February 18, 1936 - April 8, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
It is with heavy hearts that we announce our loving mom, Patricia Ann Chadwick (Battie), peacefully passed away in her home on April 8, 2023, after a long battle with dementia. Paddy was many things to many people, but most of all, she was loved immensely. In true Paddy fashion, her cheeky spirit remained until the end.
Born to Mary and Rud Battie in Ladysmith, February 18, 1936, she completed their family as the youngest of six children.
Paddy admired her siblings Margaret (Henry), Jack (Scotty), Rud (Ellen), Stewart (June), and Ronnie (Noreen). She was proud of the Battie family heritage, their deep roots, and the contributions they made to the Ladysmith community throughout the years.
Predeceased by two extraordinary husbands, Harvey Leroy Chadwick of five years, and Murray Brian Chadwick of fifty years, resulting in their combined family of seven children. After the untimely death of Harvey, and upon her marriage to Murray, Paddy would jest, "I love my mother-in-law so much, I picked her twice!"
Paddy will live on forever in the hearts of her children, Theresa (Norm), Mark (Laurel), Donna (Richy), Barb (Jamie), Tim (Kim), Rita (Curtis), and Sandy (Brad).
She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Chad (Laurie), Scott, Brynne (Ryan), Heidi, Nick (Anna), Tracee (Pat), Erin (Kevin), Dylan (Hayley), Brady (Alix), Emily, Nick (Tiffany), and Jessica (Sean).
Her great-grandchildren, who called her Nana Pabby, Andrew, Ryan, Nathan, Lucas, Caitlyn, Ollie, Kassidy, Devon, Tyler, Jack, Zoe, Mason, Preston, Brielle, and Juniper.
A large family she took great pride in, and will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends.
She was a talented woman, playing the piano, creating works of art with her crocheting, and always found joy in having picnics at the beach and time spent at the Chadwick farm. Paddy graduated from St Anne's Academy and was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Parish. For a time, she worked at Mainwaring's Fashion on First Avenue and the Ladysmith Laundromat.
Then settled in at the Ladysmith Secondary School cafeteria working for TK Coin, earning the endearing title of Mrs. C (or the Change Lady) from the students, whom she adored. Her role as the lunch lady and the special care she took of all the students made such an impact that years later she inspired the creation of an apple cake recently made at the Old Town Bakery.
Volunteerism was another aspect of her life as a member of the Ladysmith Kinette Club and the Ladysmith Ambassador Program for fourteen years where she was crowned as "Mrs. Everything". Her strong connections to her community established a lasting impact wherever she went - making lifelong friends along the way.
Paddy's life revolved around family, celebrations, and traditions. It was a known fact that the Chadwick residence had an open-door policy. The kettle was always on and the cookie cupboard was always full. She was a listening ear, calming presence, and there was comfort in her consistency. She was an avid spectator and the loudest supporter in any sporting arena or field. You could feel her pride from any audience, for any graduation, recital, or ceremony.
She was small yet fierce, gentle yet strong, sweet yet sassy. Her quick wit and sense of humour were unwavering, her laughter infectious, and her dancing shoes were well-worn!
In Paddy's own words, her days "were filled with love, laughter, and craziness. I couldn't have wished for more."
A special thank you to all who supported us in the care of Mom: Dr. Fergus Kennedy, Dr. Sebastian Browne, and Home Support Caregivers, Jude, Jamie, Shelley, Melissa, Carley, and especially Kelly, Kasey, and Marylou.
Service will be held at St Mary's Catholic Church in Ladysmith on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 11:00 am. Refreshments to follow at St. Mary's Hall.