I was saddened to learn this morning of the passing of long term Pine Rivers resident, local stalwart, proud father and grandfather and incredibly supportive husband, Graham Chapman.
Whilst Graham has battled ill health for some time his passing is very sad news for his family and in particular his wife Yvonne.
Graham was an iconic, hard working man who employed many local residents over decades in his small business.
Graham stood proudly and loyally by his wife of 58 years, former State Minister and Mayor Yvonne Chapman through good times and bad.
Together Graham and Yvonne worked hard to raise a family, run a successful small business and contribute to public life.
Graham and Yvonne have become dear friends to Kirilly and I over the last 15 years. Their partnership was rock solid and they were a wonderful couple. Graham was a wonderful Dad and grandfather but most of all he was a bedrock for Yvonne meaning she was able to be a successful Minister and Mayor over many years.
Graham will be missed by all of us. We are grateful for the contribution he made to our local community and on behalf of local residents I extend my deepest sympathies to the Chapman family.