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Mike and Nancy Chapman

Michael Chapman

February 7, 2004


Michael Bradshaw Chapman was one of the first Catholic laymen to attend an RS1 weekend, here in Australia in 1968.  Ray Richmond was the Methodist minister in a small country town, Rylstone, five hours drive from Sydney. Mike and his wife Nan first came over to Chicago in 1973. During  the years that followed Mike and Nan went to many countries; visiting ICA projects.


For the last 2 years of his life Mike had been a volunteer with a Catholic Lay organisation-  living in a small village about an hour from Dili, East Timor.  He was very keen to offer his talents.   He was a skilled community developer, and trained the local people in just about anything – especially in mechanics.  He had only finished his two year sojourn on December 20, and flown back here to spend Christmas with Nan and his six children and their families. Mike died peacefully at his home at the breakfast table. Yesterday Jim and I and the Telfords and Richmonds were among a very large group of people at his funeral to say goodbye to him.
~~  Isobel Bishop

Nancy Chapman

Nov 30, 1935 – Nov 10, 2023


Memorial for Justin and Nancy 

Type in code: 7040 if Memorial does not play


Our family is sad to announce the passing of Justin aged 59 on 16 October, 2023. Nancy passed away aged 87 after a short illness on 10 November, 2023 surrounded by family. Both will be deeply missed, always loved and never forgotten.


We would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support during this difficult time.


A Memorial Service was held for Justin on 24 November at 10am directly followed by another service at 11am for Justin’s mother, Nancy. Live streaming is available for those who cannot attend the Memorial event in person. Please visit and enter PIN 7040 or contact Simplicity Funerals Balgowlah for details.


Colleagues will remember the wonderful contribution given to ICA Australia by the Chapman’s over many years. The Chapmans who mostly lived in reginal Australia, and held that dynamic, were part of the backbone of ICAA, for many years. Nan was a great support to Mike who spent time as ICAA president, as well as a special time working with our colleagues in Timor Leste.


We are grateful for the completed lives of Mike, Nan and Justin, and the gifts they brought to making the world a better place.

          ~~ Robyn Hutchinson