Former Harrison performer, variety icon Peter Chipman has passed away – Agassiz Harrison Observer
A pillar of a children’s charity with ties to Harrison Hot Springs has died.
Variety Children’s Charity BC recently announced the passing of Peter Chipman, who has worked with the charity for over 40 years.
Locals may remember Chipman as a lounge singer at Harrison Hot Springs Resort in the 1970s and 80s. He was 76 years old.
“While it’s important to recognize Peter’s fame as a singer and artist and his success in helping Variety evolve, it’s his kind heart, his sense of humor and his friendship that will be missed the most.” Variety said in a statement.
“He played at the Harrison Resort on and off and was always very entertaining with a good heart,” wrote local florist Sandy Lance on Variety’s social media post. “It recognizes my birthday every year, including in 2021; he never forgot. He will be truly missed by so many people. “
Chipman was born in Ottawa but raised in St. John, New Brunswick, where he taught himself to play guitar and sing. His first notable taste in stage music was when he formed the folk group The Henchmen.
Chipman moved to British Columbia after some time with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve. He performed with the Victoria Operatic Society in numerous musicals before becoming a full-time musician.
Chipman performed all over the world for 12 years before singing for the first time at the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon in the 1980s. He became a must-see artist and co-hosted the event until 2018 and was director planned giving and major gifts from Variety.
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