John Chapin

Jan 29, 2019

Blue Hill — John Paul Chapin of Blue Hill died peacefully from complications of a lengthy illness on Jan. 18, 2019. Born in Hartford, Conn., on May 14, 1940, he was the son of Clifford and Dorothy Chapin, who predeceased him.

John grew up in Great Barrington, Mass., was a graduate of Berkshire School, and attended Princeton University. Retiring after 25 years with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, he and his wife Jane moved to Bucksport, where he served as business manager for the Bucksport Enterprise, Macleod’s Restaurant, and Northeast Historic Films, and where Jane resumed her work as a psychiatric nurse in the area. She died unexpectedly from a medical emergency in 2002.

John, a self-described “class clown,” found his true calling when he discovered the art of theater though acting classes and roles, with New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill. In 2006 he married Dindy Royster of Blue Hill, and they appeared together in NST’s "The Gin Game" and "Love Letters."  His love of acting extended around the Blue Hill peninsula and beyond with the Grand Theater, Cabin Fever in Deer Isle, the Belfast Maskers, and others.

John is survived by his brother, Clifford Chapin II and his wife Mary Jane of Hopewell Junction, N.Y. John and Jane are survived by their four children John Chapin Jr. and his wife Diana of Montville, Pam Chapin Lunz and her husband Jeff, Susan Powney and her husband Jim, and Jennifer Chapin, all of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by Dindy, and her children Molly Cooper and her husband Daniel, Andy Wanning and his wife Brenna, and grandchild Dinah Cooper.

John would be most happy to be remembered by a gift to New Surry Theatre, P.O. Box 1597, Blue Hill, ME 04614, or Northern Light Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402.

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