With great sadness and love, we mourn the passing of our dearest John on October 17, 2022, at the age of 91. Predeceased by Bernice, his sweetheart and wife of 61 years, John will be dearly missed by his daughter Jennifer (Glenn) and grandchildren Jessica and Lucas. He also leaves his sister Joan, brother-in-law Wendell, sister-in-law Patricia, brother-in-law Stewart, dear nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

Born and raised in Victoria to parents Jock and Flo, John enjoyed a lifetime of outdoor adventures that often involved fishing, hiking camping and sailing. John was a man of great conversation and stories, quick to laugh, and generous with his time and many talents. He enjoyed a long career at CFB Esquimalt Dockyard in instrument repair and had great skill in fixing all things. Ever grateful for the long retirement he enjoyed with Bernice, John was a tremendously thoughtful father, grandfather, friend and dog whisperer.

Thank you to the staff of St Charles Manor and the staff on 3S and 8N at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

A Celebration of Life will take place at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Avenue, on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 2:00 pm.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Lauralyn Fast

    Prayers of comfort for you and your family. So sorry I missed uncle John’s celebration of life. Did not want to share my bug. I heard mom and dad made it. They were glad they could make it. My dad has good memories of time well spent with Uncle John and Aunt Joan when he was young.

  • Ken Ritchie

    I have a lot of great memories of John . His brother in law Wendell and I spent a lot of time with he and Bernice. My mind is so full of wonderful moments with them. My sincere condolences to all his Family. You made my growing years very special. Love to all

  • Diane Crowther

    Though I’ve not seen you since you were a child, Jennifer, I still carry with me memories of you and Alison coming for piano lessons—the ringlets your mother lovingly wound in your hair always amazed me! She was such a lovely person and I can only imagine your father was equally loving and caring; I wish I had known him, too. I’m so sorry to read of your father’s passing and send you and your family my love and condolences.

  • Alison Ross

    My dearest Jennifer, Glenn, Jessica and Lucas,

    All who knew John were blessed. He was a father to everyone and unbelievably generous in spirit and reality. We were so fortunate to have known and loved him and even luckier in that he lives on in you.

    With deepest condolences,
    Alison Ross

  • Myrna Tracy

    We were sorry to learn of your father’s death, Jennifer. I always enjoyed his company and appreciated what a great friend he was to Bud.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Myrna (and Robin) Tracy

  • Eve Townsend

    To Jennifer and Glenn family of John Rowan.
    John attended Mt. Douglas High school and was a dear Friend of my brother, Bud Webb. Their wives, Doreen and Bernie were also very close friends. The thought of them being united once more warms my heart. I’m truly sorry that I’m unable to be with you on Wednesday, Oct 26 at Cordova Bay United. I’m sure you will miss the kind, thoughtfulness of this great person.
    Sincerely, Eva and Rick Townsend

  • Shannon

    Uncle John’s voice will be forever in my memory. Love and hugs

  • Anna Beynon

    Sincere condolences to you and yours Jennifer. Your father was a special man and such a great friend to Mom and Bud.
    He will always be close to you in spirit. As the song says…”A breath away’s not far to where you are…”

    ❤ Anna and Dave Beynon and family

  • Cindy Webb

    Thinking of you and your family Jennifer. You father was a wonderful man and I cherished all of our visits together over the years. Keep your memories of him close to your heart and please reach out if I can help in anyway. ❤️❤️

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