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Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home and Memorial Park

700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL

OBITUARY

Christian "Chris" Bernd Nowicki

July 17, 1965June 15, 2020
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Christian (Chris) Bernd Nowicki of Tallahassee, FL passed away June 15, 2020 at his home in Tallahassee.

Chris was born July 17, 1965 in Berlin, Germany, the youngest son of Gerd-Heinz and Marianne Nowicki (Havana, FL). He is survived by his parents; brothers, Stefan Winfried Anders (Durham, NC) and Thomas Bernhard Nowicki (Berlin, Germany); and sister, Manuela Kirsten Nowicki Garner (Wellington, FL). The family emigrated to Ft. Myers, FL when Chris was young and there is where his love of fishing was born. They later settled in Havana, FL where Chris graduated high school near the top of his class and received a full scholarship to Florida A&M University. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from FAMU in Computer Information Systems/Software Engineering.

Chris was a man of many passions. Foremost among them are his wife, Lucy Wang; daughter, Bingbing Liu; and sons, Nicholas and Zachary. Lucy often said she actually had four children and those who know Chris adamantly agree; he was a big, lovable kid himself. He often said his greatest achievements were marrying Lucy and spending quality time with the children.

Software engineering was more than just his career. Chris loved writing code and even entered competitions in his spare time. He was so excited about it that he wanted to share his love with others and started teaching on weekends for FSU’s Center for Professional Development and then returned to his alma mater, FAMU, where he taught as an instructor and adjunct professor until now.

Chris loved gadgets and tinkering which explained the toolkit he always had handy on his belt. He collected antique calculators, old computers and old vehicles such as his vintage Model A and classic BMW motorcycle. Both of which spent more time being worked on than driven.

Travel was in his blood. For many years, he could be found riding his motorcycle in search of a good meal; his motto -- Ride To Eat. One of his proudest rides was completing an Iron Butt qualifying ride that included the Deal’s Gap Tail of the Dragon road (318 turns in 11 miles). That meal search didn’t end with motorcycles. He was partners with his best friend owning a 1965 Cessna airplane. They would spend weekends flying to Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, and anywhere else they could get a $100 Hamburger (when you factored in fuel costs).

Chris, Lucy and the family traveled to China, Europe, and Canada as often as they could. His dream was to find a remote job that would let them move to someplace and spend months there so the kids could really experience other cultures.

Finally, Chris wasn’t just content with being earth-bound. Space was a life-long passion and at age 54 he applied to the NASA Civilian Astronaut program. Sadly, he didn’t get an answer before it was too late.

For those who wish to donate to a charity in Chris' name in lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to the Space Camp Scholarship Fund.

The instructions are:

Go to https://www.gospaceeducation.org/general-fund

Click on Donate Today

Under "My Donation is for" select Space Camp

Under "Specific person being honored" enter Chris' name.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10am at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312 with the Celebration of Chris' Life beginning at 11am. For those who are unable to attend in person, the celebration of life will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/meadowwoodmemorialpark/live_videos

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Christian "Chris" Bernd Nowicki

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Jabare Mitchell

June 26, 2020

The man loved his flip flops. I’ll never forget the inner laughter hearing him flippity flopping down the halls. He was a brilliant man, and a great instructor of computer science. He has made a positive impact on this world , and within the hearts and minds of his students, he lives on.

Avron Bernstein

June 25, 2020

I'm so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to Lucy and the entire family at this difficult time. My prayers are with you.

Detavia Thomas

June 24, 2020

Chris & I were High School classmates. We shared many moments as young men growing into Men. Chris had a study habit like no other. He would eat lunch, quickly. Then head to the library for study. I learned that from him. He was hilarious when he decided to be. We didn’t speak after graduation until a few years ago when we reconnected on FB. My classmate, friend & brother Chris is sorely missed even so soon. Family.... Live out the creed of Chris heart.

Kathi Zagar

June 23, 2020

I am heartbroken for Lucy, her family, and for all of us who knew and loved Chris. He was a fun loving, generous, and a genuinely nice guy , whose love for his family was true and unlimited. Chris, rest in peace, dear friend. Love and prayers to Lucy and her family.

Ken Riggs

June 23, 2020

As student, colleague and friend he was exceptional for his intelligence, his enthusiasm and his kindness. This is a loss to many.

Chunping Lin

June 22, 2020

Were you saying hello to us through the flicking candlelight? We could almost feel your signature wave greeting yesterday. We miss your coffee, green bean casserole, pot roast, .... and your witty jokes.

Kurtis Jungersen

June 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Chris a few years back, and loved his good spirit and sense of humor. We both enjoyed learning new things, and would often get lost on tangents talking about various things from software and databases to his triathlons and days as a pilot. He was one of the smartest colleagues I've ever had, and I really enjoyed learning so much from him. Chris was also one of the few coworkers I've had that had a sense of humor after my own!

His sudden passing deeply saddens me, and is a reminder of how precious and temporary life is.

To Lucy and the kids - I know you all meant the world to Chris. He cared for you all more than absolutely anything else, and I'm so sorry for your loss.

Best wishes and sympathies,
Kurtis

Robert Cooper III

June 22, 2020

One of the most influential teachers. I still recall the life, professional, and ethical lessons you taught me. Thank you, Mr. Nowicki. Love and Respect. Peace be unto you.

Sam Pyne

June 22, 2020

I retain fond memories as a student in Prof. Nowicki's C# course .
He had the uncanny ability to combine the humanity, wisdom, intelligence, and humor that provided fresh access to the vagaries of programming and inspired us to be better thinkers. As a natural educator, he never missed an opportunity to assist us and provide the motivation to be our best selves.

Godspeed and farewell, Prof. Nowicki. You have slipped these surly bonds of earth and is now free to enjoy all the blessings of the hereafter. Heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends. Prof. Nowicki was an amazing person who has had a tremendous impact on the people that he encountered on his life's journey.

Bobby Granville

June 22, 2020

The family of Chris Nowicki,
I am deeply saddened to learn of Chris’ passing. He was my friend, my undergraduate student, my master’s student, and my co-worker. His students and our Computer Science department will certainly miss him. I will miss the joy that Chris brought to everyone. You and your family are in our thoughts.
Sincerely,
Bobby Granville
Associate Professor, Florida A & M University

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