Richard "Dick" C. Lowndes

May 12, 1939December 29, 2012

LOWNDES, Richard “Dick” C. May 12, 1939 – December 29, 2012

Richard “Dick” passed away suddenly in Calgary, AB on Saturday, December 29, 2012. Richard is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 33 years; step daughter Dawna (Dan) of London, ON; step grandson Bradley (Jen) Robinson; step great grandchildren Anna and Aaron of High River, AB; step grandsons Justin and Richard of Calgary, AB as well as an extensive network of nieces and nephews from coast to coast. He is the beloved brother of Jenny, Rachel and Quinta; brothers-in-law Bruce and Ian; and predeceased by Geoffrey. Richard was also a loved uncle of several nieces and nephews. Before coming to Canada in 1965, he served in the Merchant Navy and at the Radar Establishment in Malvern. After retiring, Dick had time to pursue his life-long passion for astronomy as well as tending his garden, especially his beloved roses. He and Marg always enjoyed life together which included their love of music, model railroading, growing of African Violets, love of the outdoors, biking, hiking and traveling extensively. Dick will be greatly missed by many whose lives he touched. A Memorial Service will be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2013

Richard "Dick" C. Lowndes

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January 12, 2013

So sorry to hear this sad news. We met Dick (and Marg) at the star party in New Mexico and were looking forward to seeing them (and playing Mexican Train) again this year.
John and Wendy McDonald, Victoria

Keith Armstrong

January 9, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the Lowndes family. He was a true inspiration and I will miss his passion for life and in particular, astronomy. I will remember him for so many friendly conversations we struck up at so many astronomical events in the past. Farewell my friend...

Grace and Dale Wilson

January 8, 2013

We were so sorry to hear about Dick's death in the paper and then Anne phoned us and told us what happened. Sorry we could not make the funeral. You have our deepest sympathies and hope you are healing better each day, as I understand you had to have oxygen at the funeral. All the best Marg. I there is anything we can do please let us know.

Dale and Grace Wilson -Okotoks

January 7, 2013

Dear Marg - I'm so sorry to hear of Dick's passing - you were both so suited to each other and enjoyed all the same activities. He was such a nice person and I know how difficult this will be for you and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. On a more positive note - he is probably playing bridge with Audrey and Edith Ingleby by now. I'm sorry I missed the funeral - I only found out about it on Saturday too late to attend. Sincerely Donna Barrett

Rachel Craven

January 6, 2013

Richard was our brother, the eldest of 5 - Richard, Jenny, the late Geoffrey, Rachel and Quinta - and the eldest of 10 cousins. He was also brother-in-law of Bruce and Ian, Uncle of Emma, Alex, Bethany and Helen and great-uncle of Angus. He took this position quietly and seriously. And he learned to tease his little sisters mercilessly

When World War II broke out, the infant Richard was in New Zealand with his mother - he returned across the United States where people begged his mother to leave him with them but she would not be parted from her infant son and they crossed the Atlantic in an American ship. One of Richard's earliest memories was seeing Bristol in flames after the Blitz.

Despite leaving home at 18 and the scattering of all of us around the world, Richard never seemed far away.

He fished off Spitzbergen, attended the Radar Establishment at Malvern and spent time as a Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy.

Working at Fylingdales in Yorkshire, he first encountered his long-term friend, Malcolm. Later, they both found themselves here in Calgary.

He had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and some extraordinary talents.
For instance, he was the only person I have ever known who was able to hook a lime green hula hoop over the chimney of an old, English, two-storey vicarage. And it's probably there still.

Richard had many loves in his life:
• from childhood he was a radio-fanatic - the bedroom he shared with his brother, Geoffrey, was a spider's web of wires attached to short-wave radios - a love that was to shape his future
• he loved the mountains for hiking and ski-ing and insisted that no-one could call themselves a hiker or rambler unless they had climbed The Three Sisters. I had broken ribs to attest to my failure.
• he loved the powerful music of Beethoven and Wagner - and of Bach played on the King of Instruments, the organ - especially if it had a 64foot pipe.
• he loved his telescopes and astronomy devoting much time to exploring the heavens and demonstrating its wonders to others
• he loved his garden - especially the roses
• and birds
• he loved Margaret and he loved the life, family, friends and travels they enjoyed together - [I'm sure Brad will have more to say on that.]
• and he loved to read - to read his ever-growing pile of books-to-be-read which, tragically, will now remain unread by him.

We will miss our brother, Richard.

January 6, 2013

Bob and Helga Pattison

January 5, 2013

We have shared so many great and beautiful moments over the years - hiking, backpacking, climbing and camping or just visiting. Dick will be greatly missed by all of us.
Marg, our help will always be here for you.
With love

January 5, 2013

Dick was a friend, a good listener and a lively personality at Friday Morning Coffee. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his beloved wife, Marg.
Janet and Enrique

Erlinda and Frank Howard

January 5, 2013

The life of your best friend has been snatched in the midst of the joys you two have been experiencing. Our prayers are with you and we hope that each day will lessen the pain you are going through now.
We will miss Dick in our Friday Coffee gathering.

Del and Bonnie Connolly

January 5, 2013

Our sincere sympathy to the family, we knew Richard many years ago at square dance