Kingston, NH — Richard J. Chaput of Kingston, 78, loving son of the late Victor J. and Ella B. (Stowell) Chaput, passed away peacefully on January 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, and who predeceased him in 2013. He was the 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. He is 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 as 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. 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. 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, of which his older brother, Russell, is a proud member.