David Lorne Gowler
November 21, 1921 – May 9, 2015
The father we shared:
From his humble roots in rural Manitoba, raising his 3 kids in
Sapperton, New Westminster, and spending his last 13 years in Langley, our Dad has died.
A kind, generous, fun loving,
humble, sensitive, hardworking,
curious kind of guy you could rely
on. Always ready to help family,
friends and neighbours with his
practical handyman abilities, charm and sense of humour.
Dave was a lifelong learner whose curious adventurous nature provided much fodder for storytelling. He was known to talk to anyone about anything and made friends easily. He was
extremely proud to have served overseas with the Westminster Regiment in WWII. Dave worked at the BC Pen for 33 years from 1947-1980; his stories could curl your toes!
He was devoted and married to his bride, Myrtle Thompson,for 66 years. She predeceased him last year in May. He was a gracious and charming host, famous for his ‘412 Specials’ served
at their home on numerous social occasions and Christmas Eve open house events. Dave and Myrt spent 16 years wintering in Palm Springs and made many steadfast friends. They loved
to dance and were a joy to watch as they waltzed across a ballroom floor beaming at each other.
Dave was an enthusiastic BC Lion’s fan and shared his fervour of football and hockey with his sons and grandsons. He loved to ‘putter’ and care for his home and garden while listening to music.
Drawn to the ocean he sport-fished, crabbed and clammed at Boundary Bay and once caught a 36 lb spring salmon. Dave
was the original ‘foodie’, this passion for experimenting with food he passed down to us all. He enjoyed solving the world’s problems in his hot tub with family and friends. He played golf
and remained as active as he could all his life.
Dave, a dedicated involved 50’s style of Dad to Alan (Sandra), Lana (Roger), and Keith (Eileen), was the father to us that he never had. He loved and was proud of his Grandkids – Joanna, Sheri, Kurtis and Kyle. He always had a sparkle in his eye to see his GG kids – Stephan, Randy, Kayla, Paige and Avalee. He also delighted in spoiling his fur grandkids with endless biscuits.
He is loved and will be missed madly by all of us!
Although he has requested no service, to celebrate Dave please
listen to music, share food and drink and tell stories with the ones you love.
Thank you to the staff at Langley Lodge who has cared for him with compassion and kindness the last 4 years.
Dad, ‘you did it your way’, as much as Mom would let you!