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CHRISTOPHER CHADWICK PALM BAY Christopher W. Chadwick, born October 31, 1942, died on Thursday, December 27, 2007, while aboard his beloved sail boat, Whistler. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army. In 1978 he built his family a lovely boat, and they all went cruising for several years They settled in Palm Bay in 1984. Chris was a teacher at Eau Gallie High School for over 20 years. He was able to pass on his superior woodworking and boat building skills, while inspiring his students to set life goals. It is well known that Chris made a difference in many young lives. In his younger years, he worked as a crime scene detec tive and also as a professional photographer. He loved boats, sail ing, and was a licensed and capable captain. Chris inspired a love for sailing in many people. He was a hap py, industrious, kind, fun, and ethical gentleman. He loved his family, and is survived by his beloved wife, Joy; their children, Chris Chadwick II, Lisa Chadwick, Andrew Chadwick, Brian and Crystal Bishop, Heather and Marc Colbary, Sarah Bishop and T.R. Elder; father-in-law, Jacob Zachary; sisters, Gini Chapman, Mary Jane Mass, and Jan Cherney; several nieces and nephews, and two grandchildren; Nicholas Chadwick and Brianna Elder, with two more on the way. He was loved and admired by many, and will be truly missed. A gathering in his honor; a Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 1 p.m. on the riverfront, beside the Grant Historical House on US 1 in Grant. Dress casual, Jimmy Buffett attire encour aged. Shoes optional.

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Published in FloridaToday on Dec. 30, 2007.
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December 27, 2017
Mr. Chadwick has been on my mind lately as I've found interest in sailing and perhaps creating my own sailboat. I had him as my teacher in 2000 and 2001, and to this day he's been my favorite teacher I've ever had. I've gone on to graduate from high school and college all the way through grad school, and being a teacher myself now, here and there I always think about how thankful I was for the in-between lessons Mr. Chadwick taught me in addition to skills regarding power equipment and woodworking.

I find myself regretting not appreciating his lessons more when I had the chance. I suppose this is a fitting entry since, ironically, I see he passed away 10 years ago to this date. I never had the chance to say bye to Mr. Chadwick as I'd already graduated from high school and lived in Orlando at the time of his passing, so I'd like to say thank you for everything you taught me, and eventually if I do built my boat, I'll be sure to give a creative hat tip to you, my friend. God bless you, and I hope somehow you're able to read this entry.
Brandon Hinchman
February 5, 2008
I just wanted to say I appreciate all of the kind words you sent to me in your emails. I keep a picture of Mr. Chadwick at my desk like he used to keep mine. Hopefully one of these days we'll get to meet face to face and I can find out all the reasons why he loved you so much! God bless you and your family...
Amber Strand
January 30, 2008
I can't begin to tell you the difference your husband/father made in my son's life. Louie, my son, adored Mr. Chadwick while he was a student at EGHS. Chris helped Louie attain an apprenticeship program through BCC and later worked with the Parkers at the electric company. Louie will graduate from college in May and they had emailed each other just before the holidays. Please know that your dad/husband cared about his students so much and will be missed. God Bless you
Jan Weber
January 12, 2008
'The Whistler'
> We welcomed morning on the river
> During a warm calm summer day.
> Though like any other,
> We felt something on its way.
> As the breeze began to blow,
> We hoisted up the sail.
> A gust and we were off -
> Ripples formed our watery trail.
> Among the familiar sounds
> From sails, waves, seagoing birds
> Came a low,but lively tune
> Sung with a whistle, not with words.
> It came not from my companions
> Nor from any passerby.
> Yet grew stronger by the minute;
> Was a gift straight from the sky.
> The song was crafted well
> Yet child-like and excited;
> Following no standard rhythm.
> In that knowledge it seemed delighted.
> The whistle danced throughout the air
> Taking our souls in its embrace.
> It enveloped us in joy
> Seemed to speed up our tired pace.
> It kept us company through the day.
> We were grateful for the gift.
> For even as the day grew long,
> Our spirits it did lift.
> With sunset and fading wind
> The song grew slower in its pace
> And though we knew the sound was ending,
> I kept the smile upon my face.
> Because the tune inspires notes
> That help us each make up our song.
> Making immortal contributions
> In our hearts it will live on.
> The melody will remain
> Although the sound begins to dim;
> As the 'Whistler' and his tune
> Are carried on with the wind.
> for Chris with love,
> Jenny
Submitted by Joy /Written by Jenny Parker
January 10, 2008
i personally had mr. chadwick as a history teacher this year, he was quite possibly the best teacher i have had in my 11 years of public schooling. and it saddens me that he is gone
robert post
January 9, 2008
I just want to thank EVERYONE for taking the time to write something here about Chris. He was truly a remarkable man, he loved teaching, and loved all his students. I want to write more about him but I'm not ready just yet. Later. I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for their contributions because it gives me wonderful feelings every single day when I read it. He certainly left an exceptional legacy....and he will be truly missed. If anyone feels they would like to talk to me, please feel free. With love to all, Joy Chadwick
Joy Chadwick
January 8, 2008
It is a great loss to Eau Gallie High School and Chris's family to have him pass so suddenly. He is in a better place and will be missed by his colleagues, friends, and especially his family. I have fond memories of talking with Chris. I still have the doorstop he made for me. Rest in peace.
Julie Mallak
January 8, 2008
Words will never suffice when it comes to Chris. He was the epitome of a gentleman and a scholar. All of the faculty and staff here at EGHS greatly miss him. Thank you Chris for sharing your warmth, love for the water and Jimmy Buffett novels. It was an honor and a privilege to be your friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joy and the family.
Cindy Moore
January 7, 2008
I did not have Mr. Chadwick as a teacher nor did I know him very well but I heard about his death while I was with family and was saddened to know that he taught at Eau Gallie because losing a teacher at Eau Gallie is like losing something special because Eau Gallie is a wonderful school with nice, nice teachers and I think each and every one of them teach well. Mr. Chadwick will surely be missed. :[[[
Lauren Collett
January 7, 2008
I'm so shocked and sad to hear that he is gone. He gave me an awesome set of photography books that I use often, and inspired me to keep up photography as an influential hobby in my life. He was such a warm, likeable and inclusive person. My sincerest condolences...
Natalie Arroyo
January 7, 2008
I am a student in Mr. Chadwick's 12 grade Class at Eau Gallie High School and I have a learning proablem but Mr. Chadwick
always took the extra time to help me if i was a little slower then the other kids and was always there for me and never got mad.
He taught me alot about working with wood and how to go about frameing houses. I learned alot from him and he told me to
never give up and go for my dreams no matter how hard it may seam. He always told us to give it our best shot and learn from our mistakes. He was just the most amazing teacher. I will miss him very much and will also miss his stories about his boat he built and his wonderful family. Going back to shool now will never be the same but i am going to try and do what he taught me to do and that is go for my dreams and go to college for Construction like you want to do. He was a great teacher and i will miss him alot. He will be with me in class from now until the end of the shool year in everything i do in his class.
Daniel Barnett
January 7, 2008
Where do I start? Joy, I love you! As I did Chris also. I am so shocked I do not know how to respond. I will be to see you very soon, I promise. Chris was extrodinary in lots of ways. He and I had a great passion for History, and I always enjoyed talking with him about it. He never seemed to be tired, always willing to get up and go, and motivating everyone with him. I will miss him, and all those things about him. Chris loved the water, but I was really taken in by his love of the mountains. I will never forget our weekend in the Mountains of Gatlinburg, what a great time we had. As I have read the entries in the guest book, I am not surprised by the entries of his past students, this man was of great things, he had wisdom, integrity, compassion, passion, and was a man's man, someone you liked to just hang out with. The legacy of Chris Chadwick will live on forever in his children and grandchildren, and will always hold a place in my heart as I am sure in everyone else. I am a better man for knowing Chris Chadwick and spending some quality time with him. But I especially appreciate what he did to make my cousin, my dear friend Joy, HAPPY, of all things he could not have given more than giving himself, thanks Chris, and we will see each other again.
January 7, 2008
i was hesitant to sign this guest book due in part to my inability to properly give praise to the great man that was Chris Chadwick. I had him for my last years of high school as i took the woodshop classes he taught. i can still remember him coming up with excuses for me to leave school during class to go get food calling it a "part run". he was one of the best friends i ever had and was more of a father to me then my own father ever has been. i will miss him more then i can express with words. but i know hes living his dream now, Sailing the heavens.
Daniel Whatley
January 6, 2008
I first met you at GRPD in 1976 and enjoyed working and learning with you on the job. I stored wood for your house that you built and checked the work on the Bristol Channel Cutter that you finished in your backyard in Grand Rapids so you could sail around the world. I was so glad we had the time together last March when I was in Florida and I got to see you teach. Good bye Ladder Man. Godspeed
Brad Risher
January 5, 2008
I had the great pleasure of getting to know Mr. Chadwick "Chris" when my son was in his class in 2006. He was so supportive and genuine to everyone. I'm so happy I was able to meet him personally after being his "penpal" for the school year. We focused on school related items, but the boat ALWAYS came up. I will really miss him. He was such a special person. My sincerest sympathy to his family. But I'm happy I was able to know him, even for a short time. He made me a different person.
Suzi Bellah
January 5, 2008
I will always remember his smile and warm disposition. He always went out of his way to say "good morning." The hallway will seem unfamiliar without him.
Penny Riffe
January 5, 2008
I am a family member in Tennessee. My Mom and Joy's Mom were sisters. They were born to Ester and Homer Mallicote. They had ten children.
We are a loving family and we all feel the loss to Joy and her's.
I also went back to read of the many thoughts so many had of Chris. What great comfort it is to know one man, a teacher, had touched so many with his kindness.
I just want to express my sympathy to Joy and her's.
God bless you all.
Jimmy Morelock
January 4, 2008
I am new to the wonderful staff here at EGHS and I had the opportunity to serve as a lunch duty partner with Mr. Chadwick. He always had a smile on his face and was a symbol of loving life to its fullest. He will be greatly missed!
Janee' Campbell
January 4, 2008
Dearest Joy,
How heartbreaking to suddenly lose the love of your life. You are in our thoughts and we pray you will find comfort in the beautiful memories shared with Chris.
Hike and Barbara
Barbara Mallicote
January 3, 2008
Several years ago, Mr. Chadwick re-powered his Westsail 32, and I purchased the engine he replaced. Since then, I rebuilt it and it is now the "Iron Jenny" for my boat. Rest assured that everytime I fire up the ol'Volvo a little bit of Chris will come to life.

Fair winds and smooth seas,
Ed Hlywa
January 2, 2008
As I read all the entries to the guest book, my heart was touched with the ourpouring of love and admiration for Chris. He was my brother in law, and because I live so far away, in Wyoming, I didn't get to know him as well as I would have liked. The times I was with him and JOy, I too was touched by his warm smile and his sense of humor. He loved my sister and gave her all of himself and for this I am grateful. He was so talented, I was in awe of the things he built, and Whistler...what a beautiful boat. Tears roll down my face as I read how he touched the lives of others and I'm sorry for thier sadness and hurt, I'm sorry for the pain his sister feels. My father will miss Chris, his friend and cribbage partner....and my sister, she will miss him in a way no one else will...he was her husband and partner and best friend. One day, she will see him again. We will all miss Chris. He was a true gentle man and gentleman. (Smile) My love to his family. I am sincerely sorry for your loss and your pain. I love you Joy.
Delight Kuhnle
January 2, 2008
i didt really tlak to mr. chadwick but even though we didnt know each other he would alwasy give a friendly hello to everyone that passes by his class, i can still hear the christmas music he was playing the hall ways before the break
January 2, 2008
I was in Mr. Chadwicks history class in 2002 and i can still remember things he taught me. i never had a passion for history but he made it fun. it is hard for me to believe that he is gone. like several people have said, at least he was on his boat doing what he loved. he will be missed so much.
Meagan Frontz
January 2, 2008
How great is our loss of Chris! He was a kind, sweet and giving person. I enjoyed knowing him and providing material for his boatbuilding classes for many years.

Our loss is tremendous, but Chris has gone to a better phase of life- eternal life! He and I talked about death after I got kinda sick, and we agreed that death is just like high school graduation. It's not the end- just another beginning!

God's blessings and mercies for the Chadwick family
Marshall Nix
January 1, 2008
I had Mr. Chadwick for history in the 11th grade, I am completely stunned at the news of his passing, and deeply saddened that I missed the ceremony. He was defiantly one of my favorite teachers. I remember the times when I was falling behind in his class and he said he will take my assignments late but they wouldn't count at all, and when the report card came I had a C in his class. Thank you Mr. Chadwick, smooth sailing in heaven Sir! You will truly be missed down here!
Tim Hutker
January 1, 2008
I am very saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Chris Chadwick. As my lunch monitor partner and friend he will be missed very much. Chris spoke so highly of his wife and family on a daily basis. Joy, he loved your cooking! I'm very sorry for your loss.
Laurie Spray
January 1, 2008
I didn't personally know Mr. Chadwick, but I work closely with his son Chris. Last fall I started an impossible project to redo my stair case and shared daily updates with the folks at work. Chris (Jr) had tuned me onto his father for "professional help". Rarely have I seen Chris light up about anything but it seemed that there was something special about his dad when he spoke of him. A character of a man above men. When I spoke with Mr. Chadwick he gave me the warm feeling of a cross between a trusted shop teacher and a patient father. He took as much time as I needed to explain how to succeed on my own with emphasis on checking the "accuracy of my measurement equipment". The funny part of our story was that I did exactly as he advised and he turned out to be right. Is anyone surprised? Not me.
Jason Chumley
January 1, 2008
I was a student of Mr.Chadwick in the 10th grade at Eau Gallie High School. He taught me everything I know today about framing a house, and working wood. He was a great teacher, teach giving it a shot and learning from your mistakes. He was the reason I finally started wearing safety glasses...a few kick backs on the table saw and some splinters shooting off the cut off saw gets your attention. I was one of many who gave him a high five in the halls and killed time between bells talking to him. Happy sailing in heaven.
Alexander Naster
January 1, 2008
He was the most amazing teacher I have ever had. These past few months i've had alot of problems, and he was always there to help me as best as he could. Going back to school after break, just won't be the same.
thank you for always being there.
You will be missed by me, and all of your student.
Kristina Reed
January 1, 2008
Mr. Chadwick,
you are the best teacher i've ever had. i never did my homework, and i rarely took notes...but i was always listening and learning everything you were saying. I still have my notbook from your class. I always looked forward to your class every day last year , and especially for the smile of the day. youre the teacher who i would come back and visit while i'm in college to show you how far i've come, but somehow i think you'll still know, because youre still watching down on everyone you care about. Mr. Chadwick, you were an amazing teacher, and a great friend. you will be forever missed.
Ashley Prives
January 1, 2008
We didn't always see eye to eye, but I always respected, and loved you. I will miss you.
Jim Chapman
Jim Chapman
January 1, 2008
Love the Michigan family who missed you when you left, and love you always/Chris' B-day 1977, niece Jennifer,Chad,Drew, Nephew Jamey 1976
January 1, 2008
Chris with sister Gini 1956/and in 2006/ three sibling Chris,Shirley,Gini
January 1, 2008
I just met Mr. Chadwick this year. He as a teacher and as a friend has helped alot of us even if we dont notice it. He inspired us to have fun while learning and to be able to work for what we know is right. He was truly an amazing person. Mr. Chadwick always talked about how he loved his boat, well, now he died in the way he most likely wanted. On his boat, and I bet he is smiling down on us right now. Thank you Mr. Chadwick, American History wont be the same without your "joke of the day" or your constant smile. R.I.P. My friend. I will always miss you.
Anthony Davis
January 1, 2008
I give my sincere Condolences to the Family of Chris. He was one of the, if not the best teacher I ever had. He always had a smile on his face. I learned so much in such a short time from his class. R.I.P Mr. Chadwick, you will be missed.
Matthew Gamerl
January 1, 2008
Bubba: You've been my hero since I can remember! I was always your shadow and you were the best brother (and the biggest pain at times!) a girl could have and I wouldn't trade any of that for anything!

I love you Bubba!

Gini Chadwick-Chapman
January 1, 2008
Although Chris was never my "schoolteacher",he was one of the best teachers of my life.Everytime we spent time together as a family I learned something new.His intelligence and knowledge sparked something in me Ive never felt before.
The hurt from Chris's passing will always be there with me in my mind.I long for his cuddly bearhugs and those tickley kisses and I will always remember that sweet charming smile.
Chris will be greatly missed,for we all loved him so much...Love and peace~Sarah TR and Brianna Elder/Bishop
Sarah Bishop
December 31, 2007
Chris's Pride and Joy- Whistler/ Captain Chris
December 31, 2007
Chris in June 1959/ US Army 1961
December 31, 2007
We are so sorry to hear about Chris. Bob remembers lots of fun times when he was young with cousins Chris and Lee. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Robert & Bonnie Kinsey
December 31, 2007
I'm very sad and will miss my uncle Chris so very much! I want to say to Chad, Drew, and my aunts I'm here for you and there in spirit. I love you and wish I could be there with you! I will always remember my uncle Chris as a wonderful, sprited,and loving uncle with much humor. I will miss you uncle Chris with all of my heart. I miss you guys.
Love Always Jennifer
Jennifer Chapman
December 31, 2007
It was my honor to have known Chris. I will miss his humor, his positive attitude and his friendship. It is my hope that memories of Chris live on in our hearts and that he is sailing the greatest of all oceans now and forever. He is missed.
Carol Burns
December 31, 2007
It really uplifts our hearts to read what a talented, respected, and inspirational teacher Chris was to his co-workers and students. We continue to keep you all ( Chad, Drew, Lisa, Nick, Joy ) in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. We are sorry we cannot be there to give you comfort, love, and hugs in person. May the Lord keep you in the palm of His hand. With deepest sympathy and love, Ron, MJ, and Ryan
M.J., Ron, and Ryan Mass
December 31, 2007
Dear Joy, Gini and families,
My heart hurts for you all with this sudden loss. This leaves us breathless as Death reaps yet another family member. May the Lord bless you and keep you, make his face to shine upon you and give you peace.

Your cousin,
Dana Van Wormer
December 31, 2007

Some of the guys we're just talking about how much we missed being in your class. You were such an awesome teacher, and we are all truely blessed to have met you in our lives. We all miss you very much. Thank you for everything you've done for me.
Stephen Schoenherr
December 31, 2007
We are very saddened to hear of Mr. Chadwicks passing. He was such an inspiration to my son Dustin, who he taught for 3 years. He would help anyone with a project, even a parent like myself the day before Christmas break with a craft problem I was having. He will be missed very much. The Helpingstine Family
Steve, Boni, Dustin Helpingstine
December 31, 2007
In working with him as a teacher at Eau Gallie, he was one of a few teachers that helped in my first years. I would see him every day, and he always had time to talk. He was truly an inspiration to all the students he taught, they loved going to the shop. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to your loving family.
Steve and Mary Vilgats
December 31, 2007
Chris I will miss you.
mark gleason
December 31, 2007
As a three year student of Mr. Chadwicks, i must say that he was definately one of the greats. He has changed my life in so many ways that cant be described. His passion towards life and workmanship was just so great. He will be missed by all. His heart sails on.....
Will Boudreau
December 31, 2007
Dear Mr.Chadwick,

You were one of the best teachers I have ever had.I have learned so much from you.Never once did I not see you smile.You loved life so much.I didnt think it was your time to go but thats not my choice.You were such an honarable man and you will never be forgotten.I cant belive its actually true,that you're gone.It doesnt seem like reality.It feels like this is all a stupid prank that the newspaper did and when I come back to school I am goin to see you and you're goin to greet me like you did everyday and pick on me because it was just"to easy".I am really goin to miss your grin for the days and all your storys you would tell us about your boat and your family.I feel like I practically already know them.Eau Gallie is not goin to be the same without you.
Brittany Morris
December 30, 2007
Mr. Chadwick, was the best teacher i ever had. he belived in me when know would, i am deeply sadden to hear about his passing, my thoughts and preys are with his family, rest in peace, Mr. Chadwick you will be missed!
A Yuergens
December 30, 2007
Joy, Chris, Lisa and family. I am very sorry to here of Mr. C's death. I was one of his shop students of EGHS Class os 1989. He was one of my favorite instructors. I was unsure what to do with my life and he introduced me to his son Chris who work for the locl ambulance service. After I met and rode once I was hooked. Mr. C helped me out with alot of my personal problems and was a great inspiration. I along with tons of his old stdents will miss him greatly.
Eric Norris
December 30, 2007
I'm very sorry to hear about the death of a very wonderful teacher.
Mr.Chadwick was one of my 10th grade teachers at EGHS.
My prayers go out to his family.
jatori Williams
December 30, 2007
Our Sincere Sympath to all who Morn especially to Chad, Lisa, Drew and Nick.
Life isn't always fair and we know that you're still trying to get over Lori's Death. Now you have to do it all over once again in the Death of Your Dad and Grandpa. REst assured, that you are not alone for we are there in Spirit with you.
We wish we could be there in person to give you the hugs that you deserve and need, but we can instead give you the assurances that all of you are in our Thoughts and Prayers.
May the Lord grant you His Peace which Passes all Human Understanduing. May He also Calm your Troubled Hearts and wipe away your Tears
God Bless, Love,
Joel & Kathy Heine
Joel Heine
December 30, 2007
to the chadwick family~ i am just fond memories of him, and my son got to know him this year. but, i will definitely miss his beard and great smile.
kelly and anthony lusk
December 30, 2007
to the family of Mr Chadwick,
Our prayers and thoughts go out to you all. I am a former student at EGHS and I also helped withh the EMH students as well, Mr Chadwick was very well liked and a great role model also. He will be deeply missed and in our hearts forever
Kathy Gabriel
December 30, 2007
To the family of Mr. Chadwick,
We are deeply sorry for the loss of Chis, he was a very special person to those that knew him. I remember him because I helped to teach the EMH students and got to know him thru the eyes of the students and teachers. He is a perfect role model for students and teachers and everyone that he touched.
Mr and Mrs Gabriel
December 30, 2007
We are shocked and terribly saddened to read of Mr. Chadwicks passing. He was one of my son's favorite teachers, as I am sure is the case with each and every student he taught. He was always there to lend an ear, or a helping hand. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Susan Carraro
December 30, 2007
My condolences go out to the Chadwick family. Chris was a great gentleman and will be truly missed. I remember way back at Eau Gallie when he was building the boat. The passion he had while he created it makes me smile knowing that he passed while doing what he loved. God Bless you Chris and may the wind forever be in your sails.
Staci S
December 30, 2007
Captain Chris....

I'll always remember your smile and your perseverance. From a dream, to your backyard patio, down the Erie Canal, to did it! How many folks get to really live their dreams?

And now you're sailing the eternal sea....and from the crow's nest you yell down......allswell!
Herschel Lee Brown
December 29, 2007
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of my fellow teacher. Chris taught in the classroom next to me at EGHS. The week of December 17, just before school was out for the holidays, he set up his ipod in the hallway and played Christmas carols in between classes as the kids gathered around. He stopped by my classroom one day that same week, and we chatted during planning about his upcoming retirement, his passion for boating, and how excited he was about traveling to exotic places with his wife on their boat when he retired. Chris was always friendly and upbeat. Those are my last memories of him. He will be missed very much.
Brenda Earhart
December 29, 2007
We want to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

It was such an honor for me to know and work with Chris at Eau Gallie High School. Seldom did a day go by that he and I didn't spend a few moments talking together. He was one of our best teachers and a great friend who I will deeply miss.
Jeff & Priscilla Frahm
December 29, 2007
Chris will be missed by many! As a fellow teacher at Eau Gallie High I know Chris' talents and memory will live on through his students as well as those of us who had the pleasure of working him over the years. He was a blessing and inspiration to us all.
Kristin King
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