Mr. Noah Murray Bowman
November 23, 1928 – February 1, 2020
BOWMAN, Noah Murray Noah Murray Bowman, aged 91 died peacefully in his home on February 1, 2020. Noah was born November 23, 1928, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the son of Samuel and Christina (Murray) Bowman. Noah attended Greenway and Daniel Mac schools in Winnipeg and was active in both hockey and baseball during his youth. He went on to attend United College/University of Winnipeg graduating with a BA. He later returned to university (after winning a sum at Assiniboia Downs) to get his teaching credentials. Noah did not pursue a career in teaching after university but instead had a lengthy career in the insurance field mostly for Great West Life Assurance Company where he held various management positions in Winnipeg and Vancouver. In 1951 he married his sweetheart, Maggie and they shared a wonderful 66 years together. They remained in Winnipeg for 20 years raising their family and then moved to Vancouver in the 70’s. Noah’s talents were many, but in particular he had a calm manner and was always willing to help family and friends find clear solutions to their challenges. He had a dry sense of humour and a love of literature and the performing arts. He enjoyed cooking h i s special recipes and appreciated a fine wine. Noah especially loved time spent with his family. Above all Noah and Maggie were a tour-de-force team when it came to their children and growing family. They were also known for their generosity to many charitable organizations including “adopting” disadvantaged children in foreign countries. In his retirement, Noah enjoyed playing tennis into his 80’s and following hockey and other sports. He and Maggie spent many winters vacationing in Palm Springs and Hawaii as well as travels to Europe and other parts of Canada with friends and family. During his retirement, Noah continued consulting in retirement benefits and was able to help so many people to plan and make wise choices for their retirement years. Noah is predeceased by his beloved wife Maggie (October 13, 2017). He is survived by his children Nancy Stevens (Geoff), Claire Warszycki (Vince), Samuel Bowman (Julie) and Peter Bowman (Donna); 10 grandchildren, Peter, Kathryn, Mark, Benjamin, Noah, Will, Lindsay, Robyn, Taylor & Samantha; five great-grandchildren, Emilee, Oliver, Wyn, Oakley and Harrison, and nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of Noah can be made to the BC Children’s Hospital.
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Mr. Noah Murray Bowman
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February 7, 2020
Saddened to hear of the passing of Noah, he was so kind and generous. I fondly remember my visit to Sardis in the summer of 81 during my cross Canada bicycle trip. My Dad (Ed) had given Noah a heads up, expect Todd on his bike to pass through early June. I remember Noah's surprised expression as I rode up a week late, he'd been expecting me on a motorcycle. Meeting Maggie, Sam, Julie, Peter and "Fed" was followed immediately with an offer of a shower(greatly appreciated... by all), memories of Maggie's cooking and a comfortable bed, the warmest of hospitality, never forgotten. Times like this are hard, but take solace in knowing Noah and Maggie are together again.
My sincere condolences.
February 7, 2020
Dear Claire and Siblings,
Received a call from cousin Ginny. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad.
I lay in bed last night thinking of times spent with the Bowmans in the early years
and there were many of them.
Funny, the things one remembers, like Cis teaching me how to tell the time.
Excursions to Shady Beach for picnics. On one of them, your Dad and I were
horsing around in the back of the car and he put a deep cut in my leg with the edge of his
Sissman Scamper. The scar is still there, sort of a badge of honour.
I remember going to watch Noah play hockey at the Olympic rink. A big deal,
as I was playing Parks Board at the time on those Elementary School yard rinks
with no boards. Noah played with Kenny Little for the West End Athletics I think it was.
They had a good goalie, Roy McMeekin ( how did I remember that)
who was prone to crying if he let one in.
Noah built a kayak in the back yard all by himself in his early years, quite an achievement.
Your grandfather, perhaps not to be outdone, built a craft there as well.
I just idolized Noah who was like a big brother to me during those formative years and think I am a better person for it.
We saw your mom and dad off and on a number of times when we came out here but that dropped off.
No wonder when you look at that list of progeny they had to keep tabs on.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that our moms would talk to each other on the phone
almost every day. Dear friends don’t get much dearer than they were.
I remember it being a really difficult time for “Millie" when Cis died.
There were more phone group members; Aunt Myrt, Aunt Kay, Aunt Sid (away during the war)
And I think Barbara Bater was a member as well.
What a group.
I remember Sam’s booming voice in our living room as he and Alex solved the problems of the world.
No television so lots of conversation.
Rambling on here. You are all very much in our thoughts. Please accept our sympathy.
May Noah rest in peace.