William (Bill) Lowe



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William (Bill) Lowe

1925 - 2011


On November 29, 2011, after a battle with cancer, William Lowe passed away. Dad was born on April 11, 1925 in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. He grew up in the farm community of Merridale, Manitoba.


Dad joined the Canadian army in 1944 at the age of 18. He was selected for the elite First Canadian Parachute Battalion. After training at Camp Shilo he was shipped overseas where he trained as a radio operator. This experience sparked a life long interest in communication and technology. After the war, Dad attended the University of Manitoba and Manitoba Normal School. In 1951, he married Tillie (nee Bugera), his childhood love.


Dad taught school for five years before retraining as a radio operator with the Federal Department of Communications. Dad's career took our family to a number of communities in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. We lived in Fort Churchill, Manitoba in the early 1960s when it served as an air base for the early warning systems of the Canadian and American Air Forces. In 1967 Dad accepted a position as a regional inspector in Kenora, Ontario where he remained until his retirement in 1987.


Mom and Dad moved to Winnipeg in 2003 to be closer to family. They continued to spend most of their summers on Lake of the Woods, boating, fishing and entertaining friends and family. Dad was an athlete and a musician. In his youth, he participated in most sports and excelled in baseball and track. In later years he was active in curling, skiing and cycling. Dad played many instruments, but will be remembered for his violin. He was involved with many musical groups over the years. Most recently he enjoyed the musical companionship of the Seniors Melody Group. His favourite gigs were after dinner jam sessions with our brother Greg and the other talented musicians in our family. Dad was a fierce competitor at games of all kinds. He was hard to beat at chess, bridge, back yard horse shoes, croquet and badminton.


Dad was a builder. He built a house and home with Tillie, a cottage with our brother Jim, docks, decks and fences with the rest of us and forts of all kinds with his grandchildren. He had an enquiring mind and he embraced computers and the internet in his retirement. He enjoyed people.


Dad is survived by Tillie, his closest friend and wife of 60 years, his twin brother Steve (Anne), his brother Nat (Dorothy) and his sister Elizabeth. He is predeceased by his brother Dave (Muriel) and his sister Patricia (Les). He is also survived by his sons Jim (Jean), Greg (Josephine) and Patrick, his daughter Jackie (Greg), his grandchildren Mark, Kevin, Scott and Christine and many nieces and nephews who filled both Mom and Dad's life with much joy.


Dad's was a life well lived. He always gave and contributed more than he took. He made this world a better place in so many ways.

From Mike Power via Laval Desbiens:


Had an email from Bill Lowe's son Greg telling me that Bill had died.  Bill had been a Radio Inspector at Thunder Bay and Kenora Ontario when I was there.  He was a Radio operator in Churchill prior to becoming an RI.  Maybe you could get it posted.  He died on Nov 29 2011.  Bill had been a paratrooper in the army and served overseas in WW11.


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