Charles (Chappy) Chapman of East Burke, Vt., died suddenly on Sunday, May 26, 2019. He was 75.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1944 in Chatham, N.Y. to the late Ellsworth and Doris (Burrows) Chapman. Following high school graduation, he was drafted by the Army. During his service in Vietnam he received a number of medals and awards.

After returning from Vietnam, Charlie attended Lyndon State College and found himself bartending on the Vineyard between semesters. Some of his favorite memories were working at the Boston House for Tubby Rebello and for Buster and Richie at Giordano’s Restaurant.

Charlie returned to the Island in the 1980s to build houses with Chip Yerkes. He met his wife Barbara on the Vineyard and they moved to Vermont.

In Vermont Charlie taught driver’s education. After retiring from teaching he drove his school bus for the students at Burke Town School. He was a proud member of the Caledonia County Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; son Chad; sister Lois Brown; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service is planned for July 2 at 11 a.m. at the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown, officiated by the Rev. Sharon Eckhardt, with a Masonic funeral service provided by the Oriental-Martha’s Vineyard Masonic Lodge and military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.