The Portland and district community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of one of its most respected former residents, Kelven Chapman at the age of 87.
Kelven was born at Portland, a son to Hubert and Doris Chapman.
He spent a major part of his life prior to moving to Warners Bay in 1986.
He was educated at St. Joseph’s School, Portland.
Upon leaving school at the age of 14, he worked in various positions including Thompson's General Store.
He moved to Newcastle for a short period then returned to Portland and took up work at the Portland Cement Works.
He then moved on to work in the mining industry, where he remained until his retirement.
He also worked at Portland RSL Club on a part time basis. Kelven was a very popular figure in Portland and was involved in many organisations.
He was a keen successful sportsman, playing rugby league, cricket, basketball, squash in Lithgow, tennis and lawn bowls.
He held life membership at Portland Bowling Club for his services.
A staunch unionist, Kelven held many positions in the union movement and always had the interest of his fellow workers at heart.
He was a keen gardener and loved travel and the outdoors.
A pleasant personality, friendly disposition and a willingness to assist people or organisations were all fine attributes which Kelven possessed.
Above all was a great love and caring for his family, they were of paramount importance to him and he always had their interests close to his heart.
He is survived by his two beloved children John and Anne, three grandchildren Keydan, Teila and Lacey, two sisters Julie and Vilma and brothers Garry and Dennis.
He was predeceased by his dear wife Esma, brother Darryl and sister Myrna.
Kelven leaves an indelible mark and will be long remembered.