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Please show your appreciation for the work of Mark Chapman’s life

From left, Eric, Nancy and Mark Chapman on Thanksgiving, 2015.

From left, Eric, Nancy and Mark Chapman on Thanksgiving, 2015.

To Nancy On Norwalk readers, from the NoN Board of Directors:

Mark Chapman’s sudden death shocked us all, and leaves us deeply saddened. As we grieve, we seek ways to honor Mark’s memory, and celebrate what Mark loved.

Mark loved his wife, Nancy, and his son Eric. He loved cats. And music. And he showed great love for all of the people who ever worked with him. He loved journalism and he was a damn fine journalist, delivering the local news that allows our democracy and our community to function effectively. Appropriately, Mark’s comments below his final opinion piece emphasized the importance of a journalist’s role in “digging out the facts and telling people the news, good and bad, often news they don’t like but need to know.”

Mark believed so strongly in the importance of local news that he worked for sub-poverty wages, and spent his and Nancy’s retirement savings for more than 3 years, to support Nancy on Norwalk. He believed that a journalist’s role was to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” He sacrificed mightily for this, his life’s work. Mark’s passion – together with Nancy’s – is visible in NoN’s reporting on political hijinks, land use, and education. NoN’s shining light makes us a better city.

Mark’s sacrifice for NoN benefited every Norwalker, but it left the Chapmans with no financial cushion. Mark was, and Nancy is, too proud to ever ask anyone for anything. They preferred poverty to asking for money. As Nancy and Eric grieve, we grieve with them, and we are moved to show appreciation for their efforts. Please join the Nancy on Norwalk Board in making a special donation to NoN in honor of Mark’s memory. Together, our tax-deductible donations will support Mark’s widow, your online news site, and your virtual town square.

Mark and Nancy have been there for us. Now Nancy needs us. There are many ways to help. You can make a one-time gift, start or increase a monthly subscription, or purchase advertising for your business.

  • John Levin
  • Bob Welsh
  • Dede Farnsworth
  • Lisa Thomson
  • Jeanne Hard

Board of Directors,
Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc.

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9 comments

John Levin August 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Thank you, Adolph. And thank you everyone else. The outpouring of support from the community has been very moving for both Nancy and Eric Chapman. I am now reminded of Mark every day – there’s an empty spot in m morning email that goes unfilled! I am hoping there is a way to get Nancy on Norwalk back to business. This is hard.

EveT August 19, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Can the board members verify whether the gofundme page is legitimate? It looks like it is, but there are so many scams out there…

Bob Welsh August 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

All donations are greatly appreciated. Donations directly to NON are tax deductible and support Nancy just as the GoFundMe pages do.

Ed Isaacs August 20, 2016 at 8:36 pm

Sorry for your loss Nancy. I donated to the other site, along with a number of other name I recoginze. I hope those funds reach you also. Your site is great reading for me, every day.

Paul Cantor August 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Dear Nancy and Eric,

I hope for Norwalk’s sake a way is going to be found to keep both of you in the business of keeping us informed about what is going on in our city. We lost Mark. We don’t want to loose you as well. Your skill and dedication are awe aspiring. The number of stories NON has covered with skill and objectivity day after day after day year after year is beyond impressive. Amazing might be a better word. I have always wondered where you get the energy and when you ever get time to relax.

Myška and my contribution is on the way. Thanks for all you have done and hopefully will continue to do. I think we speak for many of your readers when we say to each of you: don’t be a stranger. Please, don’t be a stranger.

Paul

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