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ROWE, Dr. Ralph Robie

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 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.

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  1. Bette Douville :

    Our heartfelt thoughts are with all of you.
    A wonderful man who will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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  2. As a lifelong enthusiast of English Springer Spaniels, I am well aware of Dr Rowe’s contribution to the breed. I wish to thank him poshumously for his dedication to the breed, and want his family to know that he is not forgotten by those of us who love English Springer Spaniels.

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  3. We of the local firearms community are saddened by Ralph’s passing. It has been some years since we last saw Ralph at our local arms shows, with his infectious smile and friendly ways he made friends very quickly.
    Missed but not forgotten by the members and executive of the Alberta Arms and Cartridge Collectors Association.

    Hank Holm – President

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  4. Although I had not seen Ralph for many years I remember him fondly for his gentle nature and his love of family and his dogs..My sincere sympathies to Mary and Rosemary and Andy and the rest of the family..Unfortunately I will be out of the country next week … Respectfully Frank Hall

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  5. Alan and Lorraine Bishop :

    Alan first met Ralph in the mid 1950’s and he became our favorite man in the dentistry business. He guided us in our children’s dental care and looked after us until he retired. We always loved to discuss his love of dogs and of the farming business. He was so gentle with our kids that they never had any fear. We missed him greatly when he retired and are so saddened to hear of his passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. When someone is loved, he is always remembered. Sincerely, Alan and Lorraine Bishop and family.

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  6. Gordon McGuffin and Family :

    Dear Mary, Cheryl, and Rosemary:
    May we express our heartfelt condolences to all of you on Ralph’s passing.
    Mary, you and I have been very close these many years, for obvious reasons. The love and friendship is not measured in years, but in personality, we are “birds of a feather”.
    In a touch of irony, Cheryl and Mary got us all together a couple of weeks ago to review our McGuffin heritage, which was much appreciated. I am proud to have our grandparents and the three “boys” all together in a lovely framed picture.
    We were thrilled to see Cheryl & Rosemary up at Lac La Biche when we honored Mary’s brother Sqd Leader W.C. “Bill” McGuffin by adding his name to one of their many lakes, and to meet Kai and Brice.
    How could I forget Enid and my attendance at Rosemary’s wedding to Dr. Andy Jonassen – what a beautiful event.
    More irony, Kai and Bryce are pursuing an Engineering career. I did the same thing guys and so did my son Rob. Blame me if you like Andy, but I think I know why they chose Engineering.
    Memories, memories, and Ralph, despite his many other activities was very much a part of these and many others.
    The war created so much turmoil, but Mary, despite a difficult start, wound up in very good hands and lived a happy life.
    “Rest In Peace “ Ralph, you have lived your life very well. The rest is well earned.
    Love to you all, and God’s Blessings,
    Gordon, Kathleen (Bishop) and Rob McGuffin

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  7. It was a joy and privilege to work closely with Ralph on the University of Calgary Equine Judging and Horse Management course. He was a skilled and compassionate instructor who never failed to share his knowledge and experience with his students. And he loved to tell show-ring stories to illustrate his lectures. We learned so much from him.
    Ron Cole, Assoc. Prof. U. of C. Faculty of Continuing Education

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  8. Our sincere condolences on the passing of Dr Rowe. He was our family’s dentist for so many years. He performed his job so well (so well, in fact, that current dentists still comment on the quality of his work) but also brought with him a sense of compassion and a wonderful sense of humour. I wish we could have known him for more than just his dentistry, but it was evident that he was a wonderful and interesting person. May cherished memories bring you comfort.
    The Lucas Family

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