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William Chadwick

October 2, 1947 — October 3, 2023


William Chadwick

William R Chadwick, age 76, loving husband, father, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully at his home in Louisa, VA on October 3, 2023.

Known affectionately as Bill, Daddy Bill, or Chad he was born on October 2, 1947, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Bill attended Lee High School, and soon after was drafted and served 2 years in Germany from 1967 to 1969. He and Kris married in Baton Rouge in 1970, and raised two beautiful children, Michelle and Michael. They shared fifty-three amazing years, and celebrated their anniversary just one day before he closed his eyes for the last time.

During the first several years of their marriage they resided in Baton Rouge, but due to Bill's career transfers with the Duriron Company, the family spent a glorious year in Tucson, Arizona, and then in the more lush and tropical warmth of Lakeland, Florida. There they thrived happily for six wonderful years before returning to their hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Bill and Kris' lives changed drastically in the fall of 1993, when a tragic car accident took Michael's life at age 21. Bill soon turned to writing and joining online groups who shared stories of parents who had tragically lost children ... Through this work he bravely journeyed through his own grief while helping others with theirs. In 1997 they adopted their son Brian, who was 11 years old. Brian entered the Navy in 2004 and went through basic training in Great Lakes, IL. Bill moved with Kris to Virginia in 2004, where she had accepted a position in pediatric nursing at University of Virginia Hospital, in Charlottesville. They resided in the quiet countryside of Louisa County, where Bill continued to write, but also took on more meaningful work as chief chef at home, in addition to doing some home carpentry renovations. He always encouraged Kris in her continued studies toward her nursing degree and supported her proudly in her achievements. He extended his role as father to many nephews and nieces and became involved in the church community nearby.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kris, his daughter, Michelle, their adopted son, Brian, and his brother and sister-in-law, John and Carol Chadwick. Bill is predeceased by his parents Rupert and Dorothy Chadwick, and his son, Michael.

The Chadwick family will be holding two memorial services: first in Virginia and later in Louisiana. The service in Virginia will be held at Calvary Chapel, 2772 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra, Virginia, on October 21, 2023, at 2:00pm.  

A second service will be held at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on December 2, 2023, at 11:00am.

The family requests donations be made to Hospice of Piedmont Charlottesville, VA or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The family wishes to thank Hospice for their support and help.

Just as Bill used to enjoy cooking Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the family, the family celebrated Bill’s life with the same traditional meal at his home during the summer of ’23. Kris and Michelle wish to express heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all the family and friends who stood by their side during Bill’s illness.



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Memorial Service

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Memorial Service

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St Andrews United Methodist Church

17510 Monitor Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70817

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