John ‘Chippie’ Chipman dies

Legendary Bahamian Junkanooer John “Chippie” Chipman, a cultural icon in The Bahamas, died yesterday.

He was 90.

A family spokesperson said Chipman died in the Princess Margaret Hospital around 4 p.m. from a stroke.

He was surrounded by relatives.

Chipman recently returned from a cruise with members of his family.

Born October 5, 1928, Chipman is best known for wearing his signature straw hat with a stogie in hand and beating a goatskin drum. He was a fierce advocate for Bahamian culture.

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that Chipman lived a “long and fruitful life”.

“He helped define the modern Bahamas through the sounds and beat of his drum and his pioneering contribution to Junkanoo,” Davis said in a statement.

“He and his wife, the great Becky Chipman, were cultural icons separately and as a couple. They are now joined together for the ages.

“Thankfully, John Chipman left a cultural legacy for this country by passing on his great talents to his children and grand and great grand. He mentored so many others. He was a great Bahamian.”

Chipman had six children.

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