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ROWAN, David Thomas “Dave”

September 12, 1938 – Regina, SK
October 3, 2013 – Calgary, AB

David Rowan completed his journey on earth on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the age of 75 years.

Dave was born September 12, 1938 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia with his family as a child and after completing his education, began a career in the transportation industry, working for many years for CN Rail. He served the company in Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Prince Rupert and moved to Calgary in 1967. He was an early graduate of the CITT program from the University of Toronto and an active member of the Calgary Transportation Club. He served as a director and a term as president in 1980 – 1981. David was very interested in music and taught folk guitar and singing for several years with the Calgary Board of Education night school program as well as private music studios. He sang with the Calgary Barbershop Society and enjoyed music of all kinds.

David and Arlene lived in the Lakeview community of Calgary for many years where David volunteered his time in his children’s activities as a Cub Scout Leader, helped coach Little League baseball, and hockey. He was a member of Lakeview United Church Senior choir for many years, and a good friend and neighbour to all who knew him.

David faced his illness with courage and a positive nature and maintained an active life style for as long as he could.

David is remembered with much love by his wife, Arlene, sons; Steve Rowan and Lynn of Calgary, Robert Rowan and Michele of Maple Ridge BC, daughters; Linda Rowan of Caledon, On, and Lisa Rowan of Calgary, grandchildren; Ashley Rowan, Chelsea Rowan and Scott Rowan and great grandson, Mason Rowan, brother John Rowan of Vancouver, BC, brother in law and sister in law Jim and Audrey Holder of Abbotsford, BC, cousin John Mustard of Calgary, nieces nephews and extended family in BC and eastern Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents Frederick and Emma Rowan, brother Michael Rowan, sister in law Helen Rowan and grandson David Rowan.

A Celebration of Dave’s Life will be held at Scarboro United Church on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Huntington Society of Canada, #400, 151 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON N2H 2M2 Telephone: 1 (800) 998 – 7398 or (519) 749 – 7063, The family would like thank people who visited over the years, especially his CN friends, Don Rae, Bruce McKay, Pat Creegan and visitors from Scarboro United Church.

In living memory of David Rowan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Arlene and Family: Our sincere condolences from our family to yours. Dave knew how much he was loved and cared for by all of your family. He will be dearly missed as a husband, father, grandfather and friend, he is now at peace. May he live on in your memories. Our thoughts are with you. Dana, Dale, Seamus and Andrew Kennedy

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  2. Arlene and Family;
    My sincere condolences to the Rowan family. I have many fond memories of Dave at CN in Vancouver and Calgary. He was a gentleman of the old school and will be missed my many.

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  3. Deepest codolences from the Dobbin family.

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  4. I offer my sincere condolences to the Rowan family for their loss. He truly was one of the “good ole boys”

    Jerry Joseph

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  5. Naseem Hasham :

    My sincere condolences to Lisa and her family. May he live in your memories; he is now at peace. Our thoughts are with you.


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  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss and my thoughts are with you!


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  7. Maureen Assié :

    Dear Arlene and family,

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. With my deepest sympathy,

    Maureen Assié

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  8. Mrs. Rowan, Steve, Linda, Lisa, Robert

    We are so very sorry to hear about Dave’s passing.

    My childhood memories of growing up in Lakeview are intertwined with the Rowan household and the fun times we had as kids under the care of Dave. Whether it was Cub Scouts, backyard BBQ’s, playing football or sitting on the patio it always felt like family and Dave was a big reason why.


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  9. Mrs. Rowan, Steve, Linda, Lisa and Robert,

    I was very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My heart goes out to each of you, as I’m sure this is a very difficult time.

    I have a picture of Dave in my mind – back when I was a little girl in Lakeview – and remember his warm and gentle smile. While I didn’t know him as well as my brother Glenn, Dave always struck me as a kind and gentle man.

    I hope that the memories you have of him will be close at heart and provide you with some comfort.


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