Mom was born in Hastings, ON and at an early age her mother was institutionalized in a nursing home. Mom, along with her now late brother Joe (Jean) Chapman and late sister Andre (Bill Hay) were placed in the care of extended family.
Not long after that Mom hitched a ride to Moncton, N.B. with her cousin Tom and Sidie Reid. Mom soon got a job at the CAF No. 5 Supply Depot in Moncton. She loved the job involving inventory management and was rising in the workforce until one day her supervisor called her into his office and said they were letting her go. A man wanted her job and he had a family.
Mom persevered and went on to work at various retail jobs on Main St. including Clogg’s Jewellers and Woolworth’s.
Every morning while standing at the bus stop waiting to go to work Mom noticed this tall baby-faced guy walking by. The problem was he never stopped to say hello. Mom vowed to her friends that if he did that again she was going to step up and hit him. As fate would have it, Ralph Black passed her by the next day without saying a word and Mom hit him. According to Dad, hit him hard. My brother Brian & I are very fortunate that Mom connected with that punch.
Both Mom & Dad were Blessed with a strong Faith their entire life. The problem now was how’s a good Catholic girl going to continue with this guy from St. John’s United. They decided to join St. George’s Anglican Church and were married there on Oct. 23rd, 1954. Mom & Dad left St. George’s for a while to help establish the new St. Phillip’s Anglican Church. However, they found their way back to St. George’s and remained strong supporters of Rev. Chris VanBuskirk.
Mom loved to play bridge and did so for many years. As a young boy, I was amazed at how these ladies could multitask playing cards while at the same time solving all the world’s problems.
Mom was also a lifetime member of The Sir Charles G.D. Robert’s Chapter of the I.O.D.E. For a number of years our family was ‘volunteered’ to help with the setup of the annual Y.W.C.A. Quilt Fair. I couldn’t help but notice that the husbands were particularly focused on doing exactly as they were told. I remember one time telling Ralph Belyea that if he didn’t like how that quilt was displayed, he should say so. I remember him looking at me wide-eyed in response while slowly shaking his head no.
Mom also was a long-time member of the Moncton Hospital Auxiliary and frequently volunteered at the Pantry Plus in the Medical Arts Building next to the hospital. All the staff working in both buildings would be frequently advised as to how healthy their choices were for breaks and lunch. Mom would always admonish Dr. Sheldon Ruben for his choices and the response was always, “Yes dear, I’ll get that salad the next time”.
However, Mom’s major focus was caring for the firm of Ralph, Brian & David. At this Mom excelled and we were truly Blessed.
Mom passed away Jan. 14th, 2022, while on the 5100 Unit of The Moncton Hospital. Brian & I both spent as much time as we possibly could visiting there and are eternally grateful for the great care, empathy and humour all of the staff provided us under some extremely difficult conditions. On that fateful day there was an impending snowstorm bearing down on Moncton. Mom was able to find Peace late that afternoon while at the same time providing enough time for both her boys to get safely back home. Until the end, always a Mom.
Due to the difficult times we’re now all facing there’ll be no visitation or funeral service. Interment will be at Grey’s Island Cemetery, in Hillsborough, NB at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Memorial Fund – St. George’s Anglican Church located at 51 Church St. Moncton, NB E1C 4Z3 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of
Passage Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center
625 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB E1C 2P1 – (506) 855-1145