Raymond E. Chapin MONTPELIER — Raymond E. Chapin, 87, formerly of Montpelier, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the Legacy House in Ocala, Florida, after a brief illness. Raymond was born on Sept. 3, 1931, in Montpelier. He attended elementary schools in East Calais and East Montpelier, and high school in Plainfield. Mr. Chapin joined the Vermont Army National Guard while in high school and was activated into the U.S. Army on Sept. 3, 1950. He served in the Korean War until June 16, 1952. Mr. Chapin married Maralyn L. Bartlett on April 10, 1951. They first met in 1943 when they became neighbors; this is where their love story began. They dated through high school and had been inseparable since. Mr. Chapin was a member of Rob Morris Chapter #26 of the Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron from 1976-1977. He joined the Aurora Lodge #22 of Free and Accepted Masons in 1973. He received his 33rd degree Aug. 31, 1993. Raymond was a member of the Scottish Rite and the Mount Sanai Shriners #3 in Montpelier. Mr. Chapin was employed by New England Telephone and Telegraph in Vermont for 37 years until his retirement in 1990. At the time of his retirement, Raymond was a supervisor in Burlington. Raymond’s love for sports was evident in the many years he coached Little League Baseball in Montpelier, then at Union 32 High School in East Montpelier. He played several years in the men’s softball league in his hometown. Mr. Chapin leaves his wife of 67 years, Maralyn (Bartlett) Chapin, of Ocala; three daughters Cynthia C. Jasman (Aime). of Canton, Georgia, Cheryl C. Gowan, of Ocala, Carole C. Sollace (Jeffrey), of Montpelier; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and many friends. Mr. Chapin was predeceased by his father, John Chapin Sr.; mother, Gladys (Lapan) Chapin Lawliss; brothers Royce Chapin, John A. Chapin Jr.; and son-in-law, Jeffrey M. Sollace. The Chapins moved to Ocala in March of 2002. Raymond served the community of Foxwood Farms as a member of the Homeowners Board and with the Men’s Club. He enjoyed the many activities offered within the community. He was an avid golfer and was always ready to play. Raymond was first and foremost a family man, putting his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren above all else. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He had a ready smile and a Vermont sense of humor. Raymond will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A Masonic service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 2 p.m., in the Plainmont Cemetery, East Montpelier. A reception will follow at the Masonic Center, Gallison Hill Road, Montpelier.

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