Wallace "Chappy" Mountjoy

1952 – 2014

Wallace 'Chappy' Mountjoy

Chappy Mountjoy joined the BoatUS Towing Department in 2000 as a Service Rep and was quickly promoted to Supervisor of Overnight Dispatch. In 2013 he opted to work from his home in the mountains of Virginia (on the aptly named Lands' End Road) as a Service Rep III. Chappy was truly an asset to the BoatUS family – a knowledgeable resource and a pleasure to interact with. He was always quick to help whether it was a co-worker or a stranded boater. And he had a remarkable ability to share entertaining stories. He will be missed.

Adam Wheeler, VP Towing, had this to say "Chappy was a valued member of our family. He was beloved by many of the towing companies to which he had become a familiar voice on the phone and most importantly a valued friend and co-worker to all of us in Towing."

John Condon, AVP Towing Operations, added "Chappy loved talking to people - and he was good at it. He loved helping people and assisted thousands of boaters to safety over the years. Chappy's enthusiasm and caring heart will be missed by all of us here in the Towing Department."

Carroll Robertson, SVP Claims, commented "Chappy was wonderful to work with. He would sometimes call me late at night regarding a difficult salvage, always seeking to do the right thing for our Members/insureds. He will be missed and fondly remembered."

Dana Holland, Supervisor of Claims Subrogation and Recovery, added "Just some words for Chappy… and for all of us who enjoyed working with him for so many years… we will miss him, he was family…most likely he will still be looking out for all those sailor's at sea. I took a well-known poem and changed it to suit Chappy":

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand sea winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints upon the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
And walk next to the foamy swash
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet sea birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Upon the sea my spirit flies.


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Posted By: Joe & Debbie DiMartino on
TowBoatU.S. Naples / Marco Island I read of a reverend who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend. He referred to the date on the tombstone from the beginning …to the end. He noted that first came the date of his birth and spoke of the date with tears but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time he spent alive on earth, and now only those who love him and those who came upon his path would only know what that little line was worth. For it matters not how much we own. What matters most is how we live, treat others and how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard, are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left. You could be at “ dash mid-rang ” If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s real and true, and always try to understand what other people feel and be less quick to judge and anger. Show appreciation more and often wear a smile remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash … would you be pleased with the thing they say about how you lived your dash. From the staff and crew of TowBoatU.S. Naples / Marco Island. We offer our prayers to Chappy his family, friends and coworkers knowing he has been received as he received others, with grace and integrity to write his next chapter. We have been blessed that Chappy touched our lives only for the better. Captain Joe & Debbie DiMartino
Posted By: Barrie McCune on
I had the occasion to break bread with Chappy when he visited the Keys. I found him charming and humorous. He was always a joy to speak with at dispatch. He will be truly missed by Diana and myself. We are heart broken. We send our sincere condolences to all his family. Rest in Peace, my friend. May you go with God
Posted By: BENNY Cape May on
My heart goes out to all his family, friends and his extended family at BoatU.S, Chappy was a pleasure to here on the other end of the phone when dispatching or just if he had a question. He will Be Missed but Not Forgotten by my small staff. GOD BLESS R.I.P.
Posted By: BENNY Cape May on
My heart goes out to all his family, friends and his extended family at BoatU.S, Chappy was a pleasure to here on the other end of the phone when dispatching or just if he had a question. He will Be Missed but Not Forgotten by my small staff. GOD BLESS R.I.P.
Posted By: Phyllis & Jack Black on
Jack & I are so saddened by the news. Whenever we spoke with Chappy it was like talking to an old friend. He was a funny, caring and knowledgeable person and he will be missed! TowBoatUS Sarasota/Cortez/Manatee River
Posted By: TowBoatUS Pensacola on
We will miss your pleasant voice, Chappy. On behalf of all of our crew, we hope your soft star is shining bright.
Posted By: Bill Hobbs TowBoatU.S. Cape Cod on
Thoughts and prayers are with Chappys family and his extended family at BoatU.S. He was always a pleasur to speak with and was always such a happy voice to hear.....You will be missed
Chappy was an inspiration in my life even at 0200 in the morning always kind and considerate of the tower . He will be missed and my prayers are with him as well as boat us employees that had the honor to work with a great man. Larry and Char BLANCHETT
Posted By: Amy & Rusty on
Chappy is the only person that could call me at 0300 and make me laugh. We will tremendously miss his warm, comforting voice and ever present sense of humor. For those of you that were lucky enough to know Chappy in person, I am envious of the vault of invaluable memories you must have of this special man. We are sending up prayers of comfort and peace for you.
Posted By: TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale on
On behalf of all of the Captains and Crew at TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale we express our deepest sympathies to Chappy’s family and colleagues at BoatU.S. Chappy was such a pleasure to speak with- he will be missed by all of us.
Posted By: smitty on
I say this with all my heart Chappy was a pleasure to speak to every single time he called and a very valuable member of our team. I will no doubt have him in my thoughts each time my phone rings from dispatch. REST IN PEACE GOD BLESS