Sadly, and suddenly passed away in Victoria, BC April 3, 2023 at the age of 71.

Michael was born in Halifax, N.S., loving son of Ronald and Betty Lowden. He is survived by his sisters Maureen Jeffries, Patty Moore, half sister Patty King and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no service and we invite you to celebrate Michael’s life in your own special way. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Mike Griffiths

    I just found out that Mike Lowden has passed away. I met him back in the early seventies, when we hung out after those Purple Onion gigs, every Friday and Saturday night. Fun times, with “Mike The Roadie”, as he was called. He would lift and carry those amps and speaker boxes for Blues Union after a residency. Strong as an ox, I called him. Through the years, we kept in touch. Those days at the corner house on Skinner. Working at Oaklands Fisheries. I’d see him in the walk-in freezer, throwing frozen 100 pounds bags onto the pile, ox! While working at the Victoria Clipper, I would see Mike on the front door at The Empress Hotel. There he was,and I’d say “Hi Mike”, with his tort reply, “Call me Michael! That’s my name!” Point taken. We kept in touch all these years. We met for coffee or breakfast, until a phone call, just now,from California. A mutual friend was concerned that he hadn’t heard from him. Phone not receiving calls. I looked online and his obituary came up. So sad to hear that my dear friend Michael is gone. R.I.P.

  • Tracy McLellan

    Tracy & Richard

    Michael we will miss you dearly, your calls to us to find out where to get the best donairs in town, were always a great way to keep in touch.
    I’ll always remember working on the door at the Empress together. So sorry to hear of your passing.

  • Teresa Houle

    Terribly sad to see this. Michael and I met working at the hotel and kept in touch after his retirement. He would text me randomly about whatever international or national day it was. I have missed those texts. He was a gem of a man and will be missed. RIP Michael.

  • Loretta Blasco

    God speed, dear friend! You always meet life’s challenges with such courage!
    You will be missed!

  • Jill Watson Kent

    My deepest sympathy to Mike’s family. Mike was one of my longest friends. We knew each other for 49 years. This is a shock to hear. We both lived at 424 Skinner St. in a house referred to as the Hippy House. Even though I moved to northern B.C. we always kept in touch and would do lunch in Victoria and Mike came up to visit me in Port Alberni when he bought his new VW Golf. We phoned each other often. He was a good friend of my ex Sandy Crawford too who passed away also on April 3,2022. I will really miss my good friend. RIP Mike.

  • Lesley Watson

    My condolences to Mike’s family, I’ve only just found out after emailing and trying to ring him. I knew Michael for many years in Victoria, and always made the time to catch up when I visited Victoria. I will miss him.

  • Kathy Vincent

    Maureen and Patty, our deepest sympathies to you both and your families. We will remember Michael fondly for his visits here in Porters Lake, and know that his spirit will always be here at the cottage in some form. Hugs to you all.
    Love, Kathy and David Vincent

  • Gary Mons

    Sad to hear , but the short time I spent with Mike and friends was a good time to remember.
    Rest in peace

  • Debbie (Tracey) Matheson

    Maureen, so sorry to read of Michael’s passing.

  • Mark Lebedynski

    I worked with Michael at The Empress Hotel for many years and we became friends over the years of his employment and afterwards meeting up for coffee and walks along Dallas Rd Waterfront.
    We will miss Michael dearly and wish his family condolences
    I’ve shared Michael’s obituary with other friends and colleagues from the Empress!
    We miss you dearly Michael

  • Sue Demmons

    Maureen, so sorry to read of your brother’s passing.
    Sue Farquhar Demmons

  • Beth (Hatt) Cole

    Maureen, so very sorry to read your brother’s obituary. I remember when we lived on Woodlawn Road and your family lived on Guysborough Avenue. My brother Danny decided to get an aquarium after seeing Michael’s. When the guppy babies were born the mom started eating them and Danny had to run over to your house to borrow the little floater box to save the babies. Just a little fond “memory” from many years ago…

  • Earle King

    Earle and I send deepest sympathy to you Maureen and all your family on the sudden death of your brother
    Michael. You were so faithful writing him and phoning him on a regular basis. What a shock to learn of his death. May he continue to be held in safety for all eternity.
    Susan & Earle

  • Linda (Hill) Marinus

    So sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. He was a good friend and I could always count on his Christmas card being the first one I received. His phone calls were infrequent but we always had a great chat! It was lovely seeing him every time we went to Victoria, and to reminisce about school days. We’ll miss him.

  • Graham Moore

    Hi there, it was several years ago since I had seen Michael. However it was a memorable occasion where he was a guest on my boat along with his sisters. We had a lovely tour of Halifax Harbour and I still remember Michael’s interest in the Navy ships and his depth of knowledge about them. Rest in peace Michael.

  • Arthur Hill

    I loved my weekly NASCAR chaats with Michael every Sunday. It was so nice to reconnect with an old high school friend and share stories and adventures every Sunday as we waited for the NASCAR race to start. I will miss our weekly chats.

  • Megan and Ryan Shute

    Uncle Michael, you will be missed and always in our hearts and thoughts. We love you very much.


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