Richard F. Chapman, 79, passed away at home with loved ones by his side Aug. 10, 2020, after a long illness. He was born in Waterville Feb. 24, 1941, to Fred and Edythe (Murphy) Chapman.

As a young man, Richard served his country with honor in the Navy. After his discharge, he began a career in law enforcement and security and worked several jobs, including the Somerset Sheriff's Department as a deputy, and security at Unity College, the University of Maine at Farmington, Bank of America in Belfast, and Webber Oil, to name a few.

Richard loved living in Belfast and being near the ocean, going to City Park as often as possible to overlook the water. He also enjoyed hosting friends at the home he shared with longtime companion Barbara Hughes, and will be dearly missed by friends, family and neighbors.

In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by a brother, Wayne, and a sister, Beverly.

Richard is survived by his longtime companion and caregiver, Barbara Hughes; a brother, Lynden Chapman, and wife Monique of Lisbon; sister Cheryl Barnes of Skowhegan; his son, James Chapman, and daughter Beth Huff, both of Skowhegan; several cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as Barbara's children, Adella Russell, Abram, Stephen and Tim Guay.

Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.