FLORIAN MICHAEL CHAPMAN

January 23, 1989 – October 16, 2015

Words cannot begin to describe the boundless sorrow we feel at the loss of our young man, nor could they come close to describing the amazing person he was. Born in Matsqui and raised in Vernon, growing up on “the ranch”, the family’s working cattle ranch, Flo learned the ethic of hard work, speaking your truth, playing hard, and caring for your family and friends. Wise and honourable beyond his years, he also retained an innocence, an openness to listen and learn from others.

Flo graduated from Kalamalka Secondary School in 2007. His graduation present was a month long safari to southern Africa with his brother Dan. He told many stories, most of them harrowing, about that and other trips he and his family went on in Africa and other exotic locations. Flo loved the outdoors, and was passionate about his sports – snowmobiling, and dirt biking. He used his heavy equipment skills to build a world class dirt bike track on the ranch.

Flo was gentle, romantic, sensible (some would disagree when it came to his enthusiastic approach to his sports), incredibly strong, with a smile as big and honest as the sun, and passionate about his friends and the love of his life, Jillian May.

Jill and Flo loved to travel. They have a big hanging map of the world with coloured stickpins in Italy, Germany, Mexico, Hawaii, Egypt, Tanzania – places they went to together. It was on their trip to Zanzibar in 2014 that he proposed marriage to Jill.

Flo and Jillian married on August 2, 2015, a fairy tale wedding, the greatest party and celebration of their relationship, their families and friends.

Flo will always be loved and remembered by his wife Jillian; Chapman family members: Michaela, Veronika, Max, Dan, Oliver, Andre Bossers; and his extended family: Sigrid Faetsch (Oma), Manfred, Dagmar, Franzi and Simon Faetsch, all of Garmische, Germany; grandmother Joan Chapman; many extended family members and a world of great and true friends.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Friday, November 6, 2015, to be held at the Alliance Church in Vernon, commencing at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be happy if donations were made to the Hunter’s Range Snowmobile Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 4333. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com


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