First Memorial Funeral Services

1155 Fort Street, Victoria, BC


Stephen Karl Bowker

April 24, 1951July 29, 2020

Passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy illness, surrounded by loved ones.

He was a devoted husband, father, son, “Baba”, brother and uncle. Steve is survived by his loving wife Gail, son Rick (Lillian and three gorgeous granddaughters), mother (Win Bowker) and sisters Carol and Kim. Also left to mourn are numerous nieces and nephews and their children, and equally numerous in-laws and friends. He loved travel, dancing in the kitchen with the girls, and a really good discussion on just about anything. He was smart, funny, kind and a great raconteur – travel stories a specialty. Steve was an original, and lived his life his way. He inspired others to live the life you want, and figure out the logistics later.

Think of him whenever you see a really beautiful Hawaiian shirt.

Safe travels my love.

No service by request. In lieu of flowers, please donate The Canadian Cancer Society.


  • No service by request


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Janis Madsen

August 4, 2020

Dear Gail and Family.

My heart goes out to you all at this time of loss.

I remember Steve and your kindness when I needed a place to stay, and you both graciously let us house sit your home for 6 months. Steve was especially proud of your home and the bodega where all your books were stored. No wonder his love of books resulted in his authorship.

Steve was your soulmate and you spent such precious, unforgettable times travelling together. I know those memories and more will carry you through the difficult times ahead.

All my heartfelt condolences and love,

Marg Harris

August 4, 2020

My heart is hurting for you, Gail. I'm sorry I never had the chance to meet this amazing man of yours, but whenever I think of you, I remember how much love you had in in your voice and in your eyes, as you shared stories of Steve. I am thinking of you and your family at this very sad time.
Bless you all.

Ingrid Riedel

August 2, 2020

This is to express my shock and deep sadness at the news that your husband, dear Gail, is no longer by your side.
I remember watching a sunset with Steve some time ago, on top of King George Terrace one evening, at which time we discovered when we talked about the beauty of nature all around us, that you, Gail, are a friend of mine.
May you find comfort in knowing, we, your many friends, share your grief and sense of loss. You will be sustained by the many wonderful memories of your happy years with Steve.
With love,
Ingrid Riedel


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