Gordon Frederick “Skip” Chappell passed away peacefully on March 17, 2021, St. Patrick’s Day, his favorite holiday.

Skip was the son of the late Gordon and Marion Chappell. He was preceded in death by his wife Carole, his son Jason Wines, his sister Penni Westbrook, and “adopted nephew,” John A. Van Bergen.

He was survived by a large group of friends and family whom he loved dearly, including his son Jeff Wines; his daughter-in-law Debbie Horne; his granddaughter Kassie Wines, whom he was especially proud of; Skip’s brother-in-law Dan Westbrook; his nephews and their wives, Christian Anderson Westbrook and his wife Vesna Lubina Westbrook, and Adam Hartley Westbrook and his wife Kaily Smith Westbrook; his brother and sister-in-law Bob and Bonnie Luke; nephews and niece Justin, Stacey, and Cole Walker; as well as his special “adopted family” Peter and Jamie Van Bergen, along with their children Elizabeth E. Van Bergen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Luke P. Van Bergen (Santa Monica, Calif.).

Skip was born on March 13, 1949, in Massachusetts. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1966, and went on to graduate from Virginia Tech in 1971 with a degree in accounting. Skip grew to become an accomplished accountant, eventually owning his own firm.

In his free time he enjoyed traveling with his wife Carole, riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens with his granddaughter Kassie, and spending time and visiting with his friends and family throughout the United States.

Skip was an avid member of the Catholic church, attending Saint Bede Catholic Church as well as being a long-time board member of The Arc, a special organization in Williamsburg, where Skip lived. Skip later bought a home in Calabash, N.C., enjoying his retirement years at the beach.

Skip was known as a kind and gentle person who constantly had a smile on his face. He loved spending time with the people he cared for the most, and he will be missed by the many who were fortunate enough to know Skip.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188; the Arc, 150-D Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188; or the SPCA.

There will be a private service and celebration of life held at a later date. N-G

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