Dedicated David was 'absolute gentleman'

PUBLISHED: 06:30 08 July 2016

David Chapman

David Chapman

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An Exmouth councillor, who has died aged 71, has been described as ‘one of life’s good guys’.

David Chapman, a member of Exmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council (EDDC), was ‘respected throughout the community’ for his work.

Having spent his early years in Poole and developed a love for being on the water, David joined the Merchant Navy after studying at West Buckland School in North Devon. As a qualified navigation officer, he sailed across the world with Shell tankers.

He married his wife, Maddy, in 1968 and began working for the Commercial Union before joining Lloyds Bank, a job that would see the couple live in Reading, Birkenstead, Exmouth and Plymouth. David rose to be area manager with the bank while working in the South West.

David and Maddy later returned to Exmouth, where he became very active in the community and was elected in 2007 to the town and district councils, for Brixington ward.

He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015, and during his nine years of service worked hard to improve the town and his local area.

He was town council finance chairman for three years, and also previously chaired the Brixington Improvement Group. He was the current member champion for sports at EDDC, where he worked to improve sports pitch facilities. An active sportsman in his younger days, he was an enthusiastic lifelong follower of rugby and cricket.

Maddy, who was Mayor of Exmouth from 2015 to 2016, said: “He was diagnosed with liver cancer in March - it was very aggressive, yet he faced it with bravery and his great sense of humour.

“He was an absolute gentleman, a proud father and grandfather and respected throughout the community for his dedication and hard work. We have sadly lost one of life’s good guys.”

David is survived by his wife Maddy, his son Nick and wife Anna, and three grandsons, Aaron, Tom and Oliver. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 12, at 2pm at Holy Trinity Church, followed by a private cremation in Exeter.

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