On the afternoon of December 19, 2019, the Bowie’s sadly said goodbye to Shannon. Her family was by her side as her decision to move on was carried out. She left this world on her own terms and with no regrets after a six month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Shannon was a kind and loyal wife and mother to her children Paige and Jackson and husband Sam. Predeceased by her father, Don Gibson and brother, Russell Gibson, she is survived by her mother Vivian Gibson and siblings Corey and Scott and their wonderful families.

Born and schooled in Williams Lake, a community she was fiercely proud of, she made her way to Victoria after graduation. She met Sam in 1995 and was foolish enough to marry him in the summer of 2000.  They enjoyed travelling together around B.C. and the Yukon in their early years together.

The real joy in her life came with the births of Jack in 2002 and Paige in 2004. They gave her such great joy and purpose.  They were a constant source of pride. Shannon was a wonderfully bright light and a good friend to many. Her quick smile, wicked sense of humour and ready hugs were a joy to all her friends. Shannon’s “Bitches” were special friends and their Black Friday shopping extravaganzas were always epic adventures for all concerned. Shannon had a discerning eye and as an avid collector/hoarder, she purchased questionable antiquities, especially purses and coins.

After her tough diagnosis, the family decided to continue with a planned trip to New York City and Baltimore where they visited Jack’s prospective university and Paige enjoyed the thrill of shopping on Fifth Avenue.

Shannon’s family is forever indebted to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Palliative Care team, Claremont High School staff, countless friends, neighbours, coaches, teacher, co-workers and employers. A very special thank you to Kim Ewer and Dr.’s Hugh Down, Karen Down and Andrea Lewis and all the doctors and support staff at the B.C. Cancer Agency.

The family has requested no flowers but, if you would like to, please consider a donation to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Palliative Care Unit in Shannon’s memory.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Rick MacGillivray

    Sam, So,so sad to hear of Shannon’s illness and passing. My deepest condolences to you, Jack and Paige. She’s gone far too soon. Always thinking of you.

  • Tami Hanson

    Shannon was definitely a one of a kind. She was a goof ball, a best friend, fearless leader, passionate crusader, beauty queen, empathetic human and if you could think of a person that changed lives and made people laugh- that was Shannon. You are in my thoughts constantly and always in my heart! My heart goes out to all those that were fortunate to know you ❤️

  • Kim Williams

    To the Bowie family,
    My sincere condolences to you. May your memories help to easy the pain. Shannon was a bright light to anyone whom had ever meet her. I will truly miss her phone phone calls that made me laugh hysterically and bubbly visits to the office. She talked of you often at work as you were the highlight of her life. Thinking of you.

  • Joel Griffiths

    Sam, Jack and Paige,

    We are so very sorry for your loss, it is still so hard to believe. Shannon was such a joy to be around, there was always a twinkle in her eye and she was quick to smile and share her amazing wit. Very sorry we are not able to join you on Sunday for her celebration of life.

    You are in thoughts,

    Gord, Joel, Zach, Chris and Nick

  • Susie

    I am so sorry. I didn’t know your mom long but boy she was a fun and a person that you would never forget. When I first met her on the soccer field she made a remark and I thought who is this women but when I turned to look at her she was just laughing.
    I will never forget her smiling face Paige. It was an honour to have met “Sister” Shannon.

  • Julie and Taryn

    To Shannon’s family and friends,

    Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Shannon will always be remembered by us as such a kind, caring, and positive person who would do anything for her family; and someone who has made a positive impact on everyone that she met.

  • Kelly and Allan Wallace

    Too the Gibson and Bowie family,

    We are very sorry for your loss.

    While we never got to personally meet Shannon, we had a chance to experience what an amazing and wonderful Sister, Mother, Aunt and friend she was through pictures and stories from Scott.

    Shannon will continue to live through the love everyone has for her and through the lasting positive impact she’s had on so many lives.

  • Mena Westhaver

    There are not enough words to express the sadness that is felt by everyone I speak with… Shannon was and always will be a “forever sister”. Thank you Shannon for your “bright light”, infectious smile and beautiful way of sharing your love with all you met. Sam, Jack and Paige, you have a beautiful angel looking over you. I will miss Shannon deeply. <3 Mena

  • Denis Goulet

    Sam, Paige and Jack,

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Denis and Eva

  • Mira Cvitanovic

    Sam, Jack and Paige…..what can I say that you don’t already know.
    Your sweet mama was so amazing she was so proud of you all! Every day at Ceremonies was a pleasure being with Shannon! It will never be the same. I miss her, and am very blessed to have had her in my life! Buddy here’s to you! Cheers sweet friend, gone to soon.
    Stay strong Bowies! Much love to you all.

  • Gitte LaRocque

    Dearest Shannon, I can’t believe you are gone. You were so full of laughter, your amazing smile and bright cheerful energy always made my day. You were a beautiful person inside and out. My deepest condolences to your family. Your beautiful spirit will be missed but always, always remembered.

  • Joanne Hall

    Shannon was such an amazing person. I feel very lucky to have known her and spent time with her. Sam, Jack and Paige, you were her world and made her so very proud. My deepest sympathy to you.

  • Arend Stamhuis

    Shannon was such a joy to be around. She was understanding, interested, caring, joyful, all the best things one could hope for in a person. We are all better off for having known her.

  • Roger and Maggie Keatley

    Sam, Jack, Paige, Viv, Corry and Scott,

    Our deepest condolences to you all.
    Shannon really was a bright, funny, amazing wife, mother, daughter and sister. Always ready with a smile, hug and funny story. We have known her since she was 9 years old and a fixture by her momma’s side to every event, celebration, get together, (of which there were many) after we immigrated to Williams Lake. Shannon was super proud of you all especially, Sam, Jack and Paige. Still shocked she is no longer with us but, her presence and spirit will surround you and watch over you always. Hugs and prayers to you all. I am out of the country and unfortunately will not be able to attend Shannon’s Celebration of Life, but I will be thinking about you all. So sorry for your loss, Roger and Maggie Keatley ❤️

  • Christina Harris

    Shannon welcomed me on my first day at CAPI and I loved her from that moment. She was my work partner, my confidant and my joy every day we worked together. Even after I moved down the hall to a new job, I was happy every time she appeared in my door way to ask if I could yell at the printer with her, or caught her smile out the corner of my eye as I walked past her office. She was a simply a delight and I miss her.

    Sam, Jack and Paige — I simply cannot imagine the loss you are experiencing. Shannon loved you all so much and felt your love everyday. You are in all of our thoughts.

  • George & Shelley Goertzen

    Our deepest Condolences to you Corey and Candace and Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during your loss. Shanna will be rejoicing in heaven now. May you cherish the memories you have of her. Take care

  • Tim richardson

    Auntie Viv Corey and Scott
    Shannon was like the sister I never had. We lost touch over the years but got reconnected via Facebook. My greatest sorrow to the family. She will be missed dearly by me.

  • Edith & Ben Matthies

    Dear Viv, Corry and Scott; we followed the news of Shannon’s terminal cancer with disbelief and shared many memories of your family and ours experiencing the Love of God under the umbrella of Cariboo Bethel Church in the 1970s-1980s. Shannon couldn’t be pigeon-holed but danced through her teenage years with a contagious grin! May the compassionate love from our Father massage your hearts in this next season as you walk with ‘one less’ who was such an integral part of your families.

  • Tracy Throssell

    My Deepest Sympathy To Sam, Jack And Paige And Corry and Scott and To My Auntie Viv.
    My Heart Breaks for Your Loss. Shannon was so full of life. Bubbly, Loving, And Caring to all. I will Miss My Baby Cousin so much.. Hugs To You Shannon in Heaven. We Will meet again one Day.

  • jack macdonald

    Dear Sam and family,i’m very sorry for your loss.my thoughts and prayers are with you.Jack (“johl”)Macdonald

  • Denise Unger

    Sam, Jack and Paige

    I hope and pray the years of beautiful memories you have of Shannon will give you some comfort in time. She was a beautiful soul who taught all of us the definition of courage, strength and grace. She will forever be an angel watching over all of you. I will miss her but am truly blessed for knowing her ❤️

  • Suzanne Marion

    Sam, Jack and Paige….Shannon was such a beautiful person ~ inside and out. I hold fond memories of her in my heart.
    May your cherished memories bring you all moments of comfort. My deepest, heartfel condolences to you all.

  • Candice Watson

    So sorry for your loss and our deepest condolences. Shannon was an amazing women and put a smile on everyone’s face. She will be sadly missed.

  • Brandy Nohr

    Dear Sam, Jack and Paige,

    I am so sorry to hear of Shannon’s passing. She was a bright light in this world, always quick with a laugh and a smile. Hope you are able to embrace your memories together and celebrate all the happiness Shannon brought to your family and many others.

    X Brandy

  • Lee McKenna

    Sam, Paige and Jack,

    It’s been a few years since we’ve seen you all. We were so shocked to hear if Shannon’s illness and then passing. We will always carry her smile and her laugh in our hearts. She was a true bright light in this world, dampened much too soon. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you as you navigate your lives going forward. Take care.

    Sincere wishes, Lee and Brian McKenna

  • Ian Case

    Dear Sam, Jackson and Paige,
    I am so very sorry for you loss. Shannon worked with me and the team at Ceremonies and Events at UVic for a year and half. During that time we grew to love her bright, happy, helpful and joyful personality. She was an key part of our team and a great person to work with. She spoke of you often at work – her deep love for you shone through. Jackson and Paige, she was so very proud of you and your accomplishments. We love her and loved working with her. Thank you for letting us have our time with her. We will treasure it. Much love to you all and deepest condolences.

  • Leslie Butt

    We were lucky to have Shannon working in a busy office at UVic for several years, where she brought energy, enthusiasm, competence, and humor to her job. It was always a treat to spend a few minutes with her, and share a laugh over something or other. She was able to see the humour in her life, and to support and counsel others. I miss her positive energy and kind heart. My deepest sympathies to Sam and family.

  • Wendy Evans

    Dear Vivian
    Read of the passing of your precious daughter and wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and my sympathy goes out to you and all your family.

    Hugs Wendy Evans

  • Lloyd Engelking

    To Sam & the kids. With deepest sympathy in the loss of Shannon. She was a wonderful lady

  • Lloyd Engelking

    To Sam and the kids I offer you my deepest sympathy.It was a shock to hear about Shannon.She was a wonderful lady. We will all miss her

  • Anne Cavanagh

    To Sam, Jackson and Paige: So sorry for your loss of Shannon. There are no perfect words at this time. Hugs to all of you from your cousin in Ontario, Anne (Gallagher) Cavanagh

  • Ken Gregory

    Dear Sam,Jack and Paige,

    We are so sorry and shocked to hear about Shannon’s passing.
    We can’t even imagine the pain you all are feeling but just know
    she will always be watching over you❤️
    Sending our strength and love to you all!

    From, Ken, Kerry, Karson and Maddy Gregory

  • Chad Rintoul

    Sam, Jack and Paige,

    We, like our whole community, are deeply saddened by your loss.

    Shannon always brightened up every room she was in, and she will be missed by so many.

    Our condolences and thoughts are with you.

    Rintoul family

  • Sheryl and Stelio

    Dear Sam, Paige & Jackson

    Stelio and I were so sorry to read of Shannon’s passing. Sending you much love and our condolences.

  • Jessica Ball

    I was the beneficiary of Shannon’s positivity and helpfulness during her time at UVic’s Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives. May her memory always be a blessing upon her family.

  • Maria Ferreira

    Sam, Jack and Paige… please accept my most sincere and heartfelt condolences. Shannon was a wonderful friend and colleague. I was fortunate to share many lunch time walks and laughs with her and I will cherish the memory of those moments, always. Rest In Peace beautiful buddy… I will miss you.

  • Tara Todesco

    My sincere condolences to you and the family. I didn’t know Shannon well, but I always valued her as the bright light in the room.

    Tara Todesco

  • Patricia Kidd

    Alas, I knew Shannon for far too short a time, but from the moment I met her 6 years ago, I realized that she was a remarkable person—remarkable for her ability to laugh and to share her optimism and sense of humour; remarkable for her determination to look on the bright side, to find the blessings even in darkness. Just seeing her in the office at CAPI brought me such joy! I know she touched so many lives with the power of that joy. To Paige and Jackson: you are the light she leaves behind—she lives through you! To Sam: I know something of the pain you’re going through, although my husband had led a long and full life by the time he died nearly four years ago. (Shannon gave me such comfort then!) The love you shared will never die. It continues on, even now. You may not see her, but she’s with you always.

  • Valerie Ross

    Sam I am so sorry to hear of this horrific loss. My memories of Shannon are all from you. I know how devoted she was to you and Paige and Jack. I also know how much you loved her and your kids. I do hope that love carries you through this time and allows you to go forward. Our thoughts are with you.

    Valerie Ross and Bruce Campbell

  • Shari Winter

    Dear family – my heart aches for you. Shannon was such a joy and pleasure to work with and I know she will be missed deeply. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Her laughter and fun loving spirit was infectious and I will miss her very much! Take care of each other. Shari Winter

  • Maureen Creed

    Dear Beautiful Shannon, gone too soon from your family and friends. Your smile will shine bright on your next journey.

  • Anne Archer

    I love you buddy , always will and I know we will see each other again . I will wait to hear from you our sweet warrior . Until then give JC the hugest kiss and hug . Anne, Dez Leah & Tom XO

  • Louise Peters

    Dear Shannon your big smile always made my day. My deepest sympathies to your family and friends.

  • Marilyn Cossaro

    Sam, Jack & Paige, Shannon was always smiling and always made time for a chat. She spoke of Jack and Paige so proudly with a big smile, family was always first for her always. She has left you far too early, but please know she is always with you in spirit. My deepest sympathy to you and your extended family and friends.

  • Michèle Favarger

    Dearest Shannon, so very saddened to know you have left us. We enjoyed hugs and laughter over our many years of friendship. You were there at my graduation and at my retirement celebration. I can’t believe you are gone. So full of life. My deepest condolences to your family and your oh, so many friends. Your bright spirit will be missed but always remembered. Fondest farewells, my friend.

  • Sarah Lane

    Sam, Jack & Paige,
    I am so sorry for your loss, there just aren’t any words. Even though I didn’t know Shannon personally, she sounds like an amazing wife and mother. May God give you all comfort and strength at this sad time.

  • Phil Edge


    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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