Steve Chapo

Obituary of Steve Chapo


CHAPO, Steve

1933 - 2021

Strong hands…

tilled the land, raised a family, built a home, mended fences,

cheered on his grandchildren, helped those in need,

now rest in peace.


Steve Chapo passed away peacefully on the 29th day of January, 2021 in the arms of his loving wife, Maria, with whom he celebrated 64 years of marriage. Beloved father of Mary-Ann Costa (Tony), Cathy Meloche (Richard), Alison Klassen (Henry) and Steven Chapo. Proud Grandpa and Great Grandpa of Derek Meloche (Jessica) and their children Quinn and Carter, Craig Meloche (Andrea) and their children Addilyn and Kennedy, Casandra Finn (Brandon) and their children Blake and Brynley, Sarah Costa (John), Michael Costa (Katie), Jerry Klassen (Tracy) and their children Josh and Jenna, Laurie Klassen and her children Lauryn and Halle, Shane Klassen (Megan) and Spencer Klassen. Dearest brother of the late Anne Santo (late Steve) and Wilma Healy (late Ben) and the late Irene (1933) and brother-in-law of the late Johanna and William Van Bilsen, Mary Van Kessel and the late Anthony, Helen Burgess and the late Mel, Sandra Van Kessel and the late John, Terry Trahan (Rob) and the late Laurentius Van Kessel. Uncle Steve will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.

Steve was born in Lethbridge, Alberta to Anna and Joseph Chapo. He moved with his family to start farming in Merlin, eventually settling in Essex County where he farmed for many years while also working full time at Gen Auto Shippers. Steve served on the Planning Board for Colchester North, the Ontario Soybean and Wheat Producers’ Marketing Boards, was an usher at St. Clement Parish and a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and McGregor Knights of Columbus Branch 2844. Retirement allowed him to enjoy travel, a front row seat at all of his grandchildren’s sporting activities, community service, riding his bicycle, crop tours (not just on Sundays anymore) and even water skiing until the age of 70. One ski.

In addition to his family and friends, Steve loved his little red truck, Oreo cookies, banana cream pie, solving the world’s problems at the “office” with his Tim Horton’s friends, a straight furrow and nineteen dollar-a-bushel beans.

A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and the entire team at the Windsor Regional Hospital, Ouellette campus for their excellent and compassionate care of Steve during his stay.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no visitation. A private family service will be held at Reid Funeral Home, 87 Maidstone Ave., Essex (519-776-4233) and will be available to Livestream on Tuesday at 2 pm at where family and friends are also invited to share words of comfort and remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, memorial donations may be made to the McGregor St. Vincent De Paul where Steve was a long time volunteer.