Daniel Laurence Rowe February 1, 1950 to February 1, 2016 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one so loving, kind and generous and loved by us all.
Dan was born in Port Alberni and baptized in 1954, graduated from A.D.S.S. in 1968. He later attended the University of Victoria, earning a masters degree in Cultural Anthropology. He attended the University of Toronto for Museum Studies. Dan worked for several years in Vancouver in a group home for disabled adults. He had a heart for people. On moving back to the Island, he worked with a long-time friend from high school, Vaughn Chase, at Chase and Warren Winery. Dan worked at the winery for eight years in several capacities but his favourite job was pruning and training the grapevines, watching the fruit develop and helping in the harvest. He always had a love of the outdoors. Dan retired early due to failing health but was still able to walk the valley trails as he had with his Dad while growing up. He was accompanied on his walks by his brother-in-law and friend, Ken Hoffman, and his dog Roxy. Dan never lost his love of learning often to be seen with a book or newspaper nearby or a Sudoku puzzle ongoing.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who, in various ways, offer their prayers and condolences to our family. Thank you for sharing your memories of Dan with us.
Our thanks and gratitude to Dr. H. Nell, Dr. O’Dwyer, Dr. Fey and the hospital nursing staff for their exceptional care of Dan. Our thanks also to the Chapel of Memories staff for their patience and expertise in answering our questions and making cremation and interment arrangements.
Dan’s father Arthur died in 2008 and Dan leaves behind, to lovingly remember him, his mother Mary; sister Sandra (Roland Carriere); nephew Nicholas Carriere; niece Barbara (Rick Lemire) and her sons Joshua and Matthew; sister Arlene (Ken Hoffman); nephew Clayton and many friends who will miss him. Memory is a gift from God which death cannot destroy.