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Date of Passing: Sep 02, 2022

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1960 - 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mark (Moishe) Chapnick from Corticobasal degeneration syndrome on September 2 in Montreal. Mark passed away surrounded by his beloved Joanne and their three sons, Alexandre, Julien and Guillaume (Camille).
Born in Winnipeg, son of the late Clarise Chapnick, he is survived by his father Allan, his brother Cary and his wife Sarah Chapnick, his mother-in-law Jeannine Papineau; his sisters-in-law, Danielle (Andy), Sylvie and brother-in-law Michel (Maria); his nieces, Maya (Hash), Andrea (Joe), Gillian (Kevin), Sophie, Valerie, Olivia; and his nephews, Simon (Nikki), Benjamin (Caroline), as well as relatives across the country.
Mark had a very happy childhood in Winnipeg where he developed a lifelong interest for languages, sports, nature and travel. After studying geography, he completed a Law Degree at the University of Manitoba and briefly practiced criminal law. He then moved to Ottawa where he did his master's at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Upon graduation, he relocated to Montreal where he enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate throughout Canada and the USA. With his business partner and friend Erminio Forlini, he created BCFN Corporate Real Estate Consultants which they later sold to Jones Lang LaSalle. Mark had the fortunate gift of great intellect, exceptional work ethic, athletic abilities and kindness.
Mark was a devoted husband and father and loved coaching his sons at hockey and soccer, two sports he himself greatly enjoyed playing. More than anything, he loved spending time at the cottage, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, cycling, snowmobiling or clearing trails in the forest. Mark had a clever sense of humour, a curious mind and a passion for adventure.
Donations may be made in his name to support research on tauopathies, to the Alzheimer Society or to the McGill University Dementia Education Program.
The family will welcome visitors at Centre Funéraire Cote-des-Neiges at 4525 ch. De la Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal on September 25, 2022 at 1:30 pm. followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:30 p.m. A webcast will be available with a private link.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 17, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • We were so sorry to hear of Moishe’s passing. We spent time with him as teenagers in Winnipeg and two things that stand out whenever we think of Moishe are his kindness and his incredible sense of humour. I remember many rides with friends in my yellow Nova, with Moishe mimicking the singers on my 8-track tapes. He had his favourites! Barry often talks about taking a class with Moishe called “Bachelor Living”, where they learned to cook. He looked forward to that class each week because of Moishe, and always left it laughing so hard, that it hurt! Our hearts go out to Moishe’s family. We wish you peace. - Posted by: Sharla and Barry Chochinov (childhood friends) on: Sep 25, 2022

  • Mark and I did several complicated and very complex real estate deals from coast to coast to coast in Canada for over 10 years. His trust an knowledge can never be duplicated. Mark was a pioneer in and for this work. His intelligence in contract law was outstanding. I turned to my right hand many many times and there he was beside me. Certainly one of the best real estate commercial leasing agents in all of Canada. He will be missed. - Posted by: Tom E. Cooper (Business Partnership ) on: Sep 20, 2022

  • Mark and I were law school and articling classmates from 1981 to 1985. Moishe was a prince of a guy. Smart, funny, athletic and kind. He and I co- authored a paper in our third year criminal law clinical course based on a legal aid case we were handling entitled “Theft Bovine”. The cover page was a photo of a large Holstein he found somewhere which we both thought was a hilarious addition. The news of his passing was shocking. My profound condolences to his wife, sons and other family members. - Posted by: Steve Vincent (Classmate and Friend) on: Sep 18, 2022

  • We were heart broken to learn of Moishe’s illness and recent passing. He was such a good kid, and as he and his Winnipeg cousins were close, we saw him regularly at family events. He distinguished himself as an intelligent, successful, good looking man, and with Joanne, produced three great sons. It was wonderful to talk with him when he was in Winnipeg last for Clarise’s funeral. We are thinking of you all and hope you can find some peace always remembering how Moishe lived and and the legacy he has left. - Posted by: Auntie Sara (Soonie) Wilner & Family, Robin Shreiber, Karen & Richard Howell, Tracey, Chris, Hannah (Moishe’s Aunt & Cousins) on: Sep 17, 2022

  • We are so sorry to read this. I well remember Al dropping Louis off from Kindergarten from the public school. We appreciated it very much. Sincerely Ruth & Mal and family - Posted by: Ruth and Mal Juravsky and family especially Louis who went to school with Mark (friend) on: Sep 17, 2022

  • Very sad to see this today. One of the nicest, smartest people in the Law School Class of 84, and probably the funniest as well. Always great to be around him. We ended up on the same line on the Law hockey team, where he showed he could play, and also deliver some great one-liners to the opposition. We caught up a bit at the 25th class reunion and he really loved his life and family in Montreal. My condloences to his family and friends. This is much too soon... Tom Harrison Calgary, Alberta - Posted by: Tom Harrison (Robson Hall, Class of 84) on: Sep 17, 2022

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