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 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.