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LOWE, Patrick “Pat” Sherriffs

July 26, 1931 – Saskatoon, SK
March 9, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat Lowe, on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the age of 82, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Pat was born and raised in Saskatoon. In his youth, he worked for the CPR delivering telegrams. He could recall riding his bike through dark snowy streets in the depths of winter, and in the scorching prairie heat that made the asphalt stick to the balloon tires. Pat was an avid skier and an accomplished speed skater. He won several club championships, and travelled to represent Saskatchewan in inter-provincial skating meets. It was while skating that he met Margaret Vickers, who became “the love of my life.” They soon married and had sixty-two cherished years together. In 1957, they moved to Calgary, where Pat worked in the trucking and banking industries before retiring. The family fondly remembers the annual vacations back to Saskatoon and on to Emma Lake, where Pat’s parents had a cottage. He and Margaret loved to explore Western Canada and the USA with their truck and fifth wheel. They journeyed to every corner of Alberta to collect stamps in their Travel Alberta passport. Many of his fondest memories were of camping and hiking with the grandchildren in Kananaskis Country. When he retired, Pat became an award winning wood worker and turner, collecting many trophy ribbons from the Calgary Stampede. Many of his creations are now jewelry boxes, salt cellars, and display pieces treasured by his family. As the family historian, Pat enjoyed tracing his Scottish heritage. He was proud to announce, as any good Scot is, that “we are descendants of Robert the Bruce!” During his research, he amassed volumes of information on the service records of his late father John Lowe, and his father’s best friend Patrick Sherriffs who is Pat’s namesake. The records and photos of his uncle Edward Rhind were major contributions to a recent book on the history of the 415 Squadron RCAF.

Pat was the beloved husband of Margaret, and brother to Dick (Anne). He was the cherished father of Maureen Guise (Layne), Kenneth Lowe (Karen) and Ron Lowe (Janet). He had four beloved grandchildren, Jeff, Lindsay, Caitlyn and Jessica. In addition, Pat was the adored “Great Papa” to his great-granddaughter Avril Rose. He had several nieces and cousins across Canada and Great Britain.

At Pat’s request, there will be no funeral; the family will hold a private celebration of his life at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. or to Southwood Hospice, 211 Heritage Drive S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1M9. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Rockyview Hospital, and the very special staff at Southwood Hospice.

In living memory of Pat Lowe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Sharon Pizzey Schneider :

    Aunt Margaret, Maureen, Ken, Ron and families – Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you with the passing of Uncle Pat. In reading the lovely obituary many wonderful memories came back to me about the Pizzeys and Lowes family times together – birthday parties, camping trips, my trips to Calgary where I stayed in your family home, and many more. I hold them deep in my heart. Uncle Pat will be missed but certainly not forgotten.

    Love Sharon (and Schneider family – Don, Jason & Chris)

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  2. alison armbruster :

    Dear Aunt Peggy, Mo, Ken and Ron, my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I had no idea Uncle Pat was so gifted and talented, you must be so proud. I, too, have fond memories of Emma Lake with your family.
    All my love, Alison

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  3. lorraine villiers :

    Dear: Margaret, Maureen, Ken and Ron: Although I did not have the opportunity of meeting “Pat” I was privileged to communicate with him concerning our family history. He found me through the ancestry program and it was quite rewarding for my family as he is a direct ancestor being the son of my grandmothers brother, John. I send to all of you my deepest condolences in his passing. He will surly be missed by so many in England and Canada.

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  4. Pam Fox (Lowe) :

    Dear Peggy Maureen Ken & Ron,
    It was so wonderful when we found Pat just 3 years ago now thru his dedicated ancestry research. He was my Dads Cousin & I know he was thrilled also to be in contact with my sisters – Hazel in Darlington England, Barbara in Calgary & brother Ian in York England. I remember the first email I ever received from Lorraine, it was a picture of my Dad, Aunt Peggy & Uncle Harry when they were all under 4, Pat had sent it to her. I knew the picture so well I have a copy of it here with me in Toronto. It just blew me away who was the person in Calgary who has sent pictures of my family & our family name. He turned out to be a wonderful caring man who I came to know & love. We exchanged so many emails & chatted on the phone, Pat was so supportive when my husband passed away in Feb 2013. I just wished that when my parents (John & Miriam Lowe) were still with us & visiting Calgary that we had known about your family then & we could have all met up & had a Family Reunion. My parents would have been thrilled, as would we all. I came to know Pat as such a caring gentle soul, he will be greatly missed & never ever forgotten.

    Love Pam & sons Marc & Scott & Blaze our Bernese Mtn Dog who Pat loved to see pictures of.

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  5. Barb Hylton(Lowe) :

    Dear Peggy, Maureen, Ken and Ron,
    Our sincere condolences go out to you and your families. We have had communication with Pat concerning our family history and Pat has sent us photos of many of our relatives and a family tree which was so much fun to see. We met Pat recently and he was so lovely. He was quite a character and such a fun person. We found him very entertaining. It was great to meet you Peggy, you remind me a lot of my Mum.

    Love and sincere sympathy
    Barb, Tony, Lisa, Neil and families.

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