PANIAK, Christopher Eugene

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of our cherished father, brother, son, uncle, and friend to many, Chris Paniak on December 3rd, 2020 at the age of 57.

Chris’ memory will live on through his spouse of 33 years Arlene Paniak (Ewoniak) and three children Sarah, Lucas, and Ava; mother Jean; siblings Shirley (in-law), Valerie (Robert) Dunn, Vincent (Shirley) Paniak, and Marilyn (Drew) Brimacombe; nieces Lisa, Cariann, Amanda, Vanessa, Jacqueline, and Samantha; nephews Lori, Tristan, Terrill, Jason, Aaron, Curtis, and Justin; great friend Martin Mrazik, among others. Chris was predeceased by his father Frederick and brother Lawrence.

Chris was a well-known neuropsychologist in the Edmonton area. He helped the lives of many whom he saw while working at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon (1989-91); the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton (1991-2015); and through Paniak Psychological Services over many years.

Chris loved playing sports such as hockey, slo-pitch, and football; listening to and discovering new music and was a regular at the Edmonton Folk Fest; absorbing new literature through reading numerous biographies; going on family vacations to Hawaii and the Rocky Mountains; and spending quality time with his many pet cats over the years.

Chris was known for his goofy sense of humour, eagerness to help others, and dedication to learning more about the world. These passions, among many others, will continue to inspire the lives of those he touched during his time with us.


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Marianne and Bernie Bradshaw

Arlene, Sarah, Lucas and Ava, we are so sad to hear the news of Chris. It seems like just yesterday that we were all together embarking on our lives with hopes and dreams in our hearts and minds. Of course it has all gone by in the blink of an eye. Take strength in each other and know that many thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Marianne & Bernie Bradshaw


My sincere condolences to the Paniak family. I worked as a psychometrist in Chris’ private practice from 1999-2003. He was caring and incredibly supportive of my academic pursuits. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Treena Blake

A friend

My condolences to Ava, Lucas, and Sarah.

Chris and I have been out of touch for the last few months, I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He helped me in numerous ways and always lent a shoulder and an ear when I needed one.

People make mistakes and sometimes must battle their own demons, but please know that he loved you deeply and spoke of you often. He was proud of all three of you, he never missed a chance to speak about you. He worried about you. He boasted about your accomplishments. You were the most important thing in his life. Be great, be happy, be healthy.

Kelly Howes

Arlene, Sarah, Lucas and Ava –
Our love and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
Chris’ sense of humor and witt never failed to bring a smile and will always be remembered with a smile.
Rest well.

Sophie Yeung

To the Paniak family,
The loss of Chris is felt by many. Chris was an incredible and generous Neuropsychology mentor to me through undergraduate and graduate school. I am so saddened by his untimely passing and will forever be grateful for his friendship and encouragement. Thinking of you all and sending healing thoughts during this very difficult time.
Sophie Yeung

Ron Bodnar

The Ron and Danin Bodnar family express our sympathy on the passing of Chris.
With friends and family beside you, may you find peace and comfort.

Leah Wintermute

Arlene, Sarah, Lucas and Ava – it was so upsetting to hear about Chris’ passing. I hope with time, the pain you feel today gives way to good memories. Thinking of you.

LeAnne Christiansen

Very shocked and saddened by this news. I knew Dr. Paniak through work with our clients at James H Brown & Associates. My condolences to the family

Dr. Diane Russell

I am so sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. I have fond memories of the few times we spent together in Windsor. Chris was one of the brightest students in Dr. Byron Rourke’s neuropsychology program at the University of Windsor. His loss will be felt in our profession. I hope your memories sustain you through these difficult times. Thinking of you and your family with much sympathy Arlene. With love from Dr. Diane Russell in Nanaimo.

Mona Ewoniak

Arlene & Family:
My heartfelt condolences to you all at this very difficult time.
May Chris Rest In Peace now and always.

Chantelle Robertson

We are so sorry to hear this news Arlene. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family.

Our thoughts are with you always,
Jay, Chantelle, and Vanessa Robertson

Yohanes Wolde Giorgis, Hiwot Habteab and Nahome Wolde Giorgis

We are truly saddened by the passing of Chris Paniak. We got to know Chris through our son Nahome and Lucas Paniak’s football days and formed a great friendship. He and Arlene have graced us with kindness and warm welcome in their home made us feel part of the family.
We send our condolences to Arlene, Lucas, Sarah and Ava.
Yohanes, Hiwot and Nahome

Kong Yong

We were shocked to hear of Chris’ passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Arlene, Lucas, Sarah, Ava and the rest of the Paniak family and friends.

Kong, Lynne and Matthew Yong

Daron Stewart

Arlene, Lucas and family – I’m shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Julianna Nagy

Arlene, Sarah, Lucas and Ava, we were deeply saddened by the news of Chris’s passing. I have many fond memories of working with Chris as well as playing baseball & swimming in the pool at our old place. We pray that you find the strength to get through this most difficult of times. Dr. Julianna Nagy and Dr. Ehor Gauk

Barb Anderson

Arlene, Sarah, Lucas and Ava. We are so very saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

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