George T. “Bud” Chapin, 83, died Feb. 15, 2010, in Belfast after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Camden May 1, 1926, he was a son of Willard C. and Katherine A. Chapin. Soon after school, he enlisted in the Navy, where he was a machine gunner during World War II until being discharged in 1945. After his discharge, he worked at the Knox Woolen Mill in Camden for 37 years.

He married Georgia Richards Harriman Nov. 15, 1957 in Camden. Bud, as many people knew him, was a devoted family man and loved anything to do with the great outdoors — they were the two greatest pleasures in his life. He was an avid hunter, loved to fish and have conversations about the olden days. He also took great pride in being a member of Hope Community Bible Church.

He was predeceased by his father and mother and his brothers, Charlie Chapin and Jasper Chapin.

Besides his loving wife of 52 years, Georgia, of Camden, Mr. Chapin is survived by two sons, Kevin and his wife, Dawn Chapin, of Hope and Tom and his wife, Patsy Chapin, of Waldoboro; two daughters, Laureen and her husband, Bill Colby, of Hartland and Janis and her husband, Tony Frost, of Pittsfield; two stepsons whom he thought of as his own, Tom and his wife, Jill Harriman, of Warren and Fred and his wife, Kitty Harriman, of Northport; a brother, Bill Chapin of Camden; two brothers-in-law, Harold and his wife, Judy Richards and Clifton and his wife, Evelyn Richards, of Camden; a sister-in-law, Florence, and her husband, Ralph Curtis, of Burlington; two nieces; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; friends, church family and his faithful feline companion, Sam.

Bud’s family would like to thank Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice of Rockland and especially his nurse, Karl, for the wonderful care and friendship he provided during his last few months. A very special thank you for the nurses of the Waldo County Hospice Unit, who provided the greatest care in his final days.

Spring interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Camden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Community Bible Church, 9 Church St., Hope, ME 04847 or a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be offered at ripostafh.com.