THE LIFE and achievements of Tony Chapman, champion of the little guy, was celebrated in his home town of Peterborough earlier this month.
Chapman, the man instrumental in achieving equal membership status for incorporated engineers, died in October of heart attack. He was just 55.
Tributes to his work at the ICE and as head of property services at Peterborough City Council were heard at a memorial service in Peterborough Cathedral.
ICE past president Doug Oakervee provided the ICE's tribute and fondly recalled Chapman's unstinting efforts in championing the cause of the associate and technician member.
'As senior vice chairman of the board of incorporated engineers and technicians he conceived the vision of the vertical integration with the ICE membership, and steered this successfully through Council, thus enabling the views of all members, whatever their grade, to be equally represented in the Institutions affairs, ' said Oakervee.
Chapman first joined the ICE as an associate member himself in 1985. From the start he took a close interest in its operation and affairs, and was continuously a member of one or more of its committees, mostly in a senior position. He was twice elected to Council, serving for a total of six years.
In 1996 Chapman was a member of the ICE Future Framework Presidential Commission, which undertook a rigorous and far sighted study of the structure and governance of the Institution. Many of the recommendations emanating from the Commission are only now being understood and seen as necessary to reshape the ICE for the benefit of future members.
As a reviewer since 1981 Chapman provided help and guidance to many young engineers on their path towards ICE membership.
Tributes to his other passion, his work as at Peterborough City Council, came from councillor John Holdich, chief executive Gillian Beasley and director of corporate services Geoff Dobson.
Dobson, who worked most closely with Chapman, spoke of his great ability, loyalty and friendship, not to mention his entrepreneurial skills and nose for a good buy.
'Tony was a larger than life character who touched the lives of everyone he came into contact with, ' said Dobson. 'Nothing was too much trouble for him. He always sought solutions to problems, and problems were only ever opportunities to his creative and innovative skills.'
As head of property services he introduced CCTV into the city, attracting hundreds of thousands of pounds from central government to achieve a dream of a safer city environment, and he saw the City Centre Masterplan as being hugely important for future generations.
'Those many times we looked at the 'bigger picture' or 'brain stormed' an issue will live on forever with his colleagues. Tony left us with such good memories and his recent work for the council will provide a lasting legacy for future generations, ' said Dobson.