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 John Markland Molson Ŕ nato il 28 aprile 1949, come il maggiore di quattro figli nati da William Markland Molson, un agente di cambio che possedeva una propria sede alla Borsa di Montreal e che divenne vicepresidente e uno dei proprietari di Montreal Canadians.

 Mark era la quarta persona in una famiglia di birrai e banchieri ad essere chiamata Markland, dopo il nipote di John Molson che fond˛ la compagnia di birra nel 1787.

 Un altro Markland della famiglia morý all'etÓ di 55 anni nel 1912 nel naufragio del Titanic.

 Mark Molson ha studiato alla Selwyn House, Bishop's College School di Lennox Ville e ha conseguito una laurea in arte presso la McGill University nel 1972.

 Ha lavorato per un breve periodo presso l'azienda produttrice di birra di famiglia ma, come membro di una delle famiglie pi¨ ricche del Canada, aveva la libertÓ di perseguire qualsiasi interesse volesse scegliere.

Scelse il bridge.

I suoi nonni, John e Hazel Molson, gli avevano insegnato a giocare quando era un ragazzo e quando compý 30 anni era giÓ uno dei migliori giocatori del Canada.

Molson Ŕ stato sposato due volte. Ha incontrato la sua prima moglie, RenÚ Mancuso, mentre era alla McGill. Quel matrimonio finý con un divorzio amichevole.

Sette anni pi¨ tardi si Ŕ risposato con Janice Seamon, una delle migliori giocatrici di bridge al mondo, che conobbe nel circuito professionistico e che gli diede la figlia, Jennifer.

Mark, che era anche un buon giocatore di golf, nel 2012 Ŕ stato cooptato nella Canadian Hall of Fame e nel 2018 ha ricevuto il premio  von Zedtwitz.

Dotato di un carattere delizioso e molto noto per l'abilitÓ con cui sapeva intrattenere chiunque raccontando divertentissime barzellette, Mark tornava spesso nel Quebec al quale era rimasto molto affezionato.

Mark ha registrato il suo pi¨ prestigioso successo vincendo la medaglia d'argento nella Bermuda Bowl del 1995 giocando per la nazionale canadese.

In campo nazionale ha vinto 8 campionati canadesi e 7 NABC's tra i quali ricordiamo la Reisinger del 1989 ed il Grand National Teams del 2002.

Si Ŕ spento prematuramente durante un intervento chirurgico al cuore il 19 gennaio del 2006 in una clinica della cittÓ di Miami vicino a Ft. Lauderdale, cittÓ dove si era stabilito.

John Markland Molson was born April 28, 1949, the oldest of four sons born to William Markland Molson, a stockbroker who owned his own seat on the Montreal Stock Exchange and who became a vice-president and one of the owners of the Montreal Canadians.

Mark was the fourth person in the family of brewers and bankers to be named Markland, after the grandson of John Molson who founded the brewing company in 1787. Another Markland in the family died at age 55 in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.

Mark Molson was educated at Selwyn House, Bishop's College School in Lennoxville and obtained an arts degree from McGill University in 1972.

He worked briefly at the family's brewing company, but as a member of one of Canada's richest families he had the latitude to pursue whatever interests he chose.

He pursued bridge.

His grandparents, John and Hazel Molson, taught him to play, and by the time he was 30 he was one of Canada's top players.

John Markland Molson was born April 28, 1949, the oldest of four sons born to William Markland Molson, a stockbroker who owned his own seat on the Montreal Stock Exchange and who became a vice-president and one of the owners of the Montreal Canadiens.

Mark was the fourth person in the family of brewers and bankers to be named Markland, after the grandson of John Molson who founded the brewing company in 1787. Another Markland in the family died at age 55 in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.

Mark Molson was educated at Selwyn House, Bishop's College School in Lennoxville and obtained an arts degree from McGill University in 1972.

He worked briefly at the family's brewing company, but as a member of one of Canada's richest families he had the latitude to pursue whatever interests he chose.

He pursued bridge.

His grandparents, John and Hazel Molson, taught him to play, and by the time he was 30 he was one of Canada's top players.

Molson was twice married. He met his first wife, Renee Mancuso, while he was at McGill. That marriage ended in an amicable divorce.

Seven years ago he married Janice Seamon, one of the world's top female bridge players, whom he met on the professional circuit. They have a daughter, Jennifer.

Mark who was also a good golfer, in 2012 he was co-opted in the Canadian Hall of Fame and in 2018 he received von Zedtwitz award.

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