Slack, Christopher “Chris” William

It is with great sadness the family regretfully announces the passing of Christopher “Chris” William Slack, who passed away suddenly on January 12, 2022, at the age of 68. Beloved husband of Nicole Slack (nee Brabant) of 38 years. Loving father of David (predeceased), Jenny (Andrew) and Kelly (Jordan). Cherished “Grampa” to Breckin, Tenley, and Elijah. Dear son of the late Daniel and Edna Slack (nee Donovan). Beloved brother of Dianne, Danny (late Margaret), Adele (Greg), Steve (late Brenda), Cindy (Dennis) and predeceased by Nancy. Brother-in-law to the many of Nicole’s siblings and uncle to many nieces and nephews. 

For 35 years, Chris was a devoted member of the Scotiabank family in Northern Ontario, mostly in Sudbury. He will be fondly remembered by many colleagues and community members.

For over 6 years, Chris fought a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease (complicated by Multiple Systems Atrophy). Chris’ determination and commitment to living well with the disease was admirable and evident throughout his entire journey.

Chris’ love for reading and writing at an early age led him to graduating from Queen’s University with a BA (Hons.) in English Literature. He loved sports, and not just as a spectator: he was a great athlete, playing baseball for many years on various teams, as well as basketball and golf. Travelling, he did. Numerous Caribbean trips were taken with his soulmate over the years, accompanied by their longtime travelling companions, the Donovans and the Starrs.

One of Chris’ proudest achievements was writing a book about his life, which he published with great determination and devotion in the summer of 2021. For Chris, the thing that mattered the most was his family, a value which is reflected throughout his book.

Chris had a great sense of humor, making jokes and getting people to smile even in the most strained of circumstances. One of his greatest passions in life was to help others. He was a kind soul who would make time for friends and strangers alike. Chris valued lending a helping hand to others in times of need, a value which he encouraged others to embrace as well. He always left those who had the good fortune to meet him better than he had found them. Chris will be missed dearly and our memories of him will forever be cherished.

At Chris’ request, a celebration of life will be held in his honour by the family at a later date. The family wishes to extend gratitude and appreciation to the wonderful staff on the third floor at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (Clarion site). Donations to Parkinson’s Canada (local Sudbury Chapter) would be greatly appreciated.

Whatever your labours and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. 
–Max Ehrmann


12 Condolences

  1. Nicole,Jenny, Kelly and Slack Family
    Marilyn and I are first cousins of Chris. We spent many fun times at the Slack farm when we were younger. Our heart felt sympathies as we know he will be so missed.
    Linda and Marilyn

    By: Linda and Marilyn Cauley
    January 15, 2022
  2. I had the privilege to work with Chris many years at Station Mall. I had so much fun playing baseball.
    My condolences to the family.

    By: Brenda Pavelich
    January 15, 2022
  3. Sending my sincere condolences to Nicole, Jenny and Kelly and family.
    Thinking of you all at this difficult time
    Tina Donovan

    By: Tina Donovan
    January 15, 2022
  4. We were left with heavy hearts when we learned of Chris’s passing. Memories have been flooding back of numerous wonderful times. Many years of fun on the beach remembered in Chris’s poetry, concerts, travel and unlimited laughter. All hallmarks of a life well lived.
    Terry and Diane

    By: Terry and Diane
    January 15, 2022
  5. I was a co worker from Sault Ste Marie and had the great pleasure of working with Chris. He brought dedication, laughter and fun to our Scotiabank family. So many memories of Bon Soo etc. We send heartfelt condolences to Nicole and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Wanda and Terry Wilding

    By: Wanda Wilding
    January 15, 2022
  6. I am so saddened to hear that we have lost such a wonderful and kind person. I worked with Chris in 1978 when he started his Scotiabank career. My heart goes out to his family that he loved so dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. R.I.P. Chris.

    By: Aline Grzela
    January 14, 2022
  7. Sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. He was a great guy to work with. Was always talking about Nicole and the girls. We had a few chats about the Bruins and Canadiens. Best wishes to the family.
    Robin and Dave Bolton

    By: Robin and Dave Bolton
    January 14, 2022
  8. Joe, a first cousin of Chris’, and his wife, Linda, have only heard lately of Chris’ struggle with Parkinson’s and send our sincere sympathy to Nicole and his daughters for this loss. We’ve always heard, for years, from other cousins and from his sister, Diane, that he was a wonderful man, husband father, brother and friend. We know the family is struggling now with loss and grief and feel that they have been blest knowing and loving him. May they will find the strength to go on honouring this beautiful man. God take him quickly to a happy rest! Linda & Joe

    By: Joe & Linda Kenney
    January 14, 2022
  9. Nicole, Jenny and Kelly, words fail. We are so sorry to hear about this immense loss. Uncle Chris was a dear, kind, caring, funny and intelligent man. I look back fondly on many pieces of advice he imparted to me over the years. A shining example of a devoted family man, as well as a man of great courage and strength. Wishing you so much love and peace at this difficult time. Love, Jess and Gab

    By: Jessica
    January 14, 2022
  10. I had the pleasure of working with Chris for many years at the Scotiabank downtown. He was a very caring person had many conversations and his biggest joy was his family. Thoughts and prayers are with you Nicole and family at this very difficult time. RIP my friend. .

    By: Faith Johnson Morgan
    January 14, 2022
  11. Nicole and family: We were so saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. I have many fond memories of the “old days” at BNS and baseball. The last few years must have been a struggle, but you have lots of family and friends nearby. Cherish the good memories and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Cindy & Jeff Cudmore

    January 14, 2022
  12. I had the privilege of working with Chris many years ago at the Station Mall. He was a wonderful caring man. My deepest condolences to the family.

    By: Patricia Hamlyn
    January 14, 2022

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