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Bowers , Brian

Brian Bowers, beloved husband of Ruth, of Calgary passed away on Friday, August 22, 2008 at the age of 73 years. 

Much loved husband of Ruth and father of Christopher, Moira and Roger, Brian was born in Stoke-On-Trent, England to Mary Elizabeth and Dennis Bowers. 

He leaves behind brother Dennis, sister Irene; half siblings Susan, David, Roy and Peter; and five grandchildren. Upon graduation from Birmingham University in Petroleum Engineering in 1956, Brian emigrated from England to Canada where he worked at Imperial Oil. There he met Ruth Purves in Calgary and married in 1958. Brian’s career took him to Trinidad briefly and back to Edmonton where he completed an MSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Brian went on to work at Polymer Corporation, AECL, and the National Energy Board where he became an expert in the area of Canadian oil and gas reserves. After retiring, he worked at the Canadian Energy Research Institute as Senior Research Director and was recognized by his peers in the greater petroleum engineering community for his work in the oil and gas field. Brian was a wonderful family man and loving father. He lived almost all his life with a difficult hearing impairment, and yet he was never discouraged. He was a devoted Christian who gave of himself to many people and organizations. In his early years he volunteered in Scouting, and later became a devoted member of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Ottawa, and until recently a much loved member of St. John Anglican Church, Inglewood of Calgary. We will dearly miss Brian. 

The Family would like to thank the very caring staff of the Calgary Foothills cardiac intensive care unit. The Family requests donations in lieu of flowers be made to The Prayer Book Society of Canada, PO Box 38060, 1430 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 3Y7, (613) 749-5058 or The Charmaine Letourneau Scholarship for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Albertans, 9910-103 Street, Edmonton Alberta, T5K 2V7, (780) 426-0015, Fax (780) 425-0121

Requiem Solemn Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 1423 8th Ave SE, Calgary on Wednesday, August 22 at 2 PM followed by a reception in the Church hall. Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Tricia (Hammett) Ris :

    Dear Ruth, Christopher, Moira and Roger,
    I remember all of you so fondly and was poking about on Google attempting to locate someone from your family when I ran across this. I am so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing; he was a very special person and even after several years, I know it still hurts. My Mom and Dad died nearly 20 years ago now, but I miss them still. My husband and I are empty nesters now, living near the ocean in White Rock, BC. Our family room is decorated in rich reds, as I remember yours was in Sarnia and it always appealed to me. We will be coming to Calgary for the stampede in July and it would be amazing to be able to reconnect with you folks over a cup of tea if that would be possible. I would love to hear from any/all of you.
    Blessings to all of you!

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  2. Dear Ruth, This is Janet, John and Elsie Mitchells daughter here – please accept our very belated condolences. I am trying to complete a family tree for the Mitchell family and in doing so came across this information. I have a lovely picture of Brian, Dennis and Dad taken when you last came to visit England. I was aware that Dennis had passed away in 2009 too. We are thinking of you and the family and would very much like to stay in touch.

    Love from Janet, Phil, Ashley and Sophie x

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