Mr. Victor Ellis COWAN

31 July, 193012 November, 2021

Victor (Vic) Ellis Cowan July 31, 1930 – November 12, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Victor Cowan announce his passing on November 12, 2021. He lived a long and full life filled with family and friends.

Vic was born in Vancouver, BC to Ellen and Reuben Cowan, the 4th of 5 sons and one daughter. At the early age of eleven, he lost his father and the family of boys had to begin working to help support the family. At age 21 he married the love of his life, Shirley Elizabeth Chadwick. They married in 1953 and soon purchased a home in Vancouver where they raised their four children – Glenna, David, Lisa and Russell. They would reside in that home until 2019. Vic loved gardening and gradually filled the whole back yard with fruit shrubs and vines, numerous vegetables, and flowers. There was a neighbourhood friendly competition ongoing as to who could grow the largest tomatoes! He often won. Vic worked for the City of Vancouver from 1954 to 1988 receiving recommendation for his loyal and dedicated public service. He was also known for his ready smile, generosity and talented whistling!

Vic is dearly missed by his wife Shirley, sister Beryl, children Glenna and Russell, grandchildren Nathan, Nadia, Halyna, Elysia, Angel, Cody, Staci, Joleen, Tammy, Scott, Crystal, Tanya, Stephanie and RJ, and over 20 great-grandchildren.

The family wish to thank Zion Park Manor in Surrey, BC for their wonderful compassion and care for Vic his last four months.


  • Memorial Tea

    Saturday, 4 December , 2021


Mr. Victor Ellis COWAN

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Marlene Ayers

30 November 2021

Well big guy, there will be beautiful whistling in heaven now. You had a good long life & now get to relax & enjoy your two children & the rest of your family. You were a good father-in-law to me. I remember you driving me to VGH when I was in labour with Angel & I think you were more nervous than me. I remember the family dinners @ the Chinese restaurant on West 10th, so much fun! I’m glad Angel was able to visit with you & Shirley in July. Rest In Peace. Marlene.

Richard Chadwick

22 November 2021

As a very young boy visiting my Uncle's Vic's family whom he welcomed myself and family with warmth , Uncle Vic will be missed with love and warm heartful memories.God Bless

Diane Cowan / Ward

22 November 2021

I have great memories of my Uncle Vic. I never saw him without a smile or a little joke and he always spoke so softly. I’m saddened that the family hadn’t seen each other for many years but I always kept in touch. I send my condolences to Glenna and Russell and all the grandchildren. Uncle Vic is now with my dad and his other brothers. Hugs to everybody !

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