George Chappell, whose career brought him all over New England and included starting a newspaper in Massachusetts, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, and working as editor of the Aroostook Republican newspaper in Caribou, died at age 82 on Feb. 21 at a residential care facility in Camden.
Born on Feb. 10, 1937, in Providence, Rhode Island, to George and Virginia (Hamm) Chappell, he first worked as a teacher before pursuing a career in journalism. His educational accomplishments include graduating from the University of Maine in 1968, and obtaining a master’s degree in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a master’s in poetry from Goddard College in Vermont.
While editing the Aroostook Republican in Caribou, Chappell worked with a small team, including sports writer Kevin Sjoberg, back in the late 80s and early 90s.
Sjoberg, who still writes for northern Maine weeklies and the Bangor Daily News today, said Chappell was an important mentor during his younger years in the business.