2013-05-09 / Obituaries

William “Bill” J. Chaples, 75, Home Builder

A ceremony to bury the ashes of William “Bill” J. Chaples will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Northfield, Vermont. He will be remembered in a Mass at St. John’s Church on May 11,2013 at 5:30 P.M. A celebration of his life was held on his birthday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Orange City, Florida.

Bill was born in Hardwick, Vermont in 1937, the son of Allen and Ethel (Larabee) Chapels. The family moved to Miami, Florida when he was a small child. He was educated in Florida. Following graduation from High School he joined the Air Force and served three years in Germany. Bill was awarded the good conduct medal when he left the military service. Bill worked with his Father in the construction industry, specializing in masonry. Together they built many homes in Miami, Florida area. Bill continued to work in the building trade in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York during the summer months, returning to Florida in the winter.

Bill married Lucille Hebert on April 20,2002 in All Souls Catholic Church in Sanford, Florida. They enjoyed traveling together, spending the winter months in Florida. Bill and Lucille traveled to Louisiana to visit a friend whom Bill had met in Germany when they were in the Air Force together more than 40 years before. Their other travels included Montreal, Quebec City and part of the Gaspe Peninsula.

Bill was very generous with people. He would tell stories and make them laugh. Bill loved boxing, races, football and all kind of sports. He followed his father into the sport of boxing who was known as “Kid Chaples”. Kid Chaples won 122 fights in his career. Father and son enjoyed a close relationship.

Bill was a wonderful dancer and singer. He was a soloist in the Baptist Church that he attended as a child. He belonged to the American Legion in Barre, Vermont, the Eagles in Orange City, Florida, The Loyal Order of Moose in Barre, Vermont, the Vermont Police Association, the Vermont Carpenters Union, and the Thousand Islands Campground Association. Bill was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Lucille and her daughter Lorraine Patriquin of Phoenix, Arizona, his sister Jane and her husband Michael Kinney, his sister Janice and her husband Raymond Wells as well as many friends and relatives.

Internment will be in Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Kingston Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

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Bill and his older sister

Bill and his older sister were known as Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill when they were little. He attended Edison High School, but joined the Air Force and got his GED while in the service. He worked on very high poles while in Germany and had many experiences while there. Bill was married to Loretta (Brown) Chaples and they adopted a daughter Donna. He later married a couple other ladies before his final marriage to Lucille and was very happy as they traveled around in their motor coach. Bill's father, Allen Chaples, was known as "Kid Chaples" in his hay day of the 1930's and was Vermont's Light Weight Champion, retiring with his title. Bill's father had 122 fights but was never down for the count. Bill's father was a good and fair price fighter and taught his children to be fair, good human beings. Bill was a carpenter by trade in VT and was well known for all the "siding jobs" he did in VT. He went to FL looking for work in winter and worked for his father's business as a block layer. They use to fish in the Atlantic Ocean in his father's boat and enjoyed that sport. Bill enjoyed watching most sports while he looked at all of his fishing lures. He enjoyed doing siding with his brother-in-law, Ray Wells, when Ray went up to VT to work with Bill. They were very close. Bill often said, "Ray is the best brother a guy could hope for". Bill's sister, Ruth Jane Kenney passed on 1 yr 5 mos after Bill, but their younger sister, Janice Wells, still lives in FL with Bill's "best bro", Janice's husband, Ray. Our condolences to Bill's wife, Lucille. Jan and Ray Wells

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