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UPDATE: Friends & family bid emotional farewell to ‘Truckman’ Chapman

Relatives and friends bid an emotional farewell to 17-year-old Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman today, January 12, 2014 at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church. Photo: VINO
Tear stained faces filled the pews of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Carrot Bay today January 12, 2014, as hundreds of persons, including close friends and relatives gathered at a thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman. Photo: VINO
Tear stained faces filled the pews of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Carrot Bay today January 12, 2014, as hundreds of persons, including close friends and relatives gathered at a thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman. Photo: VINO
The small church was unable to adequately accommodate the many that turned out to pay their final respects to the departed and accommodation had to be extended to the roadway. Photo: VINO
The small church was unable to adequately accommodate the many that turned out to pay their final respects to the departed and accommodation had to be extended to the roadway. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
The booklet cover for the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
The booklet cover for the Thanksgiving service held for the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church today, January 12, 2014. Photo: VINO
Jo-vahn Alex Chapman aka Truckman died in a road accident involving the motorcycle he was riding at the time and a taxi bus on December 31, 2013. Photo: Provided
Jo-vahn Alex Chapman aka Truckman died in a road accident involving the motorcycle he was riding at the time and a taxi bus on December 31, 2013. Photo: Provided
Jo-vahn Alex Chapman aka Truckman was a student of the Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: Provided
Jo-vahn Alex Chapman aka Truckman was a student of the Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: Provided
Jo-vahn Alex Chapman aka Truckman with family members in happier days. Photo: Provided
Jo-vahn Alex Chapman aka Truckman with family members in happier days. Photo: Provided
CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI – Tear stained faces filled the pews of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Carrot Bay today January 12, 2014, as hundreds of persons, including close friends and relatives, gathered at a thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of Jo-vahn A. Chapman aka Truckman.

Chapman’s life came to a tragic and abrupt end when a motorcycle he was reportedly riding collided with a taxi bus on December 31, 2013 in the vicinity of Slaney.

Jo-vahn is survived by his parents, Sgt. Joseph A. Chapman Sr. and Wanda Joseph, four brothers and four sisters, as well as, numerous other relatives and friends.

The small church was unable to adequately accommodate the many that turned out to pay their final respects to the departed and accommodation had to be extended to the roadway, causing motorists to detour through alternate routes.

Several youths wore t-shirts decorated with images of Jo-vahn or his nickname, ‘Truckman’ in tribute to his memory as they tried valiantly to hold back the tears that came with the terrible loss of the former Elmore Stoutt High School student.

Tributes poured in from family members, friends and teachers who expressed regret and sadness at the sudden loss of Jo-vahn.

His father, Joseph A. Chapman Sr., said his son’s loss left a hole in his heart and noted that he never got the chance to say goodbye. Meanwhile, his mother, Wanda also expressed similar regret and related that she was still in shock at his passing.

Also in attendance at the service were Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn; First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie; Commissioner of Police Mr. David Morris; and Acting Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School Mr. Wade W. Tobin, among other prominent members of society.

Interment of the body followed at the Donovan’s family cemetery in Carrot Bay. The funeral service was presided over by Pastor Howard J. Simon.

See previous story posted January 10, 2014:

Father of motor cycle accident victim – “Wear helmet it’s not too heavy”

- Lad to be buried on Sunday January 12, 2014 at Carrot Bay

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI – In the midst of mourning the loss of his son to a motorcycle accident, Mr. Joseph A. Chapman has issued a soul deep call to persons especially youths, to wear a helmet when using motorcycles.

“I want to plead with you young people, even if your parents don’t know that you’re riding a motorcycle and you are doing it, I am appealing to you to wear a helmet, it’s not too heavy for your head wear it.”

This is an advice Mr. Chapman said that he wished he had the opportunity to give his son Jo-vahn Alex Chapman aka Truckman, who tragically lost his life in an accident on December 31, 2013.

Speaking exclusively with Virgin Islands News Online earlier today January 10, 2014, Mr. Chapman said that while he knew his son was a rude boy in some ways, he said his son was never rude to him and he had no idea he rode motorcycles.

“We try our best with our children, we teach them to be honest and open with us but children will be children and sometimes go out there and do things that we never expect them to do and that was the case with my son…I tell you the truth I never knew my son had ever set foot on a motorcycle until this (the accident) happened,” said the hurt father.

He said that he has fathered seven other children of his own all of whom have been very successful. “Look five of them have gone off on their own. I have the two in High School, one just out of the Navy, one in the Air force, one is a pilot and one works at Harneys. All my children including Jevorn were raised well despite what the people are saying out there, but children sometimes do things and in this case my son did and died.”

He noted that loosing his 17-year old son to a road accident, he intends to hold awareness sessions along with other parents in his community on road safety. “I don’t want another parent, friend, relative, peer to feel the pain I am feeling now so after the funeral I plan that I will go out there with others and hold awareness sessions,” said Mr. Chapman.

He said the funeral is set for Sunday January 12, 2014. The viewing and funeral service will commence at 9:00 through 11:00 hrs at the Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church followed by interment at the Donovan’s family cemetery in Carrot Bay. The funeral service will be presided over by Pastor Howard J. Simon.

“It’s hard for me, I really love my son, he was a good boy despite the rude part of him, I will miss my son we all will miss him. He followed peers and now he is gone from us, but we will get by, he is gone from us,” said the saddened father.

Jo-vahn A. Chapman was pronounced dead at Peebles Hospital on December 31, 2013 following a collision between a motor scooter he was riding and a taxi bus. Chapman reportedly suffered internal injuries and loss of blood before passing away. His dad confirmed today that he died as a result of head injuries and he had also suffered a broken foot.

Several persons, groups, organizations and institutions have since reached out to the family in several ways. Shane M. Winter, owner and founder member of ‘The Movement’ was among those. Mr. Winter told this news site that last weekend he held a Back to School event at his G Spot facility and funds raised were donated to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

“The youth was a very close friend of my son, they were really close. I thought in honour of that friendship that I should try to assist the family in whatever small way I can so I had the fund raiser and I give the cash to Chapee (Mr Chapman),” said Mr. Winter.

 

22 Responses to “UPDATE: Friends & family bid emotional farewell to ‘Truckman’ Chapman”

  • w d (10/01/2014, 14:28) Like (4) Dislike (55) Reply
    He play like he is it look what happen to him look on young people
  • rattie (10/01/2014, 14:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is so sweet I admisea all the sadness he can turn it into a positive rip truck man
  • Jahmark (10/01/2014, 14:52) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Chappie, I know you stand by your kids through thick and thin. Sorry for your loss. RIP truckman
  • We say (10/01/2014, 14:53) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sarge I feel your pain. The words you spoke are very true. We see these young people everyday but we sometimes are afraid to approach them. I wish you well and gods blessing on the family. He will see you through. RIP Jevorn. Mr. Winter I hope you are taking the opportunity to speak with your stone. It takes one small stone to set off the largest ripple effect. Young people please listen to your elders. We were once young too.
  • A Mother (10/01/2014, 16:13) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Chap I cannot say I feel your pain I can just imagine what you are going through, those words are from your heart and I am very saddened at your loss I trust that god will grant you, his mom and the rest of the family and friends comfort.
  • Concern 1 (10/01/2014, 16:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Chapman I am glad that you are willing to use this opportunity to turn your sadness into something worthwhile of imparting well grounded knowledge and experience to our young generation.yes changing a negative to a positive and that how we sometimes learn in life. Thanks so much
  • JACK BE STILL (10/01/2014, 16:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad all around but God is love
  • zoe (10/01/2014, 18:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    his dad is a strong person.

  • Raw digger (10/01/2014, 21:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boi in times like this turn to The Lord only the almighty can comfort u n ur family as a mother of four I'm always finding myself telling my oldest son u are Ur own person friends will carry u but not bring u back (company nor) I really believe u sagt. When u say I didnt know ....... I really feel Ur pain RIP Truckman
  • K (10/01/2014, 21:56) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to the family.

    There is a possible business idea for a local young person who looking things to do, a safety gear shop selling cool helmets, jackets, boots, and other safety things for all sports
  • rip (11/01/2014, 01:57) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    I am sorry to hear about your lost. I will like to suggest to the government to put a band on these cycles. They are killing off our young children. I am happy that the dad know his child. Like he said we can get them but we cannot raise them. I would suggest to the dad and all the others involved to do a foundation in honor of all your young lads that went to soon. Could be in the form of a scholarship so we have help to educate these young people. These young guys need to learn a sense of responsibility. I remember a few days ago, I had to slam on my brakes to prevent one of these very guys from running me down. This was on New Year's Day. The death of this young men do not mean anything to these young people. They still doing stupid stuff on the road. Again my condolence to the family and everyone who is moaning he lost of these people. RIP in piece my
    • Truth (11/01/2014, 14:32) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Your requesting a ban on something that requires proper training and common sense to use? Take a look at ALL the scooter accidents and compare the amount of deaths that were attributed to wreckless riding, cutting between cars etc…. These teens wreckless and care free behavior start at home with the complete lack of discipline, NO EXCUSES. Parents here are worthless if they cant bend a child over and put a stick to them backside with out fear of a rebelling child. The behavior will then be transferred to everything they do, wait till them start driving cars….. you gon ban them too? Accidents DO happen and such is life but nature knows no sympathy for the man ignorant of her laws. TEACH YOUR KIDS THE VALUe OF LIFE, TEACH THEM WHO THEY ARE AND GIVE THEM SOME BACKBONE.
    • ok (12/01/2014, 20:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't agree with you. People have to be responsible in any and everything they do. People use scooters every day worldwide for transportation. Do you see the Philipinos going on with any crap on the street with their scooters. Go to Bermuda, there are possibly more scooters than cars, but guess what? People have to love their own lives and have respect for their own lives. If you don't love you, who will?
  • bay yute (11/01/2014, 06:17) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    What a handsome youth RIP
  • tom cat (11/01/2014, 08:28) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    see only vino could get the inside scoop..great job guys!!! to the family god will be your ever present help in troubles
  • Humble Bee (11/01/2014, 14:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    God alone knows the path that each of us take, moment by moment. We must turn our palms to see the back of our hands. God alone sees the entire picture. My condolences to the bereaved family. God knows your pain and time will heal your pain.
  • rip (12/01/2014, 09:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip trucklord
  • fat man (12/01/2014, 18:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Happy to see the support for his dad from rvipf
  • shaqi (12/01/2014, 19:25) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    boi it was so hard to watch you go 6 feet under i cried so much today truckman only god know why you left us so early but we love and and miss you until we meet agin RIP TRUCKMAN
  • west end (12/01/2014, 23:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i am still full of tears
  • ME KI (13/01/2014, 18:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Truckman was a close friend to me.Any time i was angry he would always put a smile on my face.he would neva leave a friend hanging,MAN jus watching your body in the coffin had my head spinning, putting you in the ground made my heart broke in millions of pieces. i went home still asking the question (why). my heart goes out to the family and other friends....till we meet again # R.I.P truckman u will always be in my heart <3 <3 :(


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