Lowes, Vernon 'Glenn'

How does one honour in a few paragraphs the larger than life character of Glenn? Setting an example for all of a life well led, he was a champion. Glenn was born to Mona Pearl (nee Morrison) and Vernon Henry Lowes in Peterborough on April 26, 1932 and passed away peacefully at Chapman House Hospice in Owen Sound on May 4, 2021 with his daughter, Kelly by his side.

An adventurer, explorer, historian, skier, sailor, nature lover, gardener, dancer, canoeist, optimist, camper and mentor to many; Glenn was all these things and more. Growing up in Ottawa, he spent summers at Hogs Back perfecting his dives and more importantly his tan, sailing on the Ottawa River in the Valhalla and winters as a Night Rider at Camp Fortune. He was inspired and mentored by many Canadian historical figures including Spt. Henry Larsen, Milt Ward and Alexa Stirling Fraser.  With 20 dollars in his pocket, Glenn made his way West; he worked for Milt Ward, an Alberta pioneer at his ranch in Arrowood, Alberta.  He also worked as a YMCA counselor at Camp Chief Hector in Kananaskis on the Stoney First Nation Reserve.  Returning to Ottawa, he completed his education at Glebe Collegiate Institute and set forth with the Canadian Coast Guard on the icebreaker D’Iberville under the leadership of Superintendent Henry Larsen of the RCMP.  Spt. Larsen was the first to navigate the Northwest Passage in both directions in the 1940’s in the St. Roch which is now housed in the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  Glenn kept a journal of these experiences and wrote eloquently of his admiration of these leaders who so impressed and inspired him.  During this time period he also gained an insight and respect for the Inuit and First Nations who he met and worked with during his travels.  These early experiences had a profound effect on his life and the memories did not fade.

Setting into a career of leasing and financing, Glenn worked as the head of the Canadian division of Transamerica Corporation before starting his own company Candev Financial Services. A proud Canadian, he decorated his offices in Toronto, Montreal, London and Vancouver with Inuit, First Nations and Canadian art. He continued working from his home office in the basement into his 70’s booking “big deals” while in his pajamas. Work was also about relationships and Glenn fostered lifelong friendships and trained many in honest, ethical business practices.

It was apparent to all who knew Glenn that family came first and foremost in his life. He got engaged under the flagpole at the Britannia Yacht Club to his one and only love, Kim (nee Harriet Lowrey). Together they partnered to create a family and raised six children, who skied at Skyloft, Craigleith, Banff and thoughout BC, camped in Cape Cod in the Rambler, sailed, canoed, and hiked. Inspiring his children and grandchildren to spend time outdoors, he loved strolling  through the conservation area behind his home and sitting by an outdoor fire. He showed the benefits of getting involved in the community. He was instrumental in the development of Skyloft Ski Club and the Georgian Bay Sailing Regatta. Work hard play hard was his motto.

Glenn was ahead of his time in his approach to family life. The gift of his time was given to his children by encouraging each one uniquely, involved in their lives, knew their friends, played with them, listened to them, heard them and they never doubted that they were loved. Glenn and Kim set an example of honesty, love, respect and fun for all to follow. Lucky were we to have such a man in our lives. Predeceased five years ago by his wife, Kim; his sister, Patricia and his brother Bobby. He is survived by his children; Kim, Kelly, Scott (Shelley) and Sean (Andrea) and by his grandchildren; Isaac (Kelsey), Julian, Lex, Shea, Kahn, Braun, Scarlett, Halsey, Eliza and Hannah and by his great grandchildren; Weston, Willow, Hezekiah, Aniah and Zinnia. Also survived by his brother Donald and sister, Margaret. Thanks to Kelly for her loving care of Glenn during the past 5 years and to the staff at Chapman House. Glenn was a fun loving man to the end and everyday included laughter. Think of him with a smile and go get yourself a Chapman ice cream treat to toast him. To end, a quote from Glenn, cited from his notes honoring his wife Kim; “Love never dies.”

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date and what a celebration it will be!

A your expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or Chapman House Hospice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.  www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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A celebration of his life will be held at a later date and what a celebration it will be!

Donations: Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or Chapman House Hospice
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Jody Bumstead
    Friday, May 21, 2021

    I have so many amazing memories and times spent growing up next to Glenn in Clarksburg. He was truly an amazing man and always looked out for me over the years. He will be missed. Sending love to Glenn’s family during this difficult time.

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  2. Sue Bumstead
    Friday, May 21, 2021

    A wonderful, smart and humorous man! He will be missed by many. A beautiful obituary, well written to describe Glenn well. Condolences to the family.

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  3. Catherine Blake
    Friday, May 21, 2021

    An amazing man with an amazing legacy. Class act through and through. We sure enjoyed his company every time he came to Kimberley. So many laughs, great ski runs, and a few bevies made for unforgettable memories. Will be forever missed but not forgotten. Hugs to all family members, especially Kelly who so unselfishly cared for Glen his final years with unconditional love and patience. The Blakes (Gordie and Catherine)

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  4. Pam Scott
    Saturday, May 22, 2021

    Glenn was one special character. He always had a warm smile for you. He delighted in showing you his Narwhale tusk and sharing stories of his northern adventures to running his wonderful Christmas train. I feel very fortunate to have spent time in Glenn’s company.
    Sending my sincere condolences to Glenn’s family.

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  5. Mark Ridgewell
    Saturday, May 22, 2021

    A life long friend of my fathers …. I had the pleasure of enjoying their love of the outdoors and nature. My condolences to the family

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    1. Joy Ridgewell
      Saturday, May 22, 2021

      Glenn and Roy were more than friends. They were like brothers and shared some great experiences in the outdoors with constant laughter. Roy and I enjoyed the friendship of Kim and Glenn for many years. My deepest sympathy to all the Lowes family. Love Joy

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  6. Stemer Macleod
    Saturday, May 22, 2021

    Beautiful
    Our granddaughter Zinna certainly can be proud of his accolades.
    Condolences from the east coast

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  7. Mary Anne Moser
    Saturday, May 22, 2021

    Even I, as a friend of his daughters, felt Glenn’s tremendous warmth and joie de vivre. His energy and investment in community gatherings was terrifically exciting for an awkward tween and you couldn’t help but feel you were at the best party in the universe when you were in his company. What a profound and positive influence this man has had as a father, grandfather, great grandfather, community member and Canadian. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

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  8. Bob and Kathy Ainsworth
    Saturday, May 22, 2021

    A very special friend for over 70 years.Always positive and full of life. An inspiration to anyone who wanted to succeed. The obituary is wonderful. Thank you and God Bless!
    Bob & Kathy Ainsworth.

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  9. Mary Ellen Bond
    Sunday, May 23, 2021

    Glenn’s obituary describes so well the life full of love, adventure and accomplishment lived by this exceptional man. From times spent in Kimberley, BC, I remember Glenn as the kind and generous father of my good friend, Kim. Our heartfelt condolences to the whole family.
    Mary Ellen Bond & Daryl Powell

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  10. Arlene Graham and family
    Monday, May 24, 2021

    We’re so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Glenn. He was such a character, always smiling and happy. He and Aunt Harriet were very special to us. Our hearts and prayers go out to Kelly, Kim, Sean and Scott, and all the family.

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  11. Bill and Eileen Hill
    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

    What a wonderful obituary. I was so blessed to have known Glenn and sharing some of his experiences. Sailing on the Ottawa, Lake Ontario, Georgian Bay and bringing a boat back from Nova Scotia. Skiing, Camp Fortune, Sky Loft, Kimberley and Whistler.Working together for the same Company for 13 years and living together for a year in Toronto.
    Our two families shared many good times together especially the 18 months in Markham. These will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences to the whole Lowes Family.

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  12. Zachary Couch
    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    What an amazing adventure he lived! I’ll always remember him presenting me with the Morrison Clan Trophy for winning the croquet tournament at the family reunion when I was a wee lad. I was so proud to show it to Nan. That trophy sat on my dresser for many a year. Godspeed, Glenn.

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  13. Max and Fern Lamptey
    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    To have known Glenn was a privilege and an honour. His effervescent personality, perpetual smile, amazing “stories”, quick wit, empathetic ear, and shared wisdom always made his company a pleasure and a treasure. Our children, lacking grandparents, always called him “Grandpa L” and we couldn’t ask for a better example for them to emulate.
    Our sincere condolences to all the family at this sad and difficult time. May you find solace in his legacy – a life well lived.

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  14. David & Susan Hetherington
    Thursday, May 27, 2021

    Have fond memories of Glen. He will be missed. Sending our condolences to all the family.

    David & Susan Hetherington

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  15. Wendy Jones
    Sunday, May 30, 2021

    I am very sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing. Indeed I was not aware of Kim’s passing. They were very good friends of my parents, Evan and Shirley Jones but sadly lost touch sometime after my fathers death. The four had many happy times together and I remember your parents with fondness.
    My sincere condolences at this difficult time.
    Wendy Jones

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  16. Tim Kneeshaw
    Sunday, May 30, 2021

    My family lived next door to the Lowes’ in Markham and I grew up with Sean as we were the same age. We were best friends into high school and I got to know Glenn and Kim well through those years. Glenn was a charismatic man, upbeat, liked to joke around and would also be a straight shooter who would call it the way it was. As a kid, the door to their house was always open to me with no need to knock. Through and after university I had great conversations with Glenn about business, politics and Canada. I still remember him laughing, “I’m just a boy from the Ottawa valley.” And Glenn sitting by the fire pit in the conservation area, those memories are still vivid. The last time I saw Glenn and Kim was 10 years ago when they came to a surprise 50th wedding anniversary party for my parents. Many great memories. My condolences to Sean, Scott, Kelly and Kim.

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  17. Mark Kneeshaw
    Monday, May 31, 2021

    Growing up next door, Glenn and all the Lowes’ were a big part of our lives. One Christmas when my brother Dan’s kids were small and visiting from Montreal; Glenn wore the Santa suit and came over, talking with his best Ottawa valley accent, giving out gifts. He made a point of giving me a special gift…a potato. My nephews rolled with laughter. I am sorry to hear he is gone, but I can still hear him now. He is missed. No one was quite like him. I had many conversations with him, one on one, over the years. He had a way of making you feel things were going to be ok.

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  18. Barb Wicks
    Thursday, June 3, 2021

    A wonderful tribute to a great man. My sympathy to Kim, Kelly, Scott, Sean, and all of your families.
    I treasure the longtime friendship with Kim and Glenn and know how much they are missed by all of you.
    Can’t think of them without remembering how they would break out with the “Valley Accent” whatever I had visited all my relatives in Killaloe. Kim, especially, had it down Pat. G’day to all!

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  19. Cathy Goss
    Friday, June 4, 2021

    What a beautiful description of an exceptional man! You were given the privilege of a loving father who cared deeply. His influence will be an inspiration to your thoughts and actions in a noble way. Glenn’s example shines forever! The moments that you shared and lovingly remember will enliven your spirit. Blessed and enriched!

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