Phil Chapman, 55, 'House Doctor' to Oak Park homeowners

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Phil Chapman, aka "Dr. Phil, the House Doctor," 55, of Naperville, who regularly repaired and painted the homes of Oak Parkers, died on Jan. 18, 2012 of liver cancer. More than 100 homeowners in Oak Park were his regular customers for over 27 years, according to his wife, Nadine (nee Romano). He was known for his reasonable prices and cleverly worded flyers advertising "house calls."

Born in Detroit on Oct. 2, 1956, his family came to Chicago when he was a child. According to his wife, his "doctor" persona began when he and his father, Reginald, opened "Doctor Phil's Vacuum Cleaner Hospital" on 16th Street in Berwyn in the 1980s. The business morphed into a father-and-son handyman service, and later his own son, Steven, joined the team.

Mr. Chapman enjoyed stand-up comedy, riding his unicycle, fishing in the forest preserves with his wife and son, and hiking in Mississippi Palisades Park. He enjoyed collecting driftwood, old coins and glass swivel sticks from hotels and casinos. Friends for 30 years, Phil and Nadine married at Niagara Falls in 2005, with the mayor officiating.

They raised two wonderful children, Sara Miller and Steven Chapman. They also raised his nephews and nieces after the death of his sister.

Phil Chapman is survived by his wife, Nadine; his children, Sara and Steven; his parents, Reginald Chapman and Barbara Stronach (nee Meadows); his brother, Richard; his grandchildren, Michael Schutt and Roy Manor IV; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Barbara Lee Kurowski and Mark Chapman.

Services will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at West Suburban Funeral Home, 39 N. Cass Avenue in Westmont. Memorials may be made in Phil's name to the American Liver Foundation.

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Q from Oak Park  

Posted: February 2nd, 2012 12:04 PM

Dr. Phil, was a really great person. He always had a great attitude, friendly and enjoyed life. He was great to his kids and would always take time to explain to them.

Lillie Asbury from Chicago  

Posted: February 2nd, 2012 11:15 AM

Dear Nadine, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, Phil. I pray your memories of Phil will heal your heart and bring you peace. May God's love comfort you. Love you, Lil

Jean Lotus from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 26th, 2012 10:35 AM

Thanks Dr. Phil for helping us keep our old house from falling down around our ears! You will be missed.

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