Obituary - George R. Chapman

The death of George Robert Chapman in January 1987, has left a vacancy in the membership of Craigavon Historical Society which will be difficult to fill. We regret his passing.

Mr Chapman who was 86, had been a foundation member, a member of the Committee, a past Chairman and President of the Society. He was a valued contributor to the Review and a short while before his death he completed an article for the current issue of our Journal and delivered it personally. It reveals his abiding interest in local history and the influence he radiated in everything he said and did.

George, as we all knew him, was a prominent member of the Society of Friends. He was educated at Friends' School, Lisburn and later joined the furniture firm of Thomas W McDonagh & Co Ltd., Portadown, being a director for many years.

He was a member of the Portadown Meeting and still retained a close affection for the Meeting House, Richhill. He had held every office in his Church, was an elder of long standing and Clerk of the Ireland Yearly Meeting - the highest honour his church could bestow on him.

The funeral service in Richhill was very representative of all walks of life and many tributes were paid to the life and work of George R Chapman and to the influence he had on the lives of so many other people.

George was the faithful friend - a man who had his feet in the ground and his eyes looking heavenwards.

Much sympathy is extended to his wife Annie, sons Arthur and Ross and daughter Avril.