Chris spent his life split between northern England and the West Coast of Canada in Victoria on Vancouver Island. Chris passed away July 18th, 2023. He is survived by his sons Dominic and Thomas, their wives Jayne and Danika, his amazing grand-daughters Ada, Isla, Lillian and Pearl who adored him.
Chris was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire to Ada Butcher and Frank Bradshaw. He spent some of his younger years in Fazakerley Cottage Homes with his older brother David. With help from the community, Chris and David were reunited with Ada and his sisters Sheila, Dorothy and brother Ronnie. He grew up in Garston, Liverpool and enjoyed the vibrant music, social, and football scene in Merseyside. He was an avid Liverpool FC supporter and traveled with the team across England and Europe.
As a young man, Chris met his wife Josie at a dance. Chris and Josie were married in 1972. Chris was trained as a bricklayer on a government training scheme. He then traded in his spirit level and trowel to become a fireman in the Cheshire County Fire Brigade. He then took his skills in first aid to work as a first responder and safety officer at ICI’s Rocksavage Plant and then onto Fiddlers Ferry Power Station in Widnes.
In 1990, Chris and family decided to emigrate to Victoria BC, Canada and quickly made new friends and connections. Chris had a fine eye for porcelain and fine furniture, and turned the hobby into a business. He organized numerous antique shows and even had an antique store on Fort Street. He also started and maintained a successful book distributing business before becoming a commissioner. Chris was also a coach and board member of Cordova Bay Soccer Club. He loved interacting with his players, teams, and community. He loved the beautiful game.
Chris was an extremely generous soul. He enjoyed making connections and talking with people. He loved his friends, family, and especially his gorgeous grand-daughters who he always had presents, money, and candy for. They were his world. He was very proud of his family and he told them often. He will be missed and always loved. YNWA, Dad…xx