John Bowerbank

John Lewis Bowerbank

Wednesday, October 22nd, 1930 - Friday, October 23rd, 2020
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Bowerbank, John Lewis

Our family is sad to announce that on Friday, October 23, 2020 at the age of 90, John Lewis Bowerbank passed away at Margaret Bahen Hospice in Newmarket.

John leaves behind his beloved wife Shirley of almost 60 years, and his cherished children Andrew and Hilarie (Mike Hildebrandt). John was the best "Papa" to Braeden, Tyler, Findley, Cole, Jenevieve and Alexa. Since it is challenging right now to gather and celebrate our father's life, Andrew and Hilarie have requested that friends and family of John please share a photo or warm memory here: he family is planning 2 small outdoor memorials to honor John, one in Niagara-on-the-Lake and one in Palm Desert for those who wish to attend. Details to follow in the spring about the celebration of a wonderful life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the wonderful Margaret Bahen Hospice, Newmarket: or to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (please include Johns name with either donation).
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Lynn Dickinson

Posted at 12:56pm
Lynn Dickinson
John was both my uncle and my Godfather. He was my father's younger brother so I knew him when I was growing up. My brother Peter and I first visited them in Canada when I was in my early twenties and had a great time. John and Shirley came across to UK frequently to visit family and my Mum and Dad, Wilf and Pat enjoyed holidays with them especially in Palm Desert.
In 1990, they came across just after I had had my first daughter, Ellie. A four generation family celebration ensued with Norah (John's mother), Wilf, Pat, Peter and me, Shirley, John and baby Ellie. The two brothers took over the ordering of the wine and we drank some delightful red wine. In the lounge afterwards, they tackled the brandy menu with gusto. Later the owners of the restaurant asked about the wine since it was at the expensive end of the wine list from which no one had ever bought before!
Peter and I have enjoyed visits to both Palm Desert and Niagara on the Lake and always enjoyed their warmth and hospitality.
Much love to all the family; God bless.

Trudy McCartney

Posted at 02:01pm
To all the family, we hare in your great loss.
Our fondest memories have been in Palm Desert with John and Shirley. They used to invite us for a long weekend to play golf in the mid 80's. We continued to enjoy the game with John for 35 years. It is due to John and Shirley that we purchased our lovely home right around the corner from them 23 years ago. We had so many fun nights, enjoying countless dinner parties, playing bridge and Hearts where Shirley would always win. He was a wonderful friend to us and loved his family. We wish him rest and peace until someday when we can all be together again.
Our deepest condolences to the family.
Trudy and Bill

Sheilagh Stephenson

Posted at 08:08pm
John has been a wonderful friend to Doug and I for over 40 years. Hosting us in Palm Desert and Niagara-On-The-Lake many times. A favourite memory is making fresh orange juice from the fruit trees in his backyard. A lovely memory is John taking me to see one of his favourite entertainers and mine Tony Bennett!. We will miss you John but you lived a great life with a wonderful family and friends.
Rest well my friend.

Darryl Iwai

Posted at 05:27pm
John had a profound affect on my career and who I am as a person. He was a mentor and a friend that will always be remembered with great affection. I was fortunate to start working for John at an early age and learned how a gentleman conducted himself. A family man and gentleman is how I will remember him. He and Shirley raised two great kids and remained lifelong friends of ours. This is a photo of us having lunch in Niagara-On-The -Lake in our later years. Our condolences to Andrew, Hilarie and the Bowerbank family. John will be greatly missed.

Lovingly, Darryl & Jan Iwai

Hilarie Hildebrandt (Bowerbank)

Posted at 11:33pm
I am proud to kick off the memories of the greatest Dad I could ever wish for...all my life Dad has been so loving, affectionate and supportive. I started my career working for Dad and he had higher expectations of me than anyone else that worked for him. I was always determined to make him proud. Dad used to reach out and grab my hand when we were at work events, it was just natural to him to show that love. Once someone told me I should really tell him to stop - it wasn’t ok to have the boss show favoritism - I adamantly insisted I would never ever say something like that to him - I was so lucky to be his daughter, I was grateful of every moment. On the Saturday before Dad passed, he woke up mid-day even though he was heavily medicated, reached for my hand and managed the strength to raise my hand to his mouth to kiss it. That was our goodbye. I will never stop holding hands with my Dad. Miss you forever. ❤️❤️❤️

Trudy McCartney Posted at 02:05pm

I am sure you squeezed his hand three times with affection and love.

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