Obituary of Richard Chapman – Worcester Telegram & Gazette


Richard Mason Chapman, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 13, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida at the age of 86.

He is survived by his wife, Betty (Richardson) Chapman, and a daughter-in-law, Martine Bellville. He also leaves five children from a previous marriage to Janet (Cutler) Chapman – David and his wife Nancy, Jeffrey and his wife Pamela, Andrew and his partner Allison, Stephen and his wife Sheryl and Stephanie and her husband Rob Sequin. He also leaves 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a stepson, Russell Farnsworth.

Richard, or Dickie as he was known, was born March 26, 1936 and lived most of his life in West Boylston, Massachusetts. After earning a civil engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1958, Richard moved to Sacramento, California, where he worked for the State of California. In 1959 Dick returned to Massachusetts where he worked at the RE Chapman Company, a drilling company founded by his father in 1926. Richard served as president of the company from 1975 to 1999. During his tenure as president, the company became one of the largest drilling companies in the Northeast, at one point employing over 80 people. Dickie was very involved with the Massachusetts and New England Groundwater Associations and worked tirelessly to help organize the annual New England Water Well Expo for many years. He was also a Senior Groundwater Contractor with the National Groundwater Association and was very proud to wear his “green jacket” to NGWA conferences every year.

In his early days, Dick enjoyed camping and was an avid sailor and catamaran racer. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, playing cards and spending time with his family. After retiring in 2001, Dick spent several years driving school buses to events for First Student in West Boylston, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Dick also served as Chairman of the Trustees and Superintendent of the Grounds of High Plains Cemetery in West Boylston. Dickie was best known to his family and everyone he met for his sense of humor, able to bring a smile or a laugh any day; that laughter will be greatly missed.

A funeral service will be held on September 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at High Plains Cemetery in West Boylston. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Posted on September 11, 2022

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