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Michael Thomas Chapel

September 12, 1960 ~ November 21, 2018 (age 58)

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November 28, 2018

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Potter Funeral Home
456 Jackson St.
Willimantic, CT 06226

Funeral Service
November 29, 2018

10:00 AM
Hampton Congregational Church
263 Main St.
Hampton, CT 06247

Michael Thomas Chapel, 58, of Hampton, died at home on November 21, 2018. He was born in New London on September 12, 1960 to Clifford and Barbara Chapel.

Michael attended Hampton Consolidated School since Second Grade, followed by Parish Hill High School and then the Vo-Ag program at E.O. Smith High School, graduating in 1978. He completed his Associates Degree at the University of Connecticut, Ratcliff Hicks College of Agriculture in 1980.

Michael followed his interests in plants and landscaping with jobs at several local greenhouses. Ultimately, he started his own business, Chapel’s Greenhouse and Landscaping in 1983, which was a Hampton Landmark.  Gradually the plant aspect of his business gave way to the landscaping part. Michael was particularly proud of his patio and stone work. There are many examples of his work around Hampton.

Over the last twenty years, Michael became involved in politics within the town. He has been a Selectman for the last fifteen years, as well as serving on multiple boards and commissions. His commitment to the community was extensive, being involved in so many projects around town. He was instrumental in bringing the Mennonite culture to our town, assisting their families in so many ways. His commitment and friendship with the people of the town strengthened every day.

Michael enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys. He loved playing with children. He always had a story to tell and often lost track of time when telling those stories. He had a passion for helping others and found more enjoyment in giving than receiving as seen by the impact he had on all.

Michael is survived by his partner of 42 years, Lynn Burdick, and his two sons, Zachary and Nicholas. He also leaves his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Michael O’Connor, as well as siblings, Mark (Julie), Kevin (Roberta), Julia (Neal), Holly (Brad), and Jonathan (Suzanne). He leaves nieces and nephews, Tristyn, Shaelyn, Lauren, Catherine, William, and Levi. Michael will be missed by his best friend, Dave as well as Jagger, Pepper and Salty. Michael was predeceased by his father, Clifford.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St., Willimantic. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Hampton Congregational Church, 263 Main St. Hampton. Donations may be made to either Fletcher Memorial Library, P.O.  Box 6, Hampton, CT 06247 or Hampton/Chaplin Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 98, Hampton, CT 06247. For an online memorial guestbook, please visit


Charitable donations may be made to:

Fletcher Memorial Library
P.O. Box 6, Hampton CT 06247

Hampton-Chaplin Ambulance Corps
P.O. Box 98, Hampton CT 06247
Tel: 1-860-455-9660

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