Roger Dean Chapell
HARTFORD — Roger Dean Chapell, 71, of 36 Oakland Terrace, Hartford, passed away May 13, 2022, after being stricken at his home. He was born February 24, 1951, in Hartford, son of the late Richard Chapell and Elaine Coulthard.
Roger graduated from the Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village in 1970 and then went on to the University of Connecticut and earned a bachelor’s degree in music. He spent many years providing private lessons in classical, flamenco and modern guitar. He also performed on the lute with the Amherst Musical Festival Early Opera Series and guitar with the Connecticut Society Guitar Ensemble. Roger had written works for orchestra and was the former president of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale and performed in many concerts with this organization. He was also a graduate of Wesleyan University and earned a master’s degree in history/culture of social policy. Roger was also a former employee of the Windham Regional Community Counsel Social Service Organization.
In his early life, Roger enjoyed reading classic books, fishing and traveling. One of his greatest thrills was to have been able to meet Andrés Segovia, one of the greatest classical guitarists of all time. He attended one of Segovia’s concerts and, after the performance, the two chatted and Segovia asked Roger to play for him. Segovia was impressed with Roger’s technique, style and flair.
Roger is survived by his two brothers, Randy R. Chapell of Salisbury, and Glen Chapell of Lakeville; his sister Sherri Murphy of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Roger was predeceased by his sister Darlene Chapell. He is also survived by his stepmother Ruth Gilhooly of North Canaan, and seven stepbrothers and stepsisters: Katherine Wingard of Valatie, New York; Steven Wingard of Cottekill, New York; Rebecca Stucke of Swanton, Vermont; Jerri Wingard of Raymond, Maine; Terri Bunce of North Canaan; Jayne Ridgway of Cornwall and Russell Wingard of Falls Village.
Funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home, 118 Main Street, Canaan, CT 06018.
Donations in Roger’s memory, honoring his and our father, can be made to The ALS Association (www.donate.ALS.org).