Published in the January 6, 2017 edition.

Chipman-obit-webMELROSE — Walter C. Chipman, 89, of Melrose, died at the Golden Living Center-The Elmhurst in Melrose on Dec. 31.

Walter was born and raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1945. After high school, Walter served his country as a bodyguard for General MacArthur in the U.S. Army during World War II in Japan.

After returning from World War II, Walter resided in Melrose for 50 years and worked as a carpenter, foreman and business representative for the Carpenters Union Local #218 for 27 years.

Walter was an honest family man whose children and grandchildren were the most important part of his life. He enjoyed going on cruises to the Caribbean, smoking his cigars on his deck and spending his time with his family.

Walter was the loving father of Gary Chipman and his wife Maureen of New Hampshire and John A. “Jackie” Chipman of Colorado. He was the cherished grandfather of Andrea and Matthew Chipman. He was the former husband of the late Rose Marie (Lux) D’Attilio.

Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m.

Burial in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Rd., Canton, MA 02021.

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