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Obituary for Christopher Mario Padwicki

Christopher (Chris) Mario Padwicki
August 2, 1950 – January 22, 2024.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Christopher (Chris) Padwicki after a courageous battle with illness at the age of 73.

Born to John and Alice Padwicki in Kazimierz, Poland, Chris moved to Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 11.
At 19, Chris started a job at what was then Pacific Press (The Vancouver Province and The Vancouver Sun) and began a long career in newspaper circulation. After 30 years at Pacific Press and 5 years at the Langley Times, Chris decided it was time for a change and moved to Rock Creek, British Columbia. Together with his wife, Barb, they transformed the Kettle River RV Park into a paradise-like destination for travellers along Highway 3.

In 2007, Chris moved to Calgary and returned to newspaper circulation. He spent another 15 years with the Calgary Herald and National Post. Making sure people got their morning paper was so important to Chris that he would often deliver hundreds of papers in the middle of the night so no customer would go without their news.

Chris’ sense of humor and kindness touched so many lives. When he wasn’t working, Chris could be found traveling the world with his soulmate and best friend, Barb, on the ski hill, spending time with his family, dreaming about Hot Dog Friday, telling jokes, or checking his eyelids for holes (napping) in front of the CTV news. He was always quick with a joke and the first to help those close to him.

Chris is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Barb; his daughter, Robyn (Ian); grandchildren, Sarah and Nicholas; and his loyal friends. Chris was predeceased by his parents, John and Alice; sister, Renata; and his son, Christopher.

Chris’ family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Age Care Midnapore for their compassion and excellent care of Chris over the past five months.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson’s Canada .

Chris did not want a funeral. Instead, his family encourages those who knew him to pause for a moment on the ski hill or barbeque and enjoy a hot dog and bid Chris a fond farewell.

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