The day – ‘Daddy Jack’ Chaplin, the well-known New London chef, dies on the age of 62

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Jack Chaplin, a popular figure in the New London food community through his Daddy Jack’s restaurant and popular YouTube channels, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 62 years old.

Daddy Jack’s asked for prayers on Facebook in late April, saying that Jack had triple heart bypass surgery and was developing complications in September. One of his daughters wrote on Tuesday: “We share with deep and deep sadness that our father passed away today after a brave fight.”

Last summer, Chaplin spoke to The Day about the pandemic’s battles and his plans for the future. He said he was “low on energy” and was looking for a way to retire before COVID-19 hit. But there were other projects he was interested in, such as his YouTube channels “Chaplin’s Classics” and “Cookin ‘with the Blues” and the production of blues albums for his Jack Daddy label. Each of its channels has amassed more than 100,000 subscribers.

Chaplin grew up in Vernon and graduated from Johnson & Wales in 1978. He then worked in restaurants across the country. He became a local star in Dallas, where he opened Daddy Jack’s and served New England seafood.

Chaplin returned to Connecticut and came to the New London area in 2009 when he opened Chaplin’s Restaurant. He eventually closed Chaplin’s to focus on Daddy Jack’s, which opened in 2014.

The restaurateur said last summer, “I think if you can always work on what you love, you’re in a good place. New London is a good place. We love it here. It’s a great city with great people. “

The Day will write a more detailed article about Chaplin’s life in the days to come.

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