Nicholas Aaron Steven Bowker

2 March, 199028 December, 2020

Nicholas lived life to the fullest. He left this world, doing what he loved, riding his snow bike in the mountains. He passed away in an avalanche, near Pemberton, BC. One last run…

The mountains of BC were his home for the last 6+ years. He began life in Tillsonburg, Ontario on the Bowker farm with his 2 older brothers, Sean and Brent. It was the place of many mountain bike, quad and dirt bike adventures. He even built his own track on the back hills of the farm. He loved to hop on his dirt bike and fly, racing Motocross for several years. It helped lay the foundation for his solid work ethic. His adventures only got bigger and faster through the years.

In February 2013, after completing heavy equipment training at Fleming College, he headed west to work for Bannister. As a Heavy Equipment Operator on the Alberta pipeline, he soon proved himself to be a valuable worker. Nicholas gained seat time with every job. While owning a place in Kelowna, he fell in love with Timbersledding. It was around the mountains of Vernon and his home in Kelowna that he began exploring the mountain trails and backcountry. His infectious smile and fun loving attitude made him a friend of many. He loved a good conversation and catching up with friends and family.

In 2006, Nick’s life path crossed the Carlson family from Abbotsford BC and a deep friendship formed, starting with their shared love of Motocross. In 2017 he began working for them (Westwoods Contracting). He showed his expertise for thinking through the logistics of projects and many rock walls. He always had a plan!

In 2017, along came Lainie. Someone who made his heart “full” and he could laugh and dream with. They were building their dreams on Sumas mountain, with a view for the future, and a view of the mountains.

Nicholas had a deep love for animals even as a little boy. Nick’s dog, Rocky, is missing his boy.

Nicholas is dearly missed by his girlfriend Lainie McBride, the love of his life and fellow adventurer. Survived by his parents, Steve and Suzanne, Brothers: Sean and Jessica (Ontario), Brent and Ashley (BC). Uncle Nick and his adventures will be greatly missed by Connor, Erin, Gordon and Andrew. Nicholas is also survived by all 4 grandparents. Frank and Joanne Pettman (Ontario) and Gordon and Audrey Bowker (Quebec) Nicholas is the 6th out of 8 Pettman grandsons, and 6th out of 12 Bowker grandchildren.

Nicholas was a gift from the Lord for 30+ years. We are honoured when you view Nick’s Memorial online, when you #livelikenickyb and follow your dreams.

We miss you more than you will ever know Nicky B. We are sure you have found the mountains in Heaven, where we will be reunited again. Our Hope is in the Lord. John 11:25 Jesus said: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live.”

Nick’s virtual Celebration of Life was held January 5th, and can be viewed online via the link below. In person memorial events will be scheduled when possible.

Memorial donations gratefully appreciated to any of the following charities that represent Nick’s passions:

Chilliwack Search and Rescue - Nick’s current hometown and place he loved to explore and ride.

Pemberton Search and Rescue - Nick’s favourite place to ride.

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides - Nick’s family helps train service dogs. They were a big part of his love for animals.

If you could indicate that the donation is in memory of Nicholas that would be greatly appreciated.

Celebration of Life Link:


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Dianne Moore

27 February 2021

We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your son Nicholas.

Harold and Dianne Moore

Mitchell Coers

25 February 2021

I will always always remember that last drive around Bradner together. We were waiting on gravel trucks and Nick took me for a drive to see all the other sites they had worked on and we just talked. Talked about equipment, bikes, sleds, growing up on farms and things we wanted to do and adventures we each wanted to go on. I always admired you for the way you always lived your life. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with you but didn’t need to to know how great of person we all lost. Tulameen won’t be the same without you. #livelikenickyb

Elaine Matson

23 February 2021

I do not have a memory to share of your precious son but through your posts and this obituary my heart is blessed. A son loved that gave all! A son that had great joy which is a testament to his parents and those he loved, a man blessed with kindness, integrity and love for life, his family, nature and all animals. Im so sorry for your loss, for your grief.

Suzanne Bowker

19 February 2021

Our little cowboy! You used to run around the house with your pretend horses, and cowboy gear on. When we went to Alberta in 1996, you were SO excited. My favourite memory from that trip, was riding horses as a family, near Drumheller. You rode with me. We rode up and down hills and on the same fields as the buffalo roamed once. It was a very special memory, for us all to be together riding. That was the first time you saw the mountains. I wonder if you fell in love with them then....

Suzanne Bowker

19 February 2021

You loved animals from the time you were old enough to give them hugs:) Whether it was a kitten, a puppy that wandered through, Wild Thing or Kit Kat, you loved them all. You always tried to sneak them in the house. We would find you snuggled up with one or more, or hear them meowing in our dresser drawers, where you hid them. You were SO excited when you had your own puppy, Rocky to train and have adventures with. You were a great pair together, and put all your Dog Guide training to good use. I remember sitting in the truck, and Rocky whining till you got back with your morning coffee. Miss you Nicholas. Love Mom

Bruce Minielly

15 January 2021

To Steve and Suzanne,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Nick's passing. I remember him as a fun loving, outgoing, happy guy- always smiling and up for a joke. I can't imagine what you are going through.
My sincerest condolences to you and your family.