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John J. Chapla

d. November 28, 2018

John J. Chapla, much loved son of the late John J. and Helen K. Chapla of New Britain, CT passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 with family and friends at his side. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Betsy Konopka Chapla.
John graduated from St. Mary's School, and then attended Pulaski High School in New Britain. He played Little League baseball during the summers, and was a pitcher for a number of years. He also developed a love of fishing, frequenting many local ponds and lakes, and the Farmington River. He spent four years in the Marine Corps, and lived on the West coast for a few years, before moving back to New Britain. John then met Betsy, his soulmate and the love of his life, and they wed in November 1982.
A resident of Elizabethtown for 35 years, John was a self-employed carpenter and craftsman. He especially loved the North Country, and was an avid fisherman and hunter, and excelled at smoking or grilling his catches. It was always entertaining to hear about his escapades, and you could never be sure of what the ending would be or the punch line until he got the last word in - which would probably be followed by “How do you like me now?”.
When his children (son Joey and daughter Heather) were young, the family enjoyed the natural beauty of the area, with jaunts to Lincoln Pond, Split Rock Falls, Lake Champlain and Lake George. They had a blast with their boat, and water sports were enjoyed by all. Over the years, the family had a menagerie of pets, with their all time favorite dog being Scout, commemorated with a plaque on the deck. The deck was a favorite place with family and friends, where, day or night, the views were spectacular, in addition to an occasional fireworks display.
Left to cherish John's memory are his son, John J. (Joey) Chapla, Heather Ann Walsh, son in law Steve, and grandson Oliver of Goose Creek, SC, his sister, Paula, of Seymour, CT, dear friends Myrt Scupien of Putnam, and Bob Ford, Matt Morris, Jerry and Vern, and a multitude of cousins.
While John requested “no services” be held for his passing, his family would like to recognize his life. A Celebration of John will be held at his home on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Friends are welcome to attend, and it suggested that you dress weather appropriately. We will trade stories and tales as we reminisce and celebrate.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court Street, Elizabethtown.
To light a memorial candle or leave an online condolence please visit www.healdfuneralhomeinc.com
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