Boston Police Lieutenant
Michael A. Chapman
Of Norwood longstanding resident of Hyde Park, passed away early Wednesday morning September 12th, 2018 in the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 57.
Born on September 4, 1961 in Cambridge; beloved son of the late Frank R. Chapman and Elizabeth A. (Costa) Chapman, Michael was raised in the Readville section of Hyde Park in Boston; moving to Norwood 3 years ago.
Lieutenant Chapman was appointed a Boston Police Officer on July 20, 1987 and was assigned to District C-11. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996 and assigned to District B-3. On June 3, 1998 he was reassigned to the Boston Police Academy as an instructor and served as the Academy Registrar. On September 5, 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and remained assigned to the Police Academy. He served in that assignment as the Executive Officer, taught constitutional law and was the department’s representative to the Municipal Police Training Committee. He was assigned to the Boston Police Academy at the time of his passing.
Lieutenant Chapman received numerous commendations for his dedicated service as a Police Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant during his 31 year career and was highly regarded by those he worked with and the hundreds of Recruits and other members who trained at the Boston Police Academy over the last 20 years.
For Michael life revolved around the three F's; his family, his friends and his faith. The single most important aspect of his life revolved around his daughters. He lived life for them, always involved in their activities growing up. He attended dance recitals every sporting event. He was caring, playful, and fun loving. They shared a common bond and sweet tooth; he enjoyed immensely their annual trips to the "Yummies" candy store in Maine. He was adventurous and dare devil; always the one to take the kids on the roller coasters. He challenged the kids to strive to do their best.
If it was about family then it was about his faith in his God and it revolved around his parish of Saint Anne's Church in Readville, where he served as Lector and Usher for many years. He attended school as a young boy at Saint Anne's elementary school and went on to Don Bosco High School. Through it all he kept a strong faith and connection to his parish over the years. He volunteered for any and every charitable event for the church and counted the collections for the church every Sunday. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. His faith in his God help him through the brightest and darkest days of his life.
By his own nature, Mike had the ability to earn the respect and admiration of many of his colleagues, whom he considered many to be his closest friends. He loved to spend time with his friends watching sports especially following the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriot's. He enjoyed golfing but had a passion for playing trivia. He played on numerous trivia teams and could often be found at Lewis Restaurant & Grill in Norwood for trivia night. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mike is survived by his devoted & loving daughters Michaela Chapman of Canton and Deirdra Chapman of Mansfield, his former wife, best friend and loving companion Kathy Senior-Chapman, and his dear siblings Cynthia Higgins and her husband Dan of Hyde Park and Marc Chapman of Hyde Park. In addition he is survived by both extended Costa and Chapman families, many nieces and nephews and the continued relations with the Senior family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday Sept. 17th at Saint Anne's Church, 78 W. Milton Street, Readville at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury. Visiting Hours will be held at the Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home, 22 Oak St., HYDE PARK on Sunday from 2 - 6 p.m. Relatives & Friends invited to attend.