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“To The Family of Gardner Chapman:My sincerest condolences on the loss of a great man. He helped my children (Ralph Anderson and Terry and David...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: LeeAnn Daigle - Manchester, CT

“MARINE...Few Earn The Title, "United States Marine"...Once Earned They Are a "Marine Forever"...When They Die, Their Honor Clean, They appear before...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Dutch - CO

“My sympathies and condolences on the passing of a great man...I will miss waving and saying hello to Mr. Chapman as we crossed paths. RIP Gardner...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Linda - Ellington

“With our deepest sympathy. We have known and worked with Gardner for many years. He was a great person to have as a friend. He will be missed by many. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Roy Crabb - Boothbay, ME

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Gardner. I had the privilege of working for him for several years. He was a good man and will be missed. With my...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Faraday - East Windsor, CT


6 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Faraday - East Windsor, CT

“I worked for Gardner For 6 years when I was Younger. He was the best boss I ever had. One of the smartest,Hardest working guys with a ton of...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: John Gaffney - Tolland, CT

“Gardner and I became friends many years ago while working in the sheet metal trade. Our long rides to Torrington in his Volkswagen gave us time to...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Ronald Edwards - Ellington, CT

“The whole world has suffered a great loss.... Thank you, GC, for allowing us to be a part of your amazing legacy!Marlon & LeslieCarrollton...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Leslie Petty

“I met Gardner when I WAS 16 YRS old he was 20 the top mechanic at Joe Toths gas station on rt 83. He was allways ready to help any one of us in our...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“I had the honor to meet this wonderful man back In November of 2009 when I was interviewed by him and Sharon Cassidy . He was a very wonderful and...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Shelby Rodarte - Meridian, ID

“I was so sorry to hear of Gardner's passing. His vision and energy is legendary. He envisioned and built Hockanum Crossing, one of the greatest...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Larry Shaffer - Portage, MI

“Gardner was a great man, generous, kind ,and a fair minded man.He gave me my first job when i started my business some years ago and treated me well...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so sorry for your families loss. I worked for Gardner at Johnny Appleseed when he had the little store .. he was a great boss and I will never...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Jayne Niemann - Dayville, CT

“Our thoughts are with Gardner's family on your loss. We send our sympathies from SW Florida. May the passage of time ease your sorrow and allow focus...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Bill & Mary McGurk

“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: American Heart Association

“With sympathy during this difficult time. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

“I will miss our many musings, sitting together at Rein's. Gardner would often remind me how helpful my Dad had been to him, when he first started...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Lavitt - Coventry, CT


Gardner L. Chapman, 86, of Ellington, beloved husband of Nora (Adams) Chapman, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Carrollton, Texas. Born in Manchester, the son of the late Mahlon and Esther (Lord) Chapman, he was a lifelong resident of Ellington. Gardner proudly served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He spent his tour of duty in Honolulu, Hawaii, and he claimed he fought the war there, and said that it was the best time of his life. He started his own building contractor business in 1963, and he built, owned, and managed several apartment complexes in Ellington, Fort Worth and Carrollton, Texas. He loved what he did, and he was still working until the day of his passing. Gardner also was the founder of Johnny Appleseed orchards in Ellington, and he proudly claimed that he was a distant relative. He enjoyed skiing and meeting everyday with the Breakfast Club at Rein's Deli. Gardner was a 50 year member of the Ellington Congregational Church. In addition to his wife Nora, he is survived by two sons, Sumner Chapman and his wife Shelly, and Clifton Chapman and his wife Marcia, all of Ellington; four grandchildren, Matthew, Steven, Tyler, and Jason; two step-sons, Christopher Adams and his wife Mary Jo of East Hartford, and Timothy Adams and his wife Katherine of Ellington; six step-grandchildren, Daniel and his wife Raquel of Manchester, Sean, Connor, and Kallista of East Hartford, and Julianna and Katherine of Ellington; a step great granddaughter, Ellanora; two sisters, Priscilla Thomas of Greensboro, NC, and Dorothy Carney and her husband Richard of Naperville, IL; his longtime dear friend, Matthew Allen of Ellington; his former wife, Barbara Chapman of Ellington, and many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. Gardner also leaves behind his beloved German Shepard, Lacey. He was predeceased by his sister, Lois Knerr, and his step-son, Jay Paul Adams. A service of celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Ellington Congregational Church, 72 Main Street, Ellington. Interment will follow in Ellington Center Cemetery with military honors. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gardner's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home is Vernon is caring for the arrangements. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com