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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
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.Print This Obituary & Condolences