TSSD President Chester Nowicki Passes Away

Dear Members & Friends of Treasure Seekers of San Diego,

It is with deep felt regret and a saddened heart to inform you that Chester Nowicki has passed away. He passed on Tuesday May 24th at 7:04pm with family by his side. He had been in the hospital since Friday, May 13th for a heart valve replacement and other complications. His wishes were to be cremated and the family wants to hold a memorial service at Chester’s house sometime next week and will keep us posted…
We know that he is at peace and we are honored to have known him. He will always hold a special place in our hearts and know that he would want TSSD to carry on.


TSSD President Chester Nowicki Passes Away — 30 Comments

  1. Too young & too soon to be gone from our group.
    Prayers to his family & all of his friends. He
    will surely be missed for a long time. Thankfully
    he did not have to suffer a lot of pain. Kay Byrne


  3. I worked with Chester at the Fallbrook Weapon Station for many years. I regret not making better effort to see him after I moved back to Fallbrook.

  4. NOOOO he can’t be gone, we all love him to much, we don’t want to say goodbye…
    Even though it has to happen to us ,at some time . I am so sorry we all did not have Chester for a long time more. Our tears will pass in time but not our memories GOD BLESS CHESTER


  5. You did so much to make TSSD a great club. You will definitely be missed. Now go find the gold in heaven with Lee and Bill. Love you Sharon

  6. I am not a member, but follow you through the various emails.

    My condolences and prayers to each of you!!

  7. Chester was a landmark with the club, a GPS Waypoint to our treasure hunting. So many outside the club seemed to know him or about him.
    Chester has, I’m sure, already found the real treasure of life – the one above us all… We’ll all miss him – may he rest in peace. Dave

  8. Never met this gentleman but the comments posted are a reflection of this man’s works in his lifetime. This speaks very, very well of him. I keep wanting to attend meetings, now after these postings, it gives me motivation to meet the friends of this extraordinary man.
    RIP,fine man. You will be missed.

  9. Fairly new member myself and never had a chance to spend an outing with Chester, but witnessed him in action at quite a few meetings. Great big smile and full of enthusiasm. Made everybody feel welcome. Thank you Chester- God Bless.

  10. Such a sad loss.
    We have had the pleasure of working with Chet from 2003 to present in making TSSD what it is today.
    He will be greatly missed.
    His love of the outdoors, family, friends and educating the little ones will stay with us forever.
    RIP Chet – you were loved by many.

  11. This man always had nice comments whenever I posted anything. He gave encouragement and was a true kindhearted prospector. He just better not start digging up those streets of gold.

  12. Chester was an engaging and enthusiastic human and leader. I will miss his presence and personality. RIP Chester!

  13. Chester was a great leader, he would talk with everyone he could. The heart of TSSD. YOU WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH, but NEVER FORGOTTEN!!
    My heart has a hole in it..
    Know you are happy and pain free…

  14. He was a miner with a heart of gold and now he walks the streets of gold. We will miss you dearly my friend.

  15. Reading these comments about my dad has helped to lift a little pain this morning. Thank you all for sharing your memories and love. We will keep you informed of a service, but it will probably be next month or so.

  16. Sad and Heart broken. It was a great ride of 16 years knowing you.
    R.I.P. Chet (Chester) (Sourdough) Nowicki
    You will be missed!

  17. Wish you where here. Gary and I have known you since that first TVP at the GPAA(1/2001). You always had a hug and a laugh for me. I will miss that laugh and your sparkling eyes when you showed off your ‘finds’.
    Take care friend, I will see you when I can. But not yet!
    Hugs for you always,
    Jenn and Gary

  18. So sorry to hear he has passed away. He was one of the people who made living on LeClair Lane so special. His enthusiasm, quick wit and charm will live in the memories of many for years to come. I am thankful that my son had the chance to pan a little gold with him at a Treasure Seekers event.
    Wendy,Jake, Kent Donalson (Wicka)

  19. Joan and I first met Chester at the opening outing at the TSS Cargo Muchacho claim in 2011. Over the years Chester and I communicated quite a bit, mostly about chapter activities or political challenges facing miners. I told him many times how much we all appreciated his hard work in organizing our meetings. He would always return my calls and emails within a very short time and he always thanked me. Such a small word, thanks, but it says so much. So, thanks Chester, for all you did for so many of us. We know you wouldn’t want us to leave out your awesome board who worked so hard to keep it all together. We will miss you!

  20. Thank you all for your kind words about my brother Chet. It’s nice to know that Chet was loved by so many in the gold club. He loved the club, and when we talked on the phone he would talk about the events quite often. When he was demonstrating panning at the schools he said some of the children thought he was really from the 1800s, he sure looked the part! Love him and miss him, he was my only sibling.

  21. Sourdough Chet was the life of our TSSD organization. I’ll miss him a ton.
    He was always friendly and nice to everyone. Wish he would have lived another couple of decades but time unfortunately and eventually does take it’s toll on everyone.
    I’ll never forget Chet. I can just see him, in my mind, talking at the TSSD meetings and making everything fun and very interesting. RIP my friend. You are greatly missed Chester.

  22. I will miss Chester’s visits to the GPAA national office to keep us all in line, share a story or a joke, fight for mining rights or promoting a prospecting event. Chester was one of the good guys.

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