October 25, 1931 – May 17, 2012
William (Bill) Douglas Lowe, passed away peacefully to join his beloved wife Mary. Bill and Mary had been married fifty-six years when she passed away in 2009.
He was born October 25, 1931 in Regina Saskatchewan, son of Frederick and Elsie Lowe (nee Bloome).
Bill is survived by his sister Mildred Peakman; daughters, Linda Fowler (Duane) and Sharon “Myoshin” Kelley (Edwin); son William “Bill” Lowe (Cheryle); grandchildren, Aaron (Danette) Lowe, Devin Fowler, Jesse Fowler, Matthew (Katy) Lowe, Andrew (Kathleen) Lowe, Bradley Lowe, Darrin Lowe, Joel Lowe, Jordan Lowe, and Cody Lowe; and great-grandchildren, Ryley Lowe, Brooke Lowe, Elliette Lowe and Taylor Lowe.
Bill graduated from Scott Collegiate Regina in 1949. Bill was an avid football player (Regina Dales), baseball player (Regina Caterpillars) and ice hockey player (Scott Collegiate). In 1949 Bill was invited to tryout camp with the New York Rangers and given the opportunity to attend their main camp. Following his junior sports career Bill became an accomplished curler. Bill played several times in the Saskatchewan play downs giving the Richardson’s a run for their money. As Bill’s life became more business orientated he curled regularly with Associated Commercial Travellers winning the provincial championship in 1957. Bill met many of his lifelong friends through the ACT.
As Bill’s athletic career came to a close he found a new passion in horse racing. Bill was a fixture in the Clubhouse at Stampede Park. Bill owned many race horses both thoroughbred and harness. His horses won many championships including the Calgary Maturity and running second in the Canadian Derby.
After graduating high school Bill began a career in the plumbing and heating business in his early years working with Cunningham and Hill, Western Supplies and eventually Engineering and Plumbing Supplies. His career at E&P led to a move to Calgary in 1961. Bill continued with E&P until 1964 when he became a partner in White Pipe of Canada. After a short career in the sporting goods industry Bill returned to his roots when he opened W.D. Lowe Sales Company representing many key manufacturers in the plumbing and heating industry. In his twenty years as President of W.D. Lowe Sales, Bill developed friendships and memories that carried him through to his last days. His fifty year relationship with the Mechanical Contractors Association was the backbone of his business success and the source of many legendary stories. Bill’s contacts through MCA and support from the local wholesale industry allowed him to continue working up until 3 months prior to his passing.
Bill was active in the Southwood Community Association and in 1961 hosted the inaugural community association meeting in his family room. Bill coached hockey and baseball for several years and supplied many teams with complimentary equipment during his Greb-Low Sporting Goods days.
Beyond his many achievements in life Bill will best be remembered as a Son, a Brother, a Father, a Grandfather, a Great-Grandfather, an Uncle and most of all a Friend to all. His enormous heart and genuine compassion put a smile on the face of all who met him. His ability to laugh and make people laugh warmed up any room he walked into. He knew when to be serious but he knew not to be too serious. His smile has always won the day.
To all Bill’s friends at the Chateau Renoir, Thank you! He truly loved you all and dreamed of the day he would return to your warmth.
Bill’s spent the last six months of his life in the Vernon Fanning Center. We would very much like to thank the loving staff in 3 West, 3 East and the Dialysis unit for their caring support and strength as Bill lived out the final chapter of his wonderful life.
Funeral Services will be held at Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.
In living memory of Bill Lowe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences