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WILSON – George Sydney Lowen

August 29, 1931 – February 21, 2010

Dr. G. S. Lowen Wilson MB, Bch, BAO, MRCS, LRCP passed away peacefully at his home in Redwood Meadows on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at the age of 78 years.

Besides Bertha, his loving wife of fifty years, Lowen is fondly remembered by his son Alastair Wilson (Lori), his daughter Fiona (Grant Readman) and his grandchildren Alyssa, Sydney, Malcolm and Trevor; and by his faithful friend, Nicco the dachshund. Lowen is also survived by his brothers Trevor (Sally) and James and their families in Northern Ireland; and his sister Rosemary in London, England.

Lowen was born in Portadown, Northern Ireland on August 29, 1931. He attended Coleraine Academical Institute and later obtained his primary medical degree at Queens University and also qualified at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in London. He worked for one year in Newtownards Hospital and at the Quoyle Hospital in Downpatrick. He married Bertha in 1960 and moved to Lisburn to enter Family Practice. Later he moved to Belfast and subsequently immigrated to Canada in 1966. He was a Physician in Drumheller for twenty-four years before opening his practice in Calgary at Springhill Medical Clinic.  Lowen served his community in a number of roles: as a school trustee in Drumheller, as a member of the Senate of the University of Calgary, and as a trustee, first of Knox United Church in Drumheller and later of Red Deer Lake United Church. He was also deeply involved in the Banff Men’s Conference of the United Church and was a life long member of the Symbol Masonic Lodge in Drumheller.  Since moving to the Bragg Creek area over twenty years ago Lowen delighted in the beautiful natural surroundings of forests, rivers and mountains; and in the wild life that visited his property. Yet he never ceased to miss the landscapes and seascapes of Ireland. He loved the water and loved sailing holidays, especially in the British Virgin Islands.  Lowen took enormous pride in the accomplishments of his family and especially his grandchildren, but above all he treasured his loving relationship with his wife Bertha. He was greatly loved and will be sadly missed by all his family.

A Celebration of Lowen’s Life will be held at Red Deer Lake United Church (West on Highway #22x past Spruce Meadows) on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Calgary Prostate Cancer Foundation at Suite 100, 1011 Glenmore Trail SW Calgary, AB T2V 4R6 Tel: (403) 212-8070 Fax:(403)212-8077
Email: info@prostatecancercentre.ca. Lowen’s family would like to thank Dr. Ruether and nurses at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic, Dr. Mark Joyce, family physician, and the staff of Cochrane Home Care for the care given to Lowen over the last weeks of his life.

In living memory of Lowen Wilson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.  Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Aileen Siemens Jackson :

    Dear Wilson Family,

    I was saddened to read about the loss of your husband, father and grandfather, Dr. Wilson.
    He was my doctor when I was a little girl and I remember him as always being a very kind, caring man.
    I found it interesting to read that he loved his Dachshund, Nicco. I remember your family having a little Dachshund named Rudy and how often I would see him walking that little guy.
    To my friend, Fiona: take care and keep
    all the wonderful memories of your dad close to your heart.
    Thinking of you,
    Aileen Jackson
    Drumheller,AB

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  2. Bertha I was saddened to hear of the death of your husband. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. You will have many wonderful memories of a happy shared life together, that will comfort you in the days ahead.
    Sorrow is not forever, love is.

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  3. Dear Bertha,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Lowen’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Love and Blessings,
    Karen

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  4. Sandra Skrober :

    Dr. Wilson was our family doctor. What a wonderful man. Always took that extra time with me when I was going through a rough time in life – truly a unique and caring individual who will be so missed.

    Sandra and husband Jerry

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  5. lucille and Gordon Ector :

    The gift of time we cherish. The gift of life goes fast. The gift of love will never end as long as memories last. May the remembrance of a life you cherished fill all your days with love. May they help you through this difficult time. Our sympathy goes out to you Bertha, Fiona, Alastair, and families.

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  6. Mary Ann Noack :

    Dear Bertha,
    Please accept my most sincere condolences to you and your family on Loewen’s passing. May all your cherished memories of family, friendship and travels bring you strength, comfort and love during this time.
    Blessings to you,
    Mary Ann

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  7. Theresa O'Neill :

    Dear Dr. Wilson,
    I am so sorry to hear about your husband. May God be with you and your family throughout this very difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless,

    Theresa

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  8. My sincerest thoughts of love and kindness go to all who were privileged to have loved Dr. Wilson. My most endearing memory of him is as simple as a hug request and the attraction of small animals who know who they can trust. Gods speed kind fellow… Gods speed. Love Brad and Mona with wee brown dogs.

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  9. Sheila Pfeifer :

    Dear Fiona,
    John and I would like to extend our condolences to your entire family in the passing of your Dad. He was our “family Doc” for the last few years we lived in Calgary. We always got to catch up on your news when we had a visit with him. The things I appreciated the most about him were that wonderful sense of being in a small town doctors office, the dog, the slippers and his wonderful sense of humor. We are grateful that his life touched ours.
    John and Sheila Pfeifer

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  10. Garry McKinnon :

    Bertha and Family,

    I was saddened to learn of the passing of Lowen. I have many fond memories of our associations through the years including the years you were in Drumheller and he was chairman of the school board. He was a fine gentleman who accomplished much through his medical practice and service to the community. You can take comfort in the many wonderful years you had together as a couple and the many wonderful memories you have as a family. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the memorial service. We will be in Saskatchewan this weekend with my mother-in-law who is very ill. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss.
    Sincerely,

    Garry McKinnon

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  11. Hugh & JOan Gorman :

    What a shock it was this morning to read of Dr. Wilson’s passing. To us, he was a caring compassionate family doctor and a very dear friend. Being from Belfast we had much in common. I have the pictorial collage of “People and Landscape: IRELAND” that hung in Dr. Wilson’s office hanging above my computer desk. He gave it to me and we cherish it very much. It may be the last prescription he gave me with the words, “GUINNESS IS GOOD FOR YOU!” on it Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Hugh & Joan Gorman

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  12. Catherine Gibbs :

    Dearest Bertha,

    Love to you and your family….

    Through the Love of Christ,
    Catherine Gibbs

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  13. Ross and Jane Welsh :

    We were so very sorry to hear of Lowen’s passing. We are with you in thought and prayer. We feel honored to have known Lowen and will miss seeing him at church. He was always so cheerful, welcoming and upbeat, a man who always had a warm welcome and kind words for all. Jane and Ross Welsh

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  14. Dear Bertha.
    To you and your family my sincere condolences. I have fond memories of my time with Dr. Wilson at Nose Hill Clinic, as well as a physician, I considered him a friend. He will be missed.
    Take care of yourself.
    Sincerely.
    Morva Cook

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  15. Ron and Sharron Rawlusyk :

    To Bertha and Family
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to Bertha and Family
    on the passing of Dr. Wilson.
    He will be missed by many in Drumheller, which we remember his quick wit,
    the big smile, and the greeting he always gave.
    Dr. Wilson was an excellent physician and great community leader.
    From
    Ron and Sharron Rawlusyk
    {Valley Toyota}

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  16. Dr, Michele Moss :

    Dear Dr. Wilson
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of a wonderful man, your dear husband and father. He was a true gentleman and a very kind and caring physician. He touched everyone with whom he came in contact. I feel privileged to have known and worked with him.
    May you be comforted by wonderful memories. My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.
    with love
    Dr. Michele Moss

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  17. Marilyn & Steve Smith :

    May our Lord comfort you & your family with His healing presence & gift of peace. We know that people have been richly blessed by Dr. Wilson, as a physician & friend. May you receive an outpouring of love & support throughout this difficult time.

    With Love in Christ,
    Marilyn & Steve

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  18. PatriciA NAEGELI :

    Dr. Wilson and Family

    I was so saddened to hear of Dr. Wilson’s passing.

    He had been my doctor since I was 16 years old. I thought it was wonderful that he took up practice in Calgary just a year after I had moved there sparing me the task of finding a new doctor.

    In June of 1979 he gave me the good news that I was pregnant with my daughter. In July of 2006 he was able to give that daughter the good news that she was pregnant with her daughter.

    He also attended to my granddaughter on occasion, so you see, he looked after three generations of my family. He would often tell the other patients in the waiting room in Calgary that he had the pleasure of bringing my daughter into the world and that it was okay if he was tough on me as he had known me for so long.

    He saw me through the deaths of my sister and my parents.

    He was a kind and caring man and I will miss him.

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family at this time.

    Patty Naegeli

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  19. Kathi and Luc Lalonde :

    Dear Bertha and Family:
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Lowen was a very special man to so many, we will miss his intellect, wit, and charm and the many beautiful attributes that he possessed. May God continue to bless you and your family and provide comfort at this time.
    Love from Kathi and Luc Lalonde.

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  20. Dr Elu Thompson :

    Bertha,
    I am so sorry to hear of Lowen’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family, as I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May your many wonderful memories bring you comfort.
    God Bless.

    Elu Thompson

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  21. MaryLou Littler ( Winter ) :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember fondly all the time I spent at your house as a young girl when Fiona and I were best buddies. The one thing I remember is what good a Dad that Dr Wilson was to Alastair and Fiona, as I am certain he was a fine Grandfather as well. My deepest sympathies to you all MaryLou

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  22. JoAnn Cunningham :

    Dear Bertha,
    Sandy and I were so sorry that we were unable to attend the funeral service today remembering and honouring the life of your husband, Lowen.
    I have very good memories of Lowen. I believe he became my doctor in 1967 and I guess that would be shortly after you came to Canada. I remember thinking what a good looking doctor he was! Then, I was a teacher with Drumheller Valley when he was a trustee.
    I think I knew Lowen was involved with Banff Mens` Conference – I saw his picture in the Observer and I believe it was to do with the conference.
    About 2 years ago I was eating supper in the Station Restaurant in Strathmore and I ran into Lowen there. We had a little visit. It was good to see him and I have that memory of him tucked into my mind.
    My best wishes and prayers are with you and your family Bertha. I know you will miss Lowen. After the death of my Mom 2 years ago, one of the cards we received had this written on it and I liked it. It said,
    “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”
    Sincerely,
    JoAnn

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  23. Nancy Enderesby :

    Hi Bertha. I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I know you always had such a great time together. Take care, Love Nancy

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  24. Sylvia and Bill Mutch :

    Dearest Bertha. It is now May but we have just learned of Lowen’s passing from a neighbour. We missed it entirely in February and was in South America all of March.

    Such fond memories we have. He tended to Bill and our neighbour at the Ranchlands clinic and so often participated in our CLL Seminars. Our thoughts often go to both of you and our shared love of cruising. Now we will think of you and hope these fond memories sustain your future.

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  25. Sylvia and Bill Mutch :

    Bertha I have just heard about Lowen’s death in February from a neighbour.

    I am so sorry Bill and I missed the announcement . WE were away all of March.
    We recall sharing times together at CLL. Bill and the neighbour visited Lowen at Ranchlands Clinic. We also shared your love of cruising and of course our many discussions of education. Bertha we hope your fond memories of fifty years will sustain the future. Lowen will be missed by many.

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  26. Marionette Simmons :

    Dear Mrs. Wilson,
    It is Marionette from Bermuda. I am so sorry it has been over a year and I have just found out that you lost your husband. I pray that God sustaining comfort, love and peace has kept you and your family. I thought it was odd last year when your Christmas card returned to me. My prayer is that you press on as you hold onto the years you spent with Lowen.

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  27. Sandra Massey-Hicks :

    I miss you very much, Dr. Wilson. You were a genuine, sincere, caring and loving man. I know
    that you really cared about me as a person and about my health. I came into see you many
    times complaining about this and that, and you were always ready with a hug and a smile. My
    life is not the same without you, and I have put off looking for a new doctor, because I know that
    I will never find one again that will be as good to be as you were. May Heaven be a happy place
    for you, and may you be duly blessed for allof the wonderful things you did to serve your
    fellow man and help out in many capacities. GOD BLESS YOU! and may I see you again.

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