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FOWLER, Ian Hamilton

June 11, 1921 – Castor, AB
August 4, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Ian Hamilton Fowler on August 4, 2014 at the age of 93 years.

Ian spent his youth in Brooks, Alberta where he earned his King Scout. During WWII, Ian was a Flight Lieutenant navigating a small mosquito plane until he was shot down and became a Prisoner of War. Upon returning to Canada, he married Dorothy and proceeded to study and graduate from the University of Alberta with Distinction in Chemical Engineering. Spanning 37 years, he had a diverse and exciting career with Imperial Oil. Work opportunities took him to Montreal, Edmonton, Dartmouth, Regina and Calgary. As well, there were international postings in Argentina, Uruguay and Asia. He loved to hike, cross country ski and garden. Ian was president of the Esso Annuitants in Calgary and was active with the POW and Air Crew Associations in Calgary. He enjoyed the arts, playing bridge, bowling and reading. Ian was an active member of the United Church of Canada. He and Dorothy travelled the world, danced, and made many friends. He gave the best hugs, always had an encouraging word and truly cared for those around him.

He is survived by his daughter Carlann Thomas, son-in-law Gary Thomas, grandchildren Neil and Heather and nephew Greg Madsen (Suzie) of Vancouver. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of almost 68 years, Dorothy Martina (nee Pemberton).

A Memorial Service will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Red Cross Society, Southern Alberta Region, 2nd Floor, 1305 – 11st Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T3C 3P6, Telephone: (403) 541-6100, .

In living memory of Ian Fowler, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Bill and Donna Paynter :

    We were very sorry to learn of Ian’s passing. As fellow members of McDougall we so admired him and Dorothy and have very lovely memories of them both. They were such a wonderful couple who were so devoted to each other. We will miss them and feel so fortunate to have known them. We wish to extend our sincere condolences to all of your family…treasure your many memories.

    Bill & Donna Paynter

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  2. Larry Mashinter :

    Carlann, your folks were two of the kindest, most considerate people I ever had the pleasure to meet & do business with. I was very sad to read of Ian’s passing this morning. I know that his faith was strong & he will be re-united with your mother in a better place.
    Sincerest condolences,
    Larry Mashinter

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  3. Carlann,
    I worked with your Dad for many years at Imperial Oil on mainly Syncrude business. Ian was the ideal workmate and the perfect gentleman at all times. With the many Owners of Syncrude, there were always differences of opinions and frequently it was left to Ian, the fair and “trusted-one”, to come up with an appropriate solution for the problem. He never let us down!! Ian was respected by all, and by me in particular. Ian taught me a lot about how to get along with people, and for that I will be eternally grateful. I share your loss and sorrow. Sincerely, Len

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  4. Waleed and Maggie Jazrawi :

    Dear Carlann and Family,
    We would like to express our condolences on the passing of Ian. I had the pleasure of working with him at Imperial Oil and was always impressed with his gentlemanly manner, ready smile and willingness to help. We also lived just up the road from him and Dorothy in Calgary and got together often at the Esso Annuitants Club. His unique experience, both work and social, in South America and Asia made an interesting topic of discussion whenever we met.
    Please accept our sympathies.
    Waleed and Maggie.

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  5. Carlann,

    I was truly saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing.

    As you probably know, he was always a joy for me to be around. Gracious, positive, curious, informed, alert; he elevated the mood of any room in which we met.

    I was always hoping to encounter him on one of my infrequent forays into the Calgary area, but my schedules always seemed to run too tight. Olive and I did a 3 day cycling loop in Kananaskis out of Cochrane this past spring. As we peddled midst the peaks, at times I thought of him and his active retirement life of hikes and XC skis. He continues to inspire. On this particular trip, I was hoping to make it in to Calgary for visits with friends, but time again ran short. Oh how I wish I had made the time for one more meet with him.

    My mom too thought highly of your Dad. They met at the duplex during our U of C grad. And for years after, your name in conversations brought smiles of recognition and invariably questions from my mom on how your Dad was doing.

    Remember our grad Carlann! If so, you have a great memory because that was over THIRTY years ago. Then again if you have aged like I have it is more likely you remember events because of people like your dad. Ian made that great of an impression with me. I can still picture his smile as he congenially leaned in to shake my hand and offer congratulations to me.

    He was gentle Carlann, but I sensed strength of character in him. No matter what the relationship between you and him was like, he gave you marvelous gifts, one of which I know to be that gentleness with strength of character gently welling beneath. Wear it with honor my friend, for not only does it mark you beautifully, but it also celebrates some of your dad’s contribution to this, a better world because of him.

    With a hug for you, Gary, Neil, Heather and the wonder of your Dad.


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  6. Kathleen Bishop (McGuffin family) :

    You know that Gordon and Enid knew Ian for only a few years while sharing their dining room table together at Scenic Acres. During this time, you and your father showed the ultimate in kindness and generosity. It was always his way to joyfully greet and praise me when I visited for meals with my parents. Ian’s gentle, positive nature will be truly missed by all of us. Your memories of him will be rich and comforting knowing how much your fathers presence in the communities he lived in have been appreciated.

    best regards,

    (Gordon and Enid McGuffin)

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  7. Ben van Drogenbroek :

    Dear Ian,

    It was a privilege and an honour to have you as friends. The world is a lesser place without you.
    My contact I had with you and Dorothy will be treasured by me forever.
    Rest in Peace.

    Dear Family Fowler,
    I wish you strength and wisdom during these difficult times.

    Ben van Drogenbroek
    The Netherlands

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