William Henry Chappell, age 87, of New Durham Road in Alton, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2019 at Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth, NH. He was the beloved brother to Mary (Chappell) Gallup of Wakefield and uncle to Christine Hendrick, Jack Hendrick, and Mary Beth Tocco, all of Richmond, RI, Lisa Bornstein of Bradenton, FL, Elaine Titus of Rochester, NH, Pat Keith of Cummington, MA, David Chappell of Tampa, FL and Don Blacken of New Durham, NH, and predeceased by brother Wendell Chappell and sisters Alice Blackden and Kay Sharp.
Bill was born in Narragansett, Rhode Island to Alice and Henry Chappell on October 18, 1931. Bill loved Narraganset and regaled his family with stories of his experiences at the Pier during Hurricane Carol. As a young man he worked for many summers as a broiler cook at the Coast Guard House, which started his love of cooking. He served as a Corporal in the RI National Guard, 43rd Division in Augsburg, Germany during the Korean War. After the war, Bill studied at URI where he was the first male student in Home Economics, as studies in Restaurant Management weren’t available then. He transferred to Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in Restaurant Management. Bill enjoyed his chosen profession and worked for several companies both on the East and West coasts. He developed lifelong friendships and retired in the 1980’s to his Chappell Hill home in Alton, NH.
Bill was an avid sports fan of college and professional teams and enjoyed working in his yard and cooking. He loved to travel and frequented Mexico to escape the cold winters and developed many friendships there as well. Bill was a generous man and gave of himself. He started volunteering and joined the Red Cross, traveling to New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina arrived in 2005. Bill served meals and supervised kitchen staff, calling on his restaurant experience, making his family and friends very proud. Later Bill became very active at the Alton Senior Center organizing meals and providing essential services.
Our family’s heartfelt appreciation goes out to all his caregivers at Edgewood Centre and the many friends who supported us with kind words and remembrances. Bill requested no services; please consider honoring his memory by contributions to your favorite charity in his name. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Wakefield, RI will be private.