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Edward Chapman Passes Away

February 19th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Edward "Bo" Chapman passed away Sunday January 16th following a collapse at the Annual Parish Meeting at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

In 1985 Chapman was called as rector of Emmanuel Parish in Cumberland, where he served until this past Sunday. He was the longest serving rector in this parish’s history.

Over the course of his 40 years as an ordained priest, he served as a reader for the General Ordination Exams of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, and acted as a Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church representing two dioceses. More recently, he was a member of a variety of diocesan committees and task forces in the Diocese of Maryland, including the Mission Strategy Board, Horizon committee, the transition committee for Suffragan bishop, and he also served on the board of the Claggett Center. He also was a professed Tertiary Order Franciscan, a spiritual discipline that was sustaining for and inspiring to him.

For 10 years, he taught Contemporary Social Ethics for the Philosophy Department at Frostburg State University, and he was also active in the civic life of the city of Cumberland as a member of the Town Management Board.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 16 Washington St., Cumberland, with the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland, and the Rt. Rev. Martin Townsend presiding.


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