John Donald Champlain
August 28, 1935 - May 11, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010 8:41 PM
John was always my friend. I knew him since 1956 as we went through the Aviation Cadet program together. What a wonderful, positive outgoing personality he had. He knew the Lord and knew where he was going. I will always be grateful for the role and influence he had on my life. Always great memories. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our heartfelt sympathy to his family and Doris.
Russ/Veda Boggs (Corinth, NY)
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 8:26 PM
JOHN WAS A GREAT GUY.
I ONLY KNEW HIM ABOUT 20 YEARS BUT WE SHARED MANY ADVENTURES ON THE MOTORCYCLES AND AIRPLANES. NOBODY IS PERFECT BUT I SUPPOSE JOHN WAS ABOUT CLOSE AS ANY OF US WILL BE.
OVERALL HE HAD A GREAT ATTITUDE AND INFECTIOUS SMILE AND WE WERE ALL FORTUNATE TO HAVE KNOWN HIM.
REST WELL, MY FRIEND.
JERRY BORCHIN (PORT ORANGE, FL)
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 6:28 PM
Words to describe John Champlain – kind, considerate, generous, compassionate, genuine, sincere, patriotic, concerned, active, proficient, professional, religious, inspiring, positive – what a litany of beautiful words that describe a truly magnificent man. We who knew him all have shared in wonderful experiences with John in which he so often reflected all or most of the above characteristics. What an amazing legacy John Champlain has left – he was always a class act and we owe him so very, very much! Rarely does a man of such worth and integrity come along – I personally am blessed and honored to have known this Prince! Many thanks, my friend!
Edward Stopyra (Port Orange, FL)
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 3:38 PM
John was a wonderful, giving man who loved his family to the fullest. I was honored to be a part of their Thanksgiving meal years ago. I had been their house keeper and they treated me as a friend. I will never forget his kindness, caring and the enjoyment the family gave to me. John and his family are a great gift to my life and will always be in my heart.
Susie Edwards Shanks (New Milford, CT)
Sunday, June 06, 2010 5:39 PM
I am so sorry to here of Don's passing.
I new him from growing up in South Peabody, MA. I attended 8 years in grammar school with Don and 4 years in Peabody High school. As far back as I can remember he always wanted to be flying a plane. In those days I always called him Don for Donald and never called him John.
We even attended Boy scouts together at the old hall at St Ann's Church on Lynn St. I remember being at his house on County St. on many occasions. The last time I spoke to him was at our 50th PHS reunion back in 2003. He looked great back then and we talked about the old days and what was happening since.
He was always a great guy and surely will be missed by all of his family.
John (Jack) Mulligan (Littleton, CO)
Sunday, June 06, 2010 8:44 AM
As his nephew I will miss him a great deal. I recall many many great times with my Uncle over the years. Some of my gretest times was beign with him in the cockpit of an airplane. I vividly recall the times that we flew together in the biplane and my most memorably occasion was when he let me do a loop by myself. It was amazing. there were also many other times spent together on a bicycle riding 100 miles at a time. Of course my Uncle was the closest thing to Lance Armstrong and I had all I could do to keep up with him. The rides were great, conversations special and rememorable. My Uncle was an amazingly beautiful person. A kind, gentle , loving person who was there for anyone. He was an inspiration not only to myself but to many. He touched many lives and many will miss him greatly. He may not be here in body but his spirit lives within each and every one of us forever!!! His spirit will continue to keep smiles on our faces as we remember him.
Uncle, I know you are watching over us and we miss you and we LOVE you.
Jody Champlain (Beverly, MA)
Saturday, June 05, 2010 8:27 PM
I am a member of Nutmeg Soaring Club. John was a great help to our club when we were based at Candelight Farms Airport. We have been friends for many years and the greatest thing I remember was his bear hug at out reunions.
My condolences to his family and God speed to his soul toward Heaven.
Wally Moran (Summerville, SC)
Saturday, June 05, 2010 6:37 PM
John Champlain, a great and generous man, one who adored the Creator, gave 100 percent always whether flying or walking.
Robert Bell (Port Orange, FL)
Saturday, June 05, 2010 5:40 PM
I had the pleasure of being introduced to John on his travels thru Archbold, Ohio with his Love, Doris. He always wore an infectious smile, and was a dear gentlemen on the occasions we met. He & Doris embraced life together, and enjoyed many treasured memories. I am deeply sorry for her loss...she deserves nothing short of respect for dedicating the last 9 yrs. of her life......to him.
Linda Parnell (Archbold, OH)