D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Jonathan "Jon" D. Chapitis

September 28, 1943July 19, 2019

Jonathan David Chapitis, 75, of East Hartford, lost his valiant battle with cancer on July 19, 2019, with family and friends at his side. Jon was born on September 28, 1943 in Rumford, Maine, the son of the late John Joseph and Ursula Dora (Weliska) Chapitis. He is survived by his sisters, Jane Chapitis of Vermont, Mary Chapitis of Massachusetts and many cousins. Jon was a very gentle, kind and generous person and always up for a challenge. Jon was a long-time resident of East Hartford, attending local schools in East Hartford. He was a graduate of UCONN, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, Jon went to work for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, first for the Instrumentation Group and later for the Engine Controls Group. Retiring after more than 40 years, Jon was very thankful for the many opportunities for travel his career with Pratt & Whitney afforded him. It was not only the travel he enjoyed, but also all the wonderful people he worked with daily, as well as all the people he met during his various assignments. Many of these people have turned into lifelong friends. Jon enjoyed living in his East Hartford community. He always found his neighbors to be friendly and helpful and they made his life pleasant, especially Matthew and Mary Betton. Jon had many interests and could find something in common with almost anyone. He was an avid reader and book collector. Anytime someone mentioned a topic of interest, Jon would say I have a book for you. Jon volunteered for many years at the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair, a fair open to 7th through 12th grade students to attract young people to careers in science and engineering. Jon enjoyed all types of sports. Jon enjoyed target practice and spending time with his friends. He biked often with his friends, participated several times in the Five Boro NYC Bike Tour, cycling on Block Island and around the perimeter of Connecticut. He was involved with basketball: playing it, enjoying UCONN games, as well as being a Time Keeper for AAU and Division 3 games. He especially enjoyed working the Mother’s Day tournament with Jon Stone and Dave Boland. Jon enjoyed going to tag sales, sharing his amazing finds, and of course meeting people and hearing their stories. Jon enjoyed the comforts of driving, the challenge of word jumbles, music, the annual card parties with his P & W friends and attending the annual Gilbert Sullivan play at Academy of Music Theater in Northampton with his P & W friends. Over the last 10 years Jon spent Friday nights with his long-time friends Bill and Phyllis Condel enjoying Phyllis’ cooking and studying the Bible with them. Jon had strong faith and was thankful to Rabbi Ronald Hermann, Chaplain Jeanne and Father Joseph Moonnanappallil for their visits with him during his last days. Jon was deeply moved when hearing that there were many people praying for him during his hospitalization, even people he did not know. Life had come full circle for Jon, as when he heard of anyone having been diagnosed with cancer, he would add them to his daily prayers. While in Hartford Hospital Jon kept a journal, so he could recognize his caregivers on the Hartford Hospital Patient Survey, as he believed many people do not get the recognition they deserved. There were many caregivers that Jon wanted recognized on C8I, CB2, B9stepdown, CB3, Interventional Radiology, BW2R nurses, Radiology CT, Radiology Fluoroscopy and Dialysis, particularly the PCAs and Patient Transporters that were very compassionate in his care. A letter will be written to Hartford Hospital in order to recognize all of them, as Jon wished. Jon asked that if he had wronged anyone during his lifetime to please forgive him and if anyone thought they had wronged him to please know he has forgiven them. He held no grudges. Jon appreciated all the phone calls from his long-time friends, Bridget Falke, Dina Szela and Su Abrams; he found them encouraging and inspirational. Their visit on his last day was his wish and brought him great comfort. Jon especially wanted to thank Bill and Phyllis Condel, Helen Hincheliff, the Boguszewski family, Annie Pachuka and Tony and Arija Agostino for their support. Lastly, Jon asked that people be kind to one another. Because of Jon’s long time involvement with The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair, the Jon Chapitis Memorial Award has been established. It will be awarded annually to a deserving student at the Fair. Those wishing to sustain Jon’s memory in this way, should make checks payable to the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair and note on the memo line: “In memory of Jon Chapitis”. Donations should be mailed to the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair, 45 Coles Road, Cromwell, CT 06416.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (July 30th) at The Community of SS. Isidore and Maria at St. Paul Church, 2577 Main St., Glastonbury, CT 06033. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday (July 29th) at D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford, CT 06118. To share a memory of Jon with his family, please visit www.desopoeh.com.


  • Public Visitation Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Jonathan "Jon" D. Chapitis

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Denise Mikkelson

July 30, 2019

To Jon's family and friends. An amazing person has entered heaven and left us saddened. He was a wonderful neighbor to myself and my parents. Any time I needed anything I knew I could count on Jon. I know heaven is rejoicing with your presence. We will miss you.....but will be reunited one day.
Fondly, your friend Denise Boyle Mikkelson

Bob Wisner

July 29, 2019

Jon was a dedicated supporter of the all volunteer Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair. For many years he was a key member of the Physical Layout team, setting up and taking down the floor layout, involving 300 tables and associated signage. Jon also served as a member of student check-in team, and worked with rules and safety committee as well. He was excellent in interacting with the students. Jon was a wonderful colleague and will be greatly missed. The Fair will sponsor a special award in his honor.

Karen Bresciano

July 28, 2019

We were so saddened to learn of Jon’s passing. Jon was a true and valuable friend to my father, Ray Poulin. They had fun together when my dad was well, and Jon was a godsend when my parents were moving. He spent hours with Dad, sorting through 25 years of tools, hardware, and parts to anything and everything. I’m not sure what we would have done without him.

My boys, Joseph and Jonathan, called him Big Jon. They were so excited when Jon would come to my parents’ house with some Legos or some other tag sale treasure that he thought they would like. Even at a young age, they could recognize the rare kindness and generosity Jon had in thinking of others and what would make them happy or meet a need. My youngest just said to me, “There was never a boring moment with Big Jon. He had a unique point of view on almost everything. He was an interesting guy.”

It was a touching pleasure to read his obituary. He had an amazing and full life that clearly impacted so many of us. He will be remembered fondly and greatly missed.

The Poulin/Bresciano family
Karen, Stephen, Joseph, Jonathan Bresciano , and Paula Poulin

Charles Brown

July 27, 2019

I shared a work assignment with Jon in Quartzite Arizona. We spent our off time hiking in the desert. He loved the beauty and solitude of the desert. and he relished poking through the flea markets. Jon was a gentle, honorable, soft spoken friend. When you talked to him you knew you had his full attention. My condolences to the family.

Bob Tomlin

July 26, 2019

I had the honor and pleasure to meet Jon and work & explore with him, while working in flight test of the C-17 Air Force Transport Airplane in Arizona & California. He was like a big kid, curious about everything, friendly, smart & interesting. Every body loved Jon. I am so sorry that he has left but will always remember him fondly. Good Guy.