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Henry “Harry” Rowbotham of Calgary, Alberta, died peacefully in his sleep at Staywell Manor on Friday, April 29, 2011.

Harry was born at Rosetown, Saskatchewan on September 30, 1920, one of seven children of Cecil and Bertha Rowbotham who farmed near Stranraer, Saskatchewan. In 1940, Harry interrupted his studies at the University of Saskatchewan to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving with the North Atlantic Command on convoy escorts. He was quickly promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He returned to the University of Saskatchewan, completing a Bachelor of Laws in 1948. Admitted to the Saskatchewan bar the following year, Harry joined the firm of McKercher, McCool and King in Saskatoon. It was there that he met Doreen McPeak, a legal secretary in the adjacent law firm, Hall Maguire and Wedge. They married in 1950, and relocated to Ottawa where Harry was a solicitor with the Department of National Defence. In 1951, Harry and Doreen moved to Calgary, where he was employed by Western Leaseholds and later by the law department of Gulf Oil. He returned to private practice in 1956 when he went into partnership with fellow Saskatchewan graduate, Mel Shannon. Harry was appointed to the District Court of Alberta in 1970 and to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in 1979. He retired from the bench on his seventy-fifth birthday.

Those who knew Harry well will remember him as an avid traveler, enthusiastic reader of history and skilful raconteur. He donated his extensive library to Western Canada High School and to the Military Museums. His intelligence and wit have inspired many, and he passed directly onto his three daughters a passion for learning, travel and fine wine.

Harry is survived by his loving wife, Marie Clarke Rowbotham who he married in 1989; his daughters and sons-in-law Patricia (Douglas Stokes) of Calgary, Elizabeth (Thomas Funk) of Littleton, Colorado, and Victoria (Neil Berman) of Lions Bay, B.C.; grandchildren Charlotte, Anne and Michael Stokes, Kevin and Kristen Funk, and Jonah and Sacha Berman; his brother Peter Rowbotham (Rosetown, Saskatchewan); brother-in-law Keith (Marge) McPeak (Sherwood Park); sister-in-law Georgie Rowbotham (Hamilton, Ontario); stepchildren Gary Clarke, Lisa Clarke (Hugo Potts), Lori Wheeler (Brad), Paul Clarke (Janice) and their families. He was predeceased by his wife Doreen; brothers William, Brian and John; sisters Constance and Pauline; and his stepson Ward Clarke.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for the fine care that Harry received while at Staywell Manor. At Harry’s request, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Harry’s memory to the Military Museums or to a charity of your choice. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Henry Rowbotham, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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Condolence Messages

  1. Mel Shannon :

    Farewell dear friend and partner.
    My sincere condolences to Patricia, Elizabeth, Victoria, and the entire family.

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  2. Frances MacFarlane and Family :

    The Saskatoon Alumni who have already passed through the pearly gates will be welcoming their old friend with open arms and smiles of joy. Thanks for sharing your warmth and caring disposition with all who have had the pleasure of knowing you. Your generous character lives on in your daughters and we wish them and Marie our deepest condolences at this time of loss.

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  3. Ralph Dilworth :

    As Teacher-Librarian of Western Canada High School, I wish to offer my sincerest condolences to the Rowbotham family. We are the most fortunate beneficiaries of Judge Rowbotham’s library. His was a most impressive collection and reflected a man with extremely broad interests, an enquiring mind and an intense search for knowledge. Our students will benefit for many years to come from the wonderful collection of books on history, public affairs and travel that now adorn our shelves. We stand with you in your grief and hope that the knowledge that Judge Rowbotham’s legacy will live on in this school offers some comfort.

    Ralph Dilworth
    Western Canada High School

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  4. Markham Silver :

    To Pat and family:

    May Harry’s memory be a continued blessing and source of comfort to you all. My sincere condolences to you on the loss of your father, friend, and mentor. May you know no further sorrow.

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  5. Bobby Libin :

    My deepest condolences. A donation to the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta will be made in the name of The Hon. Henry Rowbotham.

    Bobby Libin

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  6. Liz Leuschner Steve Wilson and Family :

    Pat, Liz and Family,

    Your father was a huge contributor to my growth as a lawyer both inside and outside the courtroom. I know his passing must create a difficult loss to address. Our familiy’s thoughts are with you.

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  7. Murray Bialek, Executive Director, Naval Museum of Alberta Society :

    The Board and members of the Naval Museum of Alberta Society are saddened at the loss of such a great man. Judge Rowbotham was a good friend to the Navy and the Naval Museum. Rest in Peace.

    Murray Bialek
    Executive Director
    Naval Museum of Alberta Society
    1820 24 St. SW
    Calgary, Alberta
    T2T 0G6
    Phone: 403-242-0002
    Fax: 403-240-1966

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  8. Mike O'Connor :

    Liz, Pat, Vicky,
    Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. My condolences to you and your families. Thank goodness your dad never found out about some of my escapades with Liz or I never may have achieved such a successful career in law enforcement. Credibility was always a huge factor in your fathers judgement. Hope that you all cherish his memory.

    Mike O’Connor

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  9. To Marie and family, sincerest condolences,


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  10. Barbara Snowdon :

    Pat, Liz, Vicky and families

    My condolences to all of you – I have such warm memories of your father and truly enjoyed being “his solicitor” over the years. He will be missed by many.


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  11. Lori Ann Edwards, Nova Scotia :

    To Marie, Pat and the entire family,

    He was absolutely lovely.
    I have fond memories of his wit, charm and skill at lively debate.
    He will be missed.

    Lori Ann Edwards
    Formerly of Bragg Creek, Alberta

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