EAST HARDWICK – Robert Christopher Chaplin, born on June 29, 1994, to Stephanie Badger and Shawn Chaplin, passed away on October 20.
Robert was an avid outdoorsman and especially loved deer hunting. He started hunting at a young age and bagged his first buck at the age of 12. In 2012, he shot his most prized possession, a buck scoring him 126 1/8 with the Vermont Big Game Trophy Club and 121 4/8 with Boone & Crockett.
Robert loved four-wheeling, dirt biking, mud and was fearless. Robert began working with his dad in the woods when he was only three. Later on, he worked alongside his dad logging and loved running equipment. Robert was a “Jack of all trades” and was always willing to lend a hand. Robert had the gift of gab so much so it would sometimes take him all day to tell a 10-minute story. He had a love for the little kids in his life and they all loved him. Riding around on the back roads, singing in the truck even if he didn’t know the words were some of his favorite things to do. He was a mama’s boy and he didn’t care who knew. They had a special bond that can never be broken.
Robert is survived by his mother, Stephanie and her husband Jamie Block, his father Shawn Chaplin and his partner Aliesha Douglass, fiance Shamcie Cota and her daughter Neveah, half-brother Brighton Marsh, grandparents Charles and Dorothy Dow, Richard and Diane Badger, Roberta Winckler and Raoul McAllister, as well as great-grandmother Glendeen J. Parizo, aunts and uncles; Melissa Estivill, Kristen Badger, Chad Badger, Sarah Badger, Angela Lopez Nava, Matthew McAllister, Wendy Palmer, Frank McAllister, Adam McAllister and Katie McAllister. He also leaves behind his best friend Dustin Dunbar and several cousins and honorary aunts and uncles. Robert was predeceased by his great-grandparents, Robert and Doris Chaplin.Calling hours will be held on Saturday, November 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the desGroseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick. Those planning to attend are thanked in advance for observing Vermont mask recommendations. Memories and condolences are welcome at dgfunerals.com. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.