OBITUARY: Chapman ‘Chappie’ H. Maxwell, 91, of Melbourne Passed Away Aug. 13

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Chapman worked for IBM for 37 years

Chapman (Chappie) H Maxwell, 91, of Melbourne passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021. He had recently been moved to Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital and was waiting on one of his daughters to “break him out of that place.”

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Chapman (Chappie) H. Maxwell, 91, of Melbourne passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021. He had recently been moved to Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital and was waiting on one of his daughters to “break him out of that place.”

Chappie was born in Jackson, Michigan on May 1, 1930, to Mary Helen and Linn Maxwell. He grew up in Jackson and surrounding areas until he met his lovely wife Patricia at a party in Chicago. They met on February 3 and were married the following August. They celebrated 65 years of marriage on August 11, of this year.

Chappie attended Michigan State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University, and was a teacher prior to joining IBM in 1957. He worked in various capacities for IBM for 37 years and then after a brief retirement, he worked for H&R Block for another 20 plus years. He finally retired in 2019.

In his younger days, he enjoyed tennis, racquetball, boating and fishing and most importantly of all, taking cruises and traveling. He was known for his sense of humor and loved to argue about politics and current events with his family and anyone who would listen to his “pronouncements”.

He is preceded in death by his son Michael J. Maxwell and his sister Janet Howe. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Patricia (Stewart); his daughter Judy Fiddler; son-in-law Dennis Fiddler; daughter Sally; sister Mary Lou (Jim) Martin; grandchildren Alecia (Josh) Cain, Jonah (Amber) Fiddler; great-grandchildren Jorden, Addisun, Nora, Wyatt; great-great-grandson Waylon; and a host of nieces, nephews and long time friends.

The family wishes to thank the health care workers at Palm Bay Hospital and Sea Pines who took such good care of him in his final days.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic, FL 32903 or the American Lung Association, 851 Outer Road, Orlando, FL 32814.

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