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Kelly Bowman

September 24, 1952 - January 21, 2018


My darling husband, Kelly Ross Bowman, passed away January 21, 2018 at 2:13 pm.  He passed at home and I was by his side holding his hand.  Kelly had the most amazing life and in our forty years together, we packed it in with adventures including living on a boat for ten years, and travelling to China, Africa, Cambodia and last year to India.  For the past twenty years, we have had the wonderful good luck of living on a beautiful property in Shawnigan Lake with the creek running through it, where Kelly played in what he called his “sand box”, building “Whoville” a small grouping of cabins, contracting out the building of our house, and logging and bucking wood to his heart’s content.  We had forty years of bliss together but as the old saying goes “all things must pass”.  A visit from Patricia Gunn of the Spiritualist Church of Duncan gave Kelly great comfort in knowing that many others will greet him on the other side, and he will have no further pain from prostate cancer metastatic to bone.  Kelly was a fine gentleman who was a loving husband to wife Marilyn, brother to remaining sister Candace, and uncle and great uncle to nieces Christine and Tanya, grand nephew Saint and grand niece Kaydence.  In particular, Kelly had a wide circle of friends as he was a wonderfully social person.  Kelly and friend Chris had a long lasting relationship spanning decades and, in retirement, they puttered around on Chris’ liveaboard yacht.  As well, Kelly spent many hours with Bob from the dog park, zipping around in Bobs’ sports car and  helping each other with the work that comes from living on acreages.  There are not enough words to thank the medical support we received that allowed Kelly to stay at home during his illness.  Our most heartfelt thanks go out to Dr. Moulaison, Dr. Masuda, Dr. Bacsu,  the community nurses who visited regularly, the Home Support staff who made Kelly so comfortable and the blood transfusion staff and lab staff at CDH  and a quiet Reiki practioner, Helen, who gave Kelly peace of spirit.  Also, so many thanks go to the BC Cancer Agency whose work on behalf of their patients is nothing short of incredible with special thanks to Dr. Goulart, Dr. Parimi and Dr. Poonja.  Kelly had a special soul, sweet and kind.  He did a lot of quiet favors for people without taking any credit.  To be honest, I cannot believe he is gone and I do not know how I will fill the great void in my heart.  Missing him just as much as me is his loyal companion, five year old golden retriever, Fred, who is lying sadly in a back room.  Fred and Kelly spent many hours of time at Coffee on the Moon and at the local dog parks.  My special memories of Kelly and I together are dancing under a full moon, sitting and listening to the stream in our gazebo with a cup of coffee in our hands, wild nights in Whoville with the radio up and a fire roaring, the pleasures of our travels, and just being together with nothing to do and nowhere to go.  We were the best of friends.  The day before he died, he said to me “I love you so much, words cannot express.”  Right back atcha darling.


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From: Jan Felix
Relation: through the cobble hill dog park

Dear Marilyn. So Sorry to hear of Kelly’s passing. He was such a gentleman, kind and caring. I knew Kelly through the dog park with Milo. Loved hearing his stories of his builds on the property. Heartfelt condolences to all.

From: Andrew
Relation: Work friend

To Marilyn, So sorry to see that Kelly has passed, I was a work pal for a while doing renovations for me on the electrical side of things prays and thoughts are with you in your time of grief.

From: Valorie Masuda
Relation: Medical care

Dear Marilyn, I appreciated the lovely obituary for Kelly! He was a lovely, brave soul You provided such loving and dedicated care for him, evidence of the love you shared in your lives together. Peace be with you.

From: Robert Barrington
Relation: Multiple business contact

I remember Kelly so well. For ten years he was my “go to” electrician. Smart, quick and a great problem solver. I saw a softer side too in his outlook on life. We definitely bonded as animals lovers. He was the only contractor I ever engaged that always brought his dog. Thank you Kelly for making this world a little bit better for a lot of people. Peace.

From: Jamie Gielens and Lucie Teasdale
Relation: As a friend and client of his.

We first met Kelly in 2009 when he came to wire in my new shop and do some work in the house. We hit it off immediately and while we were not close friends we were always happy to see each other when we happened to meet. He was a consumate gentleman as well as being a friend (and great electrician) helping me set up my shop properly and giving us lots of advice regarding the house wiring. He was an inspiration to me in my own battle with cancer. He and Fred were always welcome and Fred and Monty got to know each other well in the few times they met. We were wondering why we had not seem him in a while. We send all our condolences to you Marylin and also to Fred. I know how much you will both miss Kelly. All our love – Jamie and Lucie

From: Susan and Geoff
Relation: Friend and electrician

We moved to the Island 10 years ago and needed an electrician for our huge renovation. We found Kelly’s name in the local newspaper and instantly all our trouble, which were many, disappeared. He was a fixture in our house for many, many days, too many if his remarks were anything to go by, but in spite of the less than flattering comments about our intelligence and the frequent eye rolling, we just loved this man. He made us laugh, he made us cringe by our stupidity, but mostly he made our lives richer.

Rest in peace, sweet, sweet Kelly and Marilyn, I’m sorry that we never met you, but he talked about you often and by his words we know that you are someone we would like to know.

From: Brenda Leakey
Relation: friend

I am so sorry to hear of Kelly’s passing. Kelly & Marilyn always accepted me into their fold and always made me feel so welcome. A sad day for sure. Kelly will be missed. Marilyn all I can say is one day at a time and hang in there. You both had an amazing love for each other. so true and strong . much love and hugs Brenda Leakey

From: Al Woodcock
Relation: Friend

I met Kelly in junior high school, Mount Prevost, and became pretty good friends. Out of school we all went our separate ways but many times over the following years our paths would cross and we had great times reminiscing. In recent years Kelly did a couple of wiring jobs for us and our daughter. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.

From: Erika Katzmann
Relation: Through work at Canada Post

Marilyn Bowman I came across this obituary and as I read the beautiful tribute to Kelly I wondered if you were the Marilyn and Kelly that lived on the boat in False Creek. You may not remember me but I worked with you Marilyn at the Post Office in Vancouver. I have often thought about you and Kelly. Remember the time we went snowshoeing at Cypress it was so fun. My deepest sympathy Marilyn. Kelly was a kind and wonderful man. Marilyn I would love to get in touch with you…… I now live in West Kelowna.

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