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Plaque in memory of community stalwart

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

PLAQUE: A memorial in tribute to the late Eric Chapman was unveiled by his son Gary at Coronation Park, Launceston.

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A PLAQUE has been unveiled in memory of Launceston community stalwart Eric Chapman.

Mr Chapman, who died in 2012, was closely involved in many aspects of the life of his home town, Launceston, with Coronation Park an open space he particularly cherished.

Eric had worked hard to ensure children's facilities were provided in the park and was instrumental in the provision of a beacon to mark the millennium.

He had been mayor of the town on four occasions, a member of North Cornwall District Council, and from 1964 to 1991 a member of the town's fire brigade.

From 1987 to his retirement he was the station officer, a position now held by his son Gary Chapman.

A plaque to honour his memory was unveiled at the weekend by Gary in the presence of family members, town councillors and Cornwall councillors.

Tony Sandercock, a trustee of the park who spoke in place of the chairman, David Gordon, who was unwell, paid tribute to Eric.

"He was chairman of the trustees for a number of years, and was very hands-on. He not only organised the firework displays, but bought the fireworks himself," he said.

He went on: "If something needed doing he would do it."

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