Ronald Charles Chappell, 83, from Ledyard, Connecticut, died November 28, 2017 after a long battle with COPD and Alzheimer’s. Chappell was born in New London, Connecticut July 24, 1934.
He retired after 27 years from Pfizer in 1992, according to a Worker’s Compensation he filed against Pfizer in 2002. Court documents state, in part, “. . . The plaintiff also was required to clean the fermentation tanks of the waste and residue of the fermentation process once the materials had been piped out of them. During that procedure, the plaintiff was positioned atop the tanks, near the hatch. The cleaning procedure often involved the introduction of hot water into the tank and resulted in a vapor forming in the tank that contained the waste and residue of the fermentation process. Air was then pumped into the tank to clear the vapor, which vented out of the hatch at the top of the tank, exposing the plaintiff to those fumes. On June 1, 2006, the commissioner held a formal hearing at which the plaintiff testified. The commissioner also considered Conway’s deposition testimony, which was submitted as an exhibit by the defendant. In his September 28, 2006 finding and award, the commissioner found that the plaintiff suffered from a compensable condition of occupational asthma. On October 10, 2006, the defendant filed a petition for review by the board of the commissioner’s finding and award. In its November 19, 2007 opinion, the board affirmed the decision of the commissioner. . . ”
Chappell is a Notable Cruise Industry Death because he later worked and volunteered at the Mystic Seaport known as The Museum of America and the Sea until his 80th birthday. The Museum of America and the Sea is home to 17 historic vessels and a working shipyard, garden, seaport village and exhibits. As well, Chappell ’s service to the community included 20 years as the chairman of the Groton Shellfish Commission.
Ron was a member of the Shennecossett Beach Club for 50 years, serving a term on its Board of Directors; and he was also Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 75 in the late 50’s and early 60’s.
Chappell is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lorraine Anderson Chappell and three children.