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PADWICK, Herbert William

September 14, 1912 – January 9, 2013

Herb Padwick has died after 100 years well spent. He passed peacefully at home, with his wife of 74 years, Isobel, and family members at his side.

He is also survived by two daughters, Cathy Coates and Anne Reid; five grandchildren, Christopher Padwick, Jonathan Reid, Samantha Reid-Scanlan, Justin Coates and Sarah Taylor. Six great-grandchildren followed with Ryan and Lauren Padwick, Christian and Taylor Scanlan and Theuwis and Klara Reid. Herb survived his only son, Herbert W. (Paddy) Padwick Jr., who fell victim to cancer last year. Born, raised and married in Winnipeg, Herb joined the Air Force Reserve at a young age and later, when WWII broke out, he won an officer’s commission, rising to the rank of Wing Commander. He served throughout WWII in England, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Nova Scotia. Because he was credited with creating a much more efficient System for the maintenance of aircraft, he was sent to establish his method at air force training bases in all of the above provinces. Many of his innovative procedures are still used today in the modern Canadian Air Force. After the war he and Isobel moved to Regina where they raised three children and he eventually became General Manager of Kramer Tractor, a Caterpillar dealership.
In 1974 he came to Calgary where he became President of Energy Industries Ltd., a gas compressor manufacturing company. Here he purchased his last home, Belmar Ranch near Millarville, where he was joined by both his daughters and their husbands, Joe Coates and Mike Reid, and who together successfully raised horses and Angus cattle. Herb also became involved with local community organizations, joining the Board of Directors for Meota Gas Co-op; and becoming a member of the vestry at Christ Church near Millarville. In his waning years Herb was active in forming a caring organization that would see to the preservation and maintenance of the Christ Church cemetery.

Funeral services will be held at the Millarville Christ Church on Saturday, 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service will follow the church service at the Millarville Christ Church Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Herbert Padwick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Louise (Lamb) and Steve Prevost :

    We are so sorry to hear of Herb’s passing and our thoughts go out to Isobel and the entire family. We have the fondest memories of visits with Herb and Isobel both in Ontario and out in Alberta. Mom and Dad, Lil and Art Lamb, had the best times visiting over the years with Herb and Isobel. May your wonderful memories bring some comfort to you all at this very sad and difficult time. Love Steve and Louise

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  2. Bernice Kennedy :

    I had the most distinct pleasure of meeting Herb and Isobel at 14 Wing Greenwood. Herb called me to see about visiting the 14 Air Maintenance Squadron (14 AMS)and I gladly assisted all that I could in steering him to the right people. Herb did visit the squadron and in short order was nominated and awarded the position of Honorary Colonel 14 AMS, a position he held for four vice the normal three years. He was so very highly regarded by all at 14 Wing Greenwood who had the privilege of meeting and talking with him. Herb was truly a legend to the young air force members as well as being the most memorable person to the rest of us. We shall miss Herb greatly, and will always fondly remember visits with him and Isobel in both Greenwood and Calgary. A solid man who will be gladly greeted by our Lord who will thank Herb for his earthly contributions over his 100 plus years. Thank you, Herb, for coming into our lives for you leave us with fond memories. God Bless you, Herb,and may you enjoy the blessing of your eternal home.
    Love from Bernice (Kennedy) Furlotte and Don Furlotte

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  3. I was saddened to read of Mr. Padwick’s passing. I remember him as a kind and generous man. I was equally saddened to read that my college friend, his son Paddy, has also passed away. I regret never getting to spend time with him after our good-byes in 1962. He has been part of my memories since that time. My condolences to all of you.

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  4. Ron and Liz Mitchell, Lisa Mitchell and Pam Philp :

    Dear Isobel,
    We are so sorry to hear of Herb’s passing. Our times at Christ Church hold happy memories of you both. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts.

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