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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences