September 27, 1963 – August 31, 2018
Please join Bob’s family and friends in celebration of his life at the Castlegar Community Complex’s Selkirk room at 6:30 PM this Friday (September 21). This will be a potluck informal celebration with beverage service provided.
Bob was predeceased by father Larry Chapman, sadly missed by mother Shirley Chapman of Grimsby Ontario, daughter Riley Chapman of Vancouver BC and Riley’s mother, Joanne Rushby, Bob’s partner for 28 years. Bob is survived by brother Ron Chapman, sisters Donna Chapman and Diane Wiersma (Dennis) and nieces and nephew, Tracey Wiersma, Rachel Wiersma, Karen Wiersma, and Trevor Wiersma (Kim).
Bob was born and raised in Grimsby. He and Joanne moved to British Columbia in 1994. Bob attended Selkirk Community College and earned a diploma in wildlife technology. He began working with RL&L Environmental Services as a fish and wildlife technician in the mid 1990’s. Bob’s career advanced as he became a Registered Professional Biologist and took on many major projects as a Crew Leader. He later became a manager of the Castlegar office following RL&L’s merging with Golder Associates Ltd. While with Golder, Bob became an Associate with the firm and was appointed manager of Golder’s BC Biological Section. After his departure from the company in 2016, Bob continued to work as a private consultant until his passing. As a private consultant, Bob was able to return to the fieldwork that he enjoyed and at which he was exceptionally talented.
Bob was an avid curler and golfer, and an active member of the Castlegar Rotary Club. Bob loved the outdoors and enjoyed paddling, cross- country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking with his dogs and many friends. He was an avid birder and enjoyed bird watching trips and owl surveys, particularly with his daughter Riley when she was young.