April 29, 2019
It is with broken hearts and disbelief that we announce the loss of our beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Bruce Roy Fowler. On Monday April 29, 2019, at the age of 66, he succumbed to his struggle with mental illness.
Left to mourn are his wife JoAnn, sons Simon and Neil (Meagan), brothers Ralph (Sandy), and Doug (Leigh), brother-in-law Ralph Livingston (Pauline), sister-in- law Marilyn Livingston (Clay Hett), Aunty Shirley Brown, nieces, nephews, cousins and many treasured friends. Bruce is predeceased by his parents Winnie and Bill, and brother Ken.
Bruce had a big life. The youngest of four brothers, he spent his first three years on the family farm in Pemberton and then grew up in the desert town of Lillooet. Through his twenties he roamed nomadically in his camper van and in 1978 he landed in Enderby; his one true home. Here he built a house (or two), a family and a community on the Shuswap River.
A millwright by trade, Bruce could fix absolutely anything. But he was also an inventor, an artist, a chef, a mentor and he even ran a daycare. He loved everything about the outdoors: exploring the woods with his dog Sophie, growing his own grapes and garden, raising anything from emus to llamas, cross country skiing and cutting down a fresh tree each Christmas. Bruce had a quirky sense of humour that put many a smile on people’s faces and could even charm his way out of tricky situations.
Bruce’s family was everything to him. To JoAnn, his loving wife of 31 years, Bruce was her rock, her source of laughter, her adventure partner. Simon followed Bruce’s footsteps into the trades, lighting up the room with his electrical skills and his own quirky sense of humour. Neil adopted Bruce’s creative craftsmanship and love of fishing at a young age, never missing an opportunity to share his catch with his dad. To both boys, their dad was their Hero.
In the last few years, Bruce struggled with mental health. This illness took a toll on our whole family, and we are forever grateful to our friends, community and mental health care team who supported us through this time.
A celebration of Bruces life will be held on Friday May 10, 2019 at 2 pm at the Riverside Hall (3784 Trinity Valley Rd in Ashton Creek). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Mental Health Fund at https://vjhfoundation.org/ways-to-give/donate/ and select “Mental Health” from the drop down menu.
Online condolences may be sent to Bruce’s family through his obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com.
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