Richard J. Chaput, of Kingston, age 78, loving son of the late Victor J. and Ella B. (Stowell) Chaput, passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2014, at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, N.H., after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Marie E. (Ricker) for more than 51 years, who predeceased him in 2013. Devoted father of Victor Chaput Sr. and wife Laura, of Ferrisburgh, Vt.,; Donna Meuse and husband Vincent, of Kingston, N.H.; Richard R. Chaput and wife Dianna, of Parsonfield, Maine; and Barbara Boucher and husband Arnold, of Merrimac, Mass. He was predeceased by his daughter Cheryl Eastman, and remained close to his son-in-law, Rick, of Merrimac, Mass. Survived by siblings Barbara McCorkle and husband James; Russell Chaput and wife Louise; Robert Chaput and wife Joyce; Victoria Jean and husband David; and Shirley Blackey. He is also survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Anyone who knew him was touched by his kind and caring ways, and he was often heard whistling a happy tune. His family and friends will all miss him dearly.
Richard was born in Haverhill, Mass., and graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, along with his daughter Cheryl in 1975. He lived in Haverhill and Merrimac, working as a paver then a salesman for the Fuller Brush Co. He moved to Maine in 1972 on a "big adventure" with Marie and his children to start a coffee service company, Modern Age Beverage Service, which was successful for many years. MABS was eventually bought out by ARAMark, and in 1988 he returned to Merrimac with Marie, and enjoyed several more years of working alongside her at his daughter and son-in-law's business, Advanced Laundry Service.
He was a member of the Lions Club for more than 35 years, both in Winslow, Maine, and Merrimac, Mass. He served as president, vice president, tail twister and secretary, and in appreciation for his many years of service to the organization he was named a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2005.
The fellowship honors the founder of Lions Club International, and is the highest form of recognition conferred by the foundation. In addition, he was a faithful supporter of the Korean War Veterans chapter in Haverhill, Mass., of which his older brother Russell is a proud member.
Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers and Sons Funeral Home, Merrimac, Mass.
Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share remembrances with the family from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. on Feb. 5, 2014, at at the funeral home, followed by burial at Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill, Mass.
The family wishes to thank the many staff at Epping Health and Exeter Hospitals, for their devoted care and concern for Richard. In lieu of flowers, please honor him with donations to your local Lions Club. Their mission was a lifelong passion for him.