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Norman Fowlow, CCG Engineer, 1943 - 2015

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:27 pm
by Wyatt
FOWLOW, Norman George December 3, 1943 - June 9, 2015 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Norman Fowlow at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Victoria, BC on June 9, 2015. He was the loving husband of Aline Jobin-Fowlow. In addition, he leaves behind his brother, Ralph Farquharson (Marilyn) and children, John (Alexandra), Laura and Fiona (Michael); his aunt, Lorna Fowlow Sterne of Calgary; cousins in the Ogilvie, Fowlow and Farquharson families; and brothers- and sisters-in-law and their children, in the Jobin family. He was also blessed with many friends throughout the world. Born in Halifax, Norman was the son of Norman R. Fowlow who was a spitfire pilot, and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II. Norman's father, whom he never knew, died in combat in France in 1944. Norman's mother, Elsie Ogilvie Fowlow (later Farquharson) was an army nurse in London where she met and married Norman's father. Norman's early years were spent in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia with his mother and maternal grandparents. At age 5, Norman moved to the San Francisco area when his mother married Hugh Farquharson, a medical doctor whom she met in Montreal. Growing up in coastal areas inspired his interests in marine biology and following his father's legacy, he took up flying. While still in high school he got his private pilot's license. A love of travel took him to Montreal to meet his father's family. There, he continued to pursue his science interests - working in genetics at McGill University; studying marine biology at Concordia University; and obtaining a commercial flying license, followed by a helicopter mechanics license, which took him to northern Quebec. Norman and Aline met in Montreal through mutual friends. Their love of the outdoors and travel eventually lead to their marriage in 1977 in St. Sauveur in the Laurentians. A marking point in their life was the acquisition of the old Campbell Farm house in Morin Heights where more than fifteen lifelong global friends met weekly for X country skiing. In 1980 they moved to Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, here Norman worked for Okanagan Helicopters. In 1983 they relocated to the Yukon where Norman worked with Parks Canada; finally settling in Victoria, B.C. in 1986. He joined the Canadian Coast Guard in 1988, and was associated with various vessels including the icebreaker, SW Sir Wilfred Laurier. Many summers were spent in the Arctic. In 2003 he retired and became an active environmental volunteer - reflective of his deep commitment to nature. Each activity to which he willingly gave his time and knowledge, brought him immense pleasure - the Haliberton Biodiversity project; Outerbridge Park; Shaw Ocean Discovery Center; Saanich Inlet Protection Society (Board of Directors); and the Peninsula Streams Society. Norman will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and patience; his quiet sense of humor and his ability to tell a great story. He was a friend to many; always reliable, and a person who calmly got things done. His knowledge of, deep interest in, and curiosity about, the natural environment led him to make the world a better place. This passion motivated him to hike, sail, snorkel, canoe, ski, fly, garden and travel the world. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A Celebration of Norman's Life will be held on June 28 at 3pm at The Gardens at HCP; 505 Quayle Road (off W. Saanich Rd.), Victoria. Donations to the B.C Cancer Foundation. Condolences offered at
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