William Jordan Chadwick

April 21, 1948March 5, 2018

Chadwick, William Jordan, April 21, 1948 – March 5, 2018. Loving father of Arielle, Chelsea and Kylie, beloved husband of Cheryl Marie Thomas, son of NHL Hall of Fame referee William “Big Whistle” Chadwick, who announced the New York Rangers hockey games and Mildred Jordan Chadwick, sister of Barbara Lee Chadwick, nephew of Alan and Doris Kassel, cousin to Bonnie Kassel, Kim Kassel Diethelm, and Kal Kassel, uncle to Matthew Chadwick Kolon and Jessica Beth Kolon Andrews and brother-in-law to Christine Hogan, Stanley Thomas, Martin Thomas, Thomas Thomas, Celeste Thomas and William Thomas.

He died on March 5th at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. Bill was born in New York City and grew up in Westbury, Long Island, attending Westbury High School, St. Lawrence University and Vanderbilt University’s School of Law, where he received his law degree.

At the time of his death, Bill was president of Malibu Living his residential real estate company, partnering with COMPASS, the forward-thinking real estate/tech company based in New York. His vision was to blend technology and local community information with his unique knowledge of the real estate market.

Formerly, Bill was Managing Director of Chadwick Saylor & Co.; Chairman, CS Securities, Inc.; President, PSI Institutional Realty Advisors, a subsidiary of Public Storage Inc. and former Chairman and President, Pension Real Estate Association (PREA).

He was previously a partner at the law firm of Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, where he was a member of the Management Committee and Chairman of the Tax Department. He has served as Administrator for Pension and Welfare Benefits (ERISA), U.S. Department of Labor and received Special Achievement Awards at both departments.

Of Bill’s many accomplishments, he was most proud of the work he did in the revitalization of the Exposition Park and the California Science Center. He was appointed by former Governor Gray Davis in 1999 and again in 2003. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also appointed Bill for a third four-year term. The CSC Board elected him to serve as its Chairman for four terms (2002-2004 and 2007). He was a member of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and served as the Commission's President. Bill has served as a member of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission for the past 10 years.

A life-long athlete, Bill was an accomplished water skier, was a Hall of Fame athlete at St. Lawrence University for football, a booster of Pepperdine University’s Men’s Volleyball and an avid fan of the New York Yankees.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the California Science Center Foundation by calling (213) 744-2035. A celebration of life will be Saturday, April 7th, from 3-7 p.m. 6110 Merritt Drive, Malibu, CA.


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Terry Slaven

July 24, 2018

Cheryl and family,
I was saddened to learn of Bill's passing from the pages of the St. Lawrence Magazine. Bill was in the class ahead of mine at the University, and although we didn't share many common interests, I always admired his skills as a leader and his warm and open personality. I counted Bill as a friend, and always thought our paths would cross again. I hope you will take some solace in knowing that Bill had positive impact on many lives, and is warmly remembered by those who knew him when.

Grayson Sanders

April 2, 2018

Dear Cheryl,
Marylee and I were shocked and saddened when we heard of Bill’s passing from a mutual friend the day after the tragedy occurred. I certainly feel the loss of a friend of 30 years but it can’t be 1% of what you and the girls must feel.
Bill was a bigger than life kind of person. He was so smart and talented in many ways and virtually everyone he encountered looked up to him. He was a high achiever from an early age and excelled in athletics, scholarship, law, business, government service, and as a board member and chair of multiple boards. If that wasn’t enough, he had Hollywood leading man looks that made the opposite sex swoon and the rest of us guys jealous.
I met Bill for the first time in December of 1987 at a restaurant in West LA. I served with him on the Pension Real Estate Board in the ‘90’sand saw him in person for the last time last June in Irvine at a board meeting for the business he helped me start in 2013.
Marylee and I vividly remember meeting you for the first time at our home in Lake Forest, IL in 1993. You two had recently married and you wanted to discuss the pros and cons of adoption with us since we had adopted three sons in the early ‘80’s.
May God richly bless you and the girls as you put this current pain behind you and go on to live the abundant lives that Bill would want you to live. We look forward to giving you a big hug at the Memorial event on April 7. In the meantime we continue to pray for you, Arielle, Chelsea and Kylie.

Hil & Diane Covington

March 26, 2018

Dear Cheryl,
Hil and I are deeply saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We so admired him and loved all the happy times we had with the the two of you. It’s been a while, but those memories are forever. God bless you and the girls and may he help you find peace. We are so sorry your loss.

Diane & Hil

Michael Grosswendt

March 13, 2018

Bridget and I send our deepest condolences to you and the girls.
Bill was a huge inspiration to me and I was so blessed to have known and worked with him.
We are here for anything ever needed.
Peace to you and yours,

Larry Pena

March 13, 2018

Cheryl, this is Senior Officer Larry Pena from Exposition Park. It was just recently that I found out about Mr. Chadwick’s passing. I just wanted to say that he was our #1 supporter for our department. He would always make sure that we were looked after. In his busy life and constantly on schedule, he always said hello and listen to our concerns. He was a great man. I am sorely going to miss him. God bless you and the girls and let the lord pull you through. You are a very strong woman and so are your girls.. take care and much love. Larry Pena 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Cathy Cygan

March 13, 2018

Annie, Jack & I are sending you our love and prayers and are here if we can help in any way.
The Cygan Family

Bruce Megowan

March 13, 2018

Maureen and I want to let you know that our hearts and prayers go out to you and your wonderful daughters at this difficult time.
Bruce and Maureen Megowan