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.