memories of working with him. - Posted by: Jean-Denis Hinkel (Co worker at Toepfer) on: Jan 10, 2021
I remember Tom from his old Dunrobin days and how he would often walk home from work for the exercise. It paid off. Tom was always a good example to all who observed him and knew him. The world needs more like him. Our condolences . - Posted by: Valerie Wadephul & Richard (Friend, former neighbour) on: Jan 10, 2021
It's so sad to see Tom gone. I was fortunate enough to play a couple of golf games and spend some time socializing with Tom - especially during those later years when the "memory thief" was doing his work. I enjoyed those times I spent challenging Tom's recollections from the old "North End". It was one north ender sharing life experiences with another north ender, although we were a generation apart. Talking about the old dairy at the corner of Salter and Flora serving ice cream - Eddy's Pool Hall - Aberdeen School. I asked Tom whether he ever attended a Metal Shops Class at Aberdeen School. I nudged his memory and spoke about the teacher being an unusual character - he thought for a minute then a big smile came out and he said "That guy was crazy, he used to throw tools at us"! We both laughed and I told him the same guy was still throwing tools at me and my classmates 20 years later. A memory I will always cherish. RIP Tom and condolences to the family. - Posted by: Dave K (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2021
We are saddened by the news of Tom Chapman’s passing. This is a special family, saturated for is by the deepest of friendships. Tom obviously passed along a lifetime of character and wisdom to his family, and this speaks to a life well lived. To the entire Chapman family, God bless and deepest condolences. - Posted by: Philip Maurice Hayes and family. (Friend of the family) on: Jan 08, 2021
My deepest condolences to Donna, Cathy, Alvin (Emily & Madeline) and their extended family. I had the tremendous pleasure of meeting Tom Chapman in the mid 1990s, and was greeting with his generosity and warmth from the very first moment we met. Later during my Territory coverage of Manitoba in the late 90 and early 2000s, the Chapman’s would insist that I make regular visits to their home, with or without their daughter Cathy’s presence, where after enjoying a wonderful home cooked meal, Tom and I would sit for hours discussing business, markets, customers and the history of the Canadian Grain Industry where Tom’s passions lived. He became a mentor and a pillar of strength, courage and honour to all who were fortunate to know him. Tom had a wonderful sense of humour, wit and charm, always knowing how to make everyone smile. We are going to miss him greatly. - Posted by: Glenn Selig (Friend of Daughter Cathy, son-in-law Alvin and family. ) on: Jan 08, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Chapman family. Cathy and I were friends as kids and I had the opportunity to spend time at their home. Later on in life, Derryl and I worked at Winnipeg Hydro together and through our friendship I was able to stay connected with them. Mr. Chapman was the ultimate family man and I had a lot of respect for him. His memory will be a comfort to you. - Posted by: Krystyl Harland (Friend) on: Jan 06, 2021
My deepest condolences to you Donna, Derryl, Brent, Don , Cathy and your spouses and children. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom a few years ago. He always greeted me with a hug and a smile. Donna you have become my dear friend and my heart goes out to you at this sad time. May the memories and love you all shared with Tom. live on in your hearts forever and help you through the days ahead. Much love Thora ❤️ - Posted by: Thora Meade (Friend) on: Jan 05, 2021
I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Chapman's passing. Although I have not seen your parents in many years, I have thought of them often. I remember your mom and dad and my parents spending time together, either going out for dinner or a holiday spent in Hawaii. The one thing that stands out in my mind is his sense of humor and his laugh. My condolences to all of you. - Posted by: Darcy Lowe (Friend of family) on: Jan 05, 2021
After enjoying all the stories about Mr. Chapman, from his son Brent, I thought he would probably live forever. My heart and condolences go out to the entire Chapman family. - Posted by: Jay Brown (Friend of Brent Chapman (son)) on: Jan 05, 2021
Thinking of you at this very difficult time Donna, Cathy & Alvin & family. Although we were not fortunate enough to meet Tom in person, I know from all the wonderful stories Cathy shares with us, what a terrific man he was. Sincere condolences from us. - Posted by: Karen & Bernie (friends) on: Jan 05, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Don, Donna and family. Tom will be remembered as an incredibly warm and caring person. Take comfort in all of the wonderful memories you have of this very special man who touched the hearts of so many. - Posted by: Thomas & Robin Hansmann (friends of the family) on: Jan 05, 2021
My condolences to Derryl, Donna and family. I loved seeing Tom's face light up when dancing with workers at brightwater. Always a gentle man and will never forget his smile :) - Posted by: Kim (Passed Rec worker at brightwater ) on: Jan 05, 2021
My sincere condolences to Donna and the entire family. My prayers are with you, to a man I respected, looked up to, learned from and enjoyed his absolutely wonderful and respectful manner. - Posted by: Lawrence Yakielashek (Friend, industry colleague ) on: Jan 05, 2021
Tom was such a kind person, may his soul find peace and his spirit be free. - Posted by: Darcy and Linda Kisilowsky (friends of the family) on: Jan 05, 2021
Donna and family, I am so sorry to hear of Toms passing. He was such a gentle, caring person and we’ve had so many fun times over the years. From our cruise, trips to Antiqua, weekends at the lake or sitting on a beach drinking cocktails, we always had a fabulous time with the Chapman’s. So sorry that during Covid we can’t help celebrate Toms wonderful, successful life. I know right now Tony and Tom are playing cribbage in heaven. RIP TOM - Posted by: Sue Heim (Friend) on: Jan 05, 2021
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