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Stephen F. Chadwick

1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Stephen F. Chadwick Obituary
Stephen F. Chadwick


Stephen F. Chadwick, Jr., beloved husband, father and grandfather, died at home in Tucson, AZ, on Friday, March 14, 2014 of cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, Annice, his son Paul H. Chadwick and grandson Stephen M. Chadwick of San Juan Island, WA, and granddaughter Theora Moench of Bainbridge Island WA, as well as stepsons Charles, Joel and Curtis Ciszek and stepdaughter Ginna Ciszek, of, respectively, Hawaii, Australia, Oregon and Port Townsend, WA.

Steve was born in Seattle to Stephen, Sr. and Margaret Tyler Chadwick on October 20, 1924. He attended McGilvra school, Garfield High school, Yale University (majoring in economics) and the University of Washington, where he received his law degree. As a foot soldier in WWII, in the 44th Division in Europe, he won a bronze star for heroic action.

Steve practiced law in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, and in Medina, WA, where he was City Attorney for 25 years, organizing its incorporation, writing the city code and successfully defending its zoning regulations before the Washington State Supreme Court. He helped organize the Bainbridge Racquet club (later Bainbridge Athletic Club) and was for a time its principal owner.

Steve loved the outdoors (as a Boy Scout and member of the Seattle Mountaineers), tennis (at the Seattle Tennis Club and Bainbridge Racquet Club), and sailing. He loved racing and cruising on Lake Washington and Puget Sound, off Canada's west coast, Alaska's panhandle and on several oceans. He was commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, and member of the Cruising Club of America. He won a world championship in the International 110 sailboat class on San Francisco Bay. In the six-meter class, he won the Seattle Yacht Club Tri-Island series. Steve's boat Goose was 1st-to-finish in a 60-boat fleet.

Steve also enjoyed the quieter pursuits of reading and gardening. A lover of wilderness, he was for a time state treasurer of the Nature Conservancy.

Through his mother, he was great grandson to 10th President John Tyler; through his father, great grandson to Stephen F. Chadwick, 5th governor of Oregon. With these, and three judges and distinguished lawyers in his lineage, he liked to say "I have to be eternally and vigilantly respectful of the law!"

At his request, just a small family service will be held this summer in Washington State.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 23, 2014
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