August 19, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
The passing of Brian Chadwick is announced with deep sadness. Brian passed away peacefully in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, on August 19, 2023.
Brian was born in Bradford, England in 1937 to Doris (Rayner) and Leonard Chadwick. Brian joined the British Merchant Marines at an early age to embark on a challenging career as a marine engineer that took him to many ports throughout the world.
With extensive North Sea experience and a wealth of engineering knowledge, Brian's expertise was sought throughout the years by companies engaged in building and operating what were the largest, most powerful, and most innovative vessels of their types for offshore oilfield services.
That level of experience brought Brian to the attention of Dome Petroleum in the mid-70s. With the first ice-reinforced drill ships to operate in the Arctic being designed and constructed by Dome's CANMAR for its extensive Beaufort Sea operations, Brian's engineering expertise was invaluable.
The years that Brian spent in Calgary and Tuktoyaktuk, NWT as General Manager of Marine Systems for CANMAR's growing Arctic operations culminated in the close of an exhilarating, challenging and exciting 35-year career in marine engineering.
A skilled boxer, avid swimmer, and talented rugby player as a youth in England, Brian continued to play rugby competitively as an adult while living in Australia and Vancouver. While visiting South Africa, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to its summit.
After moving to Calgary, Brian transitioned from rugby player to coach. He took immense pride and pleasure in coaching and mentoring high school rugby players. Brian made significant contributions to the development of the Calgary Canadian Irish Athletic Club in its early days, from coaching and fundraising to construction of the original clubhouse.
Early retirement gave Brian the opportunity to devote more time to rugby, fly fishing and construction/renovation projects for friends.
Brian will be greatly missed by his much-loved cousins Pauline (David and family) and Gerald (Pat and family), by his brother-in-heart Trevor Barchi and the surviving friends he grew up with in the U.K., as well as his long-time Calgary friend and fishing buddy Derick Wright and his loving friend and caregiver Carlene. Brian was predeceased by his cousin Bryn.
A traveler in death as he was in life, Brian's ashes will be scattered in places that were dear to him.