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Mark M Chafel

November 28, 2020


Mark M. Chafel, age 68, of Maynard, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on November 28, 2020.

Son of the late James and Florence (Santangelo) Chafel. He is survived by his adored daughter, Frances Chafel of Boston; his brother Jim Chafel and his wife Xia of Medfield, his sisters Adrienne McGrath of Roslindale, Judith Chafel of Rochester, New York and Kathleen Leahy and her husband Bob of Vancouver, Canada; many nieces and nephews; and former wife Rebecca Chafel.


Mark was born in Rochester, New York on January 31, 1952.
He was a graduate of Syracuse University, class of 1975. Mark worked at the Whitehead Institute and Harvard Medical School where he managed the research core units for electron and confocal microscopy.

Mark was an avid painter, photographer and phycology researcher.

A memorial service will be held in late spring or early summer when we can all gather and honor Mark’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mark’s memory to the Animal Rescue League of Boston or the Greater Boston Food Bank. To share a memory of Mark, please visit

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A memorial service will be held at a later date

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