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Obituaries

  • Englewood Edge editor Mark Chapman in December, at the Shrimp Shack in South Carolina. a stop on the way to Englewood.

    Englewood Edge editor Mark Chapman in December, at the Shrimp Shack in South Carolina. a stop on the way to Englewood.

Mark Chapman 1953–2016

Englewood Edge editor Mark Chapman in December, at the Shrimp Shack in South Carolina. a stop on the way to Englewood.

Engle­wood Edge edi­tor Mark Chap­man in Decem­ber, at the Shrimp Shack in South Car­olina. a stop on the way to Englewood.

Engle­wood Edge edi­tor Mark Chap­man passed away sud­denly Mon­day, Aug. 15.

Engle­wood Edge was one of Mark’s pas­sions. He loved Engle­wood and I am very glad that we got down to visit last December.

Mark was in the news busi­ness for our entire mar­ried life, 39 years. Before that he was in the­ater. Mark’s par­ents were very involved in the Cape Cod Melody Tent; his father ran the phys­i­cal facil­ity, as I recall, and his mother was wardrobe mis­tress. He grew up in the pres­ence of celebri­ties and cre­ative peo­ple and always had sto­ries to tell about it.

I met him at Smithville Sum­mer The­ater in 1976 and mar­ried him a year later. At that point he fig­ured he needed a steady pay­check and went to work for the Cape Cod Times. We bounced around a lot after that. He worked for the Vero Beach Press Jour­nal, the Wilm­ing­ton Star News and was travel edi­tor at the Boston Her­ald before mak­ing his way to the Sara­sota Herald-Tribune. As a young sports writer, he loved cov­er­ing fig­ure skat­ing and box­ing, and even had his own pub­li­ca­tion, “New Eng­land Box­ing News,” for a while, with a friend as co-publisher.

He also worked in radio, on the Cape and briefly in Atlantic City. He had a career as an enter­tainer, notably in Engle­wood at La Stanza.

Mark was a lov­ing father to our son, and doted on our pets.

He will be deeply missed.

Engle­wood Edge will prob­a­bly shut down. I am not sure how the finan­cial end of it works but sub­scribers will be given refunds.