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 John Markland Lyal  MOLSON

 

 Nato il 28 aprile del 1949 a Montreal da una delle pi¨ ricche famiglie canadesi nella quale entrambi i genitori giocavano a  Bridge, Ŕ stato un World Life Master ed uno dei pi¨ noti giocatori del circuito nord americano.

 Ha studiato alla Selwyn House di Westmount nei pressi di Montreal e al Bishop's College di MÚtis una delle migliori scuole canadesi che Ŕ situata in una rinomata localitÓ turistica sul San Lorenzo dove scoprý il bridge per la prima volta.

 Laureatosi in Scienze Politiche presso la McGill University di Montreal conobbe RenÚ Mancuso che spos˛ nel 1978, un matrimonio dal quale nacque il figlio Kevin ma che dur˛ solo tre anni a causa del fatto che Mark dedicava tutto il suo tempo libero al bridge, lavorando nel mondo della finanza e delle assicurazioni solo a tempo perso.

 Pi¨ tardi, incontr˛ Janice Seamon, una giocatrice professionista che proveniva da un illustre famiglia di bridgisti e la spos˛ in seconde nozze nel 1999 trasferendosi in Florida dove nacque la loro figlia Jennifer.

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 John 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 dove viveva.

Mark che era anche un buon golfista, nel 2012 Ŕ stato cooptato nella Hall of Fame canadese e nel 2018 Ŕ stato premiato con il von Zedtwitz.

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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