Stuart William CHAPMAN(G53-56)
On 13 December 2003 aged 63. A private funeral was held in St Mary the Virgin, Martham on 23 December 2003 followed by a Memorial Service in the afternoon.
Charles Wharton OF writes:
The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Martham was packed for the Memorial Service to Stuart Chapman, who died on 13th December 2003.
Amongst the congregation were several O.F’s including Stuart’s two sons James and Michael, his nephew Mark Baumann, Charles and Ed Wharton, John Kerr, Michael and John Fuller, Jeremy Hitcham, John Reader and Nick Gowing.
Michael Fuller read the lesson and there were readings by Michael Chapman and Jeremy Hitcham.
Stuart left Duncan Hall School near Great Yarmouth and at the age of thirteen went to Framlingham into Garrett House. He enjoyed most sports but his great love was show jumping and on a couple of occasions stabled his horse in Framlingham so that he could compete at Framlingham Show.
Leaving Framlingham for Writtle Agricultural College he gained his National Diploma in Agriculture and then returned home to run the farm and enable his Father to spend more time on the cattle side of the business, showing, breeding and judging.
He played an enormous part in the business and social side of the local community, was also well known as a farm judge and was a steward at the Royal Norfolk Show for 40 years. He started as Cattle Steward, the Grand Ring and finally Head Steward of all the Driving Classes.
Among other responsibilities he was for many years Secretary and finally Chairman of Fleggmart – the local pea, bean and sugar beet group, Chairman of the local drainage board, a Parish Councillor and School Governor.
He won the Champion Farm Competition in Norfolk sponsored by the Aylsham Show and the Norfolk Show Barley Cup several times. A keen shot, he looked after the Rollesby Shoot himself and a lover of nature he improved the wild life and woods and dykes out of all recognition.
Both at Framlingham and Writtle and throughout his whole life he met many people who became life long friends and who enjoyed his generous hospitality especially at his home at Clarkes Farm.
He leaves a widow Janet whom he married in 1965 and two sons, James and Michael, who both farm and who were both at the College in Garrett House.