Mr. Donald

Mr. Donald "Don" Edward Rowan

Thursday, September 1st, 1938 - Friday, November 13th, 2020
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DONALD E. ROWAN

My high school sweetheart, Donald Edward Rowan, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2020 with his loving family by his side, at the age of 82 years.

Born in Winnipeg on September 1, 1938, Don was raised and educated in Thunder Bay. He taught in the education system for 35 years, retiring as a Department Head in 1994. Don was a devoted member of the Scottish Regiment. He enjoyed all sports, and spent a number of years coaching wrestling, baseball and hockey. Don loved the outdoors, especially fishing with his boys on Lake Nipigon and bird watching as well as spending time at the family camp on One Island Lake. During his last year of teaching, Don and his dear friend at school made a cedar strip canoe, which he was proud to use at camp. Don's specialty was barbecuing and he enjoyed gatherings with family and friends, where he could share this talent with them. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sheila (nee Peterson); children Glen (Nicole), Darren (Shannon) and Kirsten (Paul); grandchildren Sarah and Matt, Keera and Kari, Silken and Nils; brother Harold (Susan) and their daughter Cora; brother Irving of Armstrong, B.C. and sister Marian of Penticton, B.C. Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Cora Rowan.

A private family celebration of Don's life has taken place. Should friends so desire, donations made in memory of Don to the Northern Cancer Fund (payable to TBRHSF) or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma.
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Marian Giorgio

Posted at 09:47pm
Dear Shiela.
My Deepest Condolences to you and your family. Marian Giorgio

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Tara

Posted at 01:33pm
Condolences to the Rowan family on the loss of a lovely man. I remember Mr. Rowan was always involved with the activities at Black Bay Road School. He was kind to all the kids that lived in that Current River neighbourhood back then. I went to school with Glen and I wanted to express my sincere sympathy on the passing of a man I'm sure all of us kids from back then remember so fondly.
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Gus & Betty Oberg

Posted at 07:51pm
Sheila, Betty & I our sorry for your loss! She first met Don at PACI (high school) while my memory of him goes back to when he lived in Current River. Gus & Betty Oberg

T.J. Allan

Posted at 06:57pm
My deepest condolences Sheila to you and your family, thinking of you all during this hard time.
I have great memories at One Island Lake, with our crazy, fun families, we had so many great memories.
Don was a wonderful man with a huge heart, and will be truly missed.
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Ian Andrew Strachan

Posted at 06:47pm
Hi Sheila,
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. 59 years with him is truly a marriage made in heaven. He will be missed by many people for he was a friend like no other. He was younger than me by two and a half months. He was married longer than me by six months. we were neighbors, scouted and, played hockey together, skied, tobogganed, snowshoed, fought, dated, played pool, swam in Boulevard, rode to high school in his beautiful '47 black, immaculate Dodge (before he became a "truck guy"), had our Grade 12 school photo taken side by side, were in the gymnastic club together... he was my buddy, a very fine man. When we saw you last, at the PACI reunion, it was so good to meet again after so many years. You remain a beautiful ageless woman and Don was as I remembered him full of fun, his robust humor still evident, and his caring and compassion for all, ever ready to help. We wish you comfort and peace, with solace in the many memories you share with your family and friends. Thank you for being a great, loyal partner for this remarkable man. Sending loving thoughts your way,
Ian and Marilyn Strachan.
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