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Ken Rowley
June 19, 2014
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<div itemprop="description">It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the loss of our beloved father, Ken Rowley, who passed away Thursday, June 19 at Royal University Hospital of congestive heart failure. Ken was predeceased by his loving wife Bunee and his parents Edna and Les Rowley. Left to cherish his memory are his children Mari-Lou, Rick (Bonnie), Bill (Nigel), and Patti; and his grandchildren, Eric Rowley (Amy), Ian Rowley (Brandi), and Quinn and Morgan Avery. He also leaves his brothers Jack and Roy, his sisters-in-law Ann and Pat, his nieces, nephews, cousins in Canada and the UK, and many friends. <br /> Dad was born on February 28, 1931 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, the eldest son of Les and Edna Rowley, and grew up on the Saskatchewan Hospital grounds where his parents both worked. As a young man Ken was an avid softball and hockey player and curler, and throughout his life he helped to develop those skills in others. Dad became associated with the Saskatoon Merchants softball club in which he coached and held executive positions for many years. We have fond memories of driving to weekend tournaments across the province, sitting in the sun and dust, cheering on the team, or hanging out under the bleachers and chasing fly balls. For several years dad chaired the annual Merchants softball tournament, and when his playing days were over dad coached minor softball and worked with the Saskatchewan Amateur Softball Association.<br /> In winter, dad was passionate about curling. He was a member of the Hub City Curling Club from 1958 until it closed in 2007, where he served in every capacity and chaired several committees, including the Bond Bonspiel. For years dad was secretary treasurer of the Hub, and we often heard him tallying up expenses on his adding machine late into the evening&mdash;until mom bought a Mac. Dad represented the Hub on the Saskatoon Men&rsquo;s Curling Association and was a member of the Saskatoon Bid committee that successfully brought the Brier to Saskatoon in 1989. In 1986 dad was named Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year, and in 1988 he was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in the sports of curling and softball. Curl Saskatoon established the Ken Rowley Friend of the Game Award in 1991 to recognize &ldquo;dedication, commitment, leadership, and outstanding volunteer service&rdquo; by an individual to the game of curling. In 2000, dad received the Scottie Richardson Award from the Saskatchewan Curling Association for his long-term contributions to the game. For years he and mom ran the City Men&rsquo;s Bonspiel and we remember it being a busy time&mdash;and always during his grandson&rsquo;s birthday. Dad was also an honorary lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of Wildwood Golf Club. Whenever he spoke publicly or accepted an award, he said &ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t be here if it weren&rsquo;t for my wife Bunee.&rdquo; <br /> Dad was a dedicated husband and loving father and his first priority was providing for his family. He worked as an industrial lab technician for Sask Power for 35 years. When not at work or volunteering he loved to fish and golf, go for Saturday breakfast with his buddies, play cards with good friends, and putter in his vegetable garden, which we all loathed weeding but enjoyed eating. He loved watching his kids and grandkids participate in various activities, and supported us in all we did. We cherish those memories and the life he gave us.<br /> The family would like to thank the staff at Sherbrooke Community Centre and at RUH for providing Ken with such exceptional and compassionate care. <br /> Please join us in celebrating his full and generous life. The Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 25 at 1:00 p.m. from Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place. Donations in Ken&rsquo;s memory can be made to Sherbrooke Community Centre (401 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon S7H 2E7) or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent from Arrangements entrusted to Paula Olson. <br /><br /></div>