June 28, 1923 – The Brae, Prince Edward Island
February 15, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
Dr. Ralph Rowe, beloved husband of Mary Catherine Rowe (nee McGuffin) of Calgary, Alberta passed away peacefully at home with family at his side on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the age of 91 years.
Besides his loving wife of sixty-four years, two daughters and a son-in-law, Cheryl Suel of Calgary, Rosemary and Dr. E. Andrew Jonassen of Denver, CO; five grandchildren, Kathleen Whyte (Trevor), Donald Suel (Teri), Lisa Suel-Brown (Peter), Kai Jonassen and Brice Jonassen; five great-grandchildren, Jaxon Whyte, Emma Whyte, Grace Brown, Gwendolyn Suel and Carter Suel. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Florence Richards of Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Rowe proudly served Canada with the Royal Canadian Air Force C.A.O.C. during the Second World War. After serving Canada, Dr. Rowe attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta School of Dentistry in 1950. He moved to Calgary and practiced dentistry for 50 years. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast. He had a passion for animals of all kinds and enjoyed adventures in the Rockies. He spent many years raising and training Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and English Springer Spaniels.
Dr. Rowe, volunteered at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede (Life Member), Board Member of the Calgary Zoological Society, Life Member of the Alberta Light Horse Association. Dr. Rowe also was a dedicated member of the Calgary Stampede Youth Talent Committee, always encouraging the youth to excel in their talent. Dr. Rowe developed a course in Equine Judging and Horse Management at the University of Calgary.
“A Life Well Lived”
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (1307 – 14 Street S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A very special gratitude is extended to dear family friend Dan Enns, for his compassionate and loving care. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. James Corley, Dr. Ian Scott and Dr. Tim Boyne.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to The Alberta Rescue Crew Society, Bay G, 3851 – 21 Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6T5 or the Medicine River Wildlife Centre (Wild Bird Sanctuary) PO Box 115, Spruce Grove, Alberta T0M 1V0 or The Salvation Army of Calgary – Alberta and Northern Territories Divisional Headquarters 9618 – 101A Avenue N.W. Edmonton, AB T5H 0C7 or a charity of your choice.
In living memory of Dr. Ralph Rowe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences