Earl Bowman

Earl Bowman

Thursday, June 24th, 1937 - Monday, March 9th, 2020
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Earl Bowman ~ At Listowel Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 9, 2020, Mr. Earl Leslie Bowman of Listowel passed away in his 83rd year.

Husband of Nancy (Smith) Bowman.

Father of Steven & Lynda Bowman of Huntsville, Shelly & Ross Gaskin of Kitchener, and Tracy & Mark McKechnie of Kitchener.

Grandfather of Ashley & Travis Curtis, and Aaron & Kristal Bowman, all of Gravenhurst, Amy Gaskin, Katie Gaskin, Matthew Gaskin, Amanda Wood, Alexander Wood, Connor McKechnie, and Megan McKechnie, all of Kitchener, Leanne & Gary McLaughlin of Revelstoke, BC, and Tara & Joe Wilson of Coldwater, and also sadly missed by his nine great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by his sister Doreen Hill and her husband Howard, and brother Ralph Bowman and his wife Muriel.

Earl Bowman was born June 24, 1937 in the small south-western Saskatchewan settlement of Herschel which is near Rosetown . He grew up with an older sister Doreen and brother Ralph.

His parents Arthur and Elsie Bowman struggled as wheat farmers and eventually had to move back to Ontario in 1946 due to poor crop yields. His dad built the welding shop at Gowanstown, which is still standing today.

Earl went to school at S.S.#4 Wallace rural elementary school on Shipley Hill between Gowanstown and Kurtzville.

Earl and Nancy were married November 3, 1956. Their first place of residence was in Elmira because Earl was working there at the time. The next move was to Livingstone Avenue here in Listowel. In 1960 they started planning to build there own house on a small lot west of town on highway 86 and moved there the fall of 1961.

Earl has been insulin dependent most of his life. When he was 17 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He had been taking insulin daily for 65 years.

Earl was a member of the Listowel Kinsmen club in the 60’s and then a member of the Atwood Lions Club of which he was currently active as a Life Member.

Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Friday, March 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a Lions Club Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at Trinity United Church, Listowel on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Steven Cox officiating.

Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

Memorial donations to Canadian Diabetes Association or Trinity United Church, Listowel would be appreciated.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, March 13th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Eaton Funeral Home
    385 Main St. W.
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    A Lions Club Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Service

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 11:00am
    Trinity United Church, Listowel
    230 Barber Ave. N.
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    Rev. Steve Cox
  • Interment

    Elma Centre Cemetery
    6499 line 75
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  • Reception

    Trinity United Church Fellowship Hall
    230 Barber Ave. N.
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Joe O'Rourke

Posted at 01:11pm
Nancy and family; Very sorry to hear of Earl's passing. He was always quick to reach out to say hello any time we met. Always admired his and Nancy's determination to keep going out to social functions to see and talk to people even though it was difficult to do so.
Respectfully, Joe and Betty O'Rourke


Posted at 07:47pm
Our Deepest sympathy to Nancy and Family on the passing of Earl. We knew Earl was a faithful member of Trinity United Church. He will be missed.
John & Marilyn Blue

Lois Reoch

Posted at 06:21pm
Nancy. I was saddened to learn of Earl’s passing. Since i am out of country I am unable to attend Earl’s visitation or funeral. Perhaps once I am back, and weather co-operates, we could get together. You are being remembered with support and kindness. Sincere sympathy, Lois Reich

Kelly Judge

Posted at 03:08pm
This is a very difficult time for all concerned. What a great man you celebrate, though. The Judge and Woods families are thinking of you all.

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Posted at 11:41am
Warm hugs to you. From your western cousins
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