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KOWATCH, James Keith

November 15, 1946 – Calgary, Alberta
May 7, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

James (Jim) Keith Kowatch of Calgary, AB, was a man who lived his life on his own terms and was stubborn even in his passing. Refusing to give up, Jim experienced health problems for over fourteen years, passing away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the age of 71 years.

Jim grew up in many different places in Alberta but always called Bowness in Calgary home. He spent his childhood skiing down hills, playing pranks on teachers and never sitting still. Jim joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the young age of sixteen. Aboard the ship named “The Mackenzie”, he sailed to Asia, and learned how to drink rum like a sailor. In 1969, he married Louise Bechtold. Together Jim and Louise had a son named John who sadly died at only three days of age, as well as daughter Sharlaine. Jim – being the ladies’ man he always was – married his second wife Joy Dueck in 1980. Together they had two daughters Kimberley and Kristy.

Jim always lived life in the moment. He gave every ounce of love to those he was surrounded by. He had many wonderful stories of the trials and triumphs in life and was always a joy to listen to. He loved to dance and his daughters have fond memories of dancing with their dad with every possible chance. His daughters were his pride and joy; they knew this because anywhere they went people made sure they knew how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. He was so excited to see any of his grandchildren and loved them all so much too. He will be deeply missed by many.

He is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharlaine and Jeff, Kimberley and Steve and Kristy and Scott; as well as his siblings, Phyllis, Reggie, Kathy, Gail and Dale. Jim was also a loving uncle, grandfather, and friend to many. Jim was predeceased by his parents John and Anne Kowatch; his son John; and his siblings, Garry, Danny, Ken, and Brenda. Hopefully they are drinking beers and raising a ruckus like old times.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at the Bowness Royal Canadian Legion (138 Bowness Centre NW Calgary, AB) on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Jim Kowatch, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Stephen Labadie

    I went to school with Jimmy many years ago also knew his Brother RIP

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