I owe so much to my father. Robert Chaput, along with his first wife Doris, adopted me at eight months old in Providence, Rhode Island. Everything that I love to spend my time doing, I learned from him. My love of animals, music, the beach, the outdoors, film, and especially tennis...all his influence. And it hurts and infuriates me that he so badly needs help.
My dad had problems with arthritis and in 1987 decided to move to a warmer climate, settling in St.Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands with his second wife, Evelyn. My dad, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from The Rhode Island National Guard lived there happily, enjoying tennis and visits from his family. In 2009, Evelyn passed away from lung cancer and my father took her loss hard. Depressed and not keeping up around his property he allowed a former tenant who had rented from him to move in as a housekeeper. This housekeeper has testified in court to being both his daughter ....and his wife. Since then he has filed for bankruptcy. He has lost all his properties. And my dad was isolated. We tried to get help through the St.Croix courts and were let down.
On May 8th, 2017, my father was left at a nursing home in Ohio with no belongings or money and only the clothes on his back. He has dementia and has no idea of how he got there. He has no family or friends there. The nursing home, several lawyers, a volunteer guardian, and even Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's office have been trying to help bring him back to Rhode Island to reunite him with his family. Besides myself, his son, Bob also has a step-daughter, two step-sons, ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Currently he has no access to his military pension, social security or accounts in St.Croix. He needs to be in assisted living for patients with dementia and alzheimer's for proper care. We are asking for help with first and last month's fees, totaling $11, 200 for his assisted living care once the courts give us permission to bring him back to Rhode Island. The family has spent tens of thousands of dollars over the years trying to bring peace in his life and help him. At this time we ask for help and any contribution will be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Tom Chaput and The Chaput/Cianci family.
June 29, 2017.
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