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It is with deep sorrow the family of Robin Bowes Sr. announce his passing on June 4, 2019.

Robin was born February 19, 1926 in Stony Creek, Ont. to Horace and Susanna (Meek) Bowes, who had only months earlier immigrated to Canada from England.

Robin spent his youth in Galt, Ont. At age 18, like the many other young men of that time, Robin enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces and their efforts during World War II. He was a proud member of Legion Br. 29.

After the war, Robin travelled Canada, eventually settling in Fort Frances where he worked many years in the logging industry. He was proud to be amongst the first to transition to the use of power chain saws, and was a tree lumberjack.

Robin ventured into entrepreneurship, owning Bowes Taxi, which he later sold to return to logging and employment with Boise Cascade at the Sorting Gap.

At age 48, Robin obtained his millwright trade certificate from George Brown College and continued his employment with Boise Cascade as a tradesman until his retirement.

Robin spent many years after his retirement “snow birding” with Grace during the winter months, then fishing, hunting, gardening and enjoying cabin life at Perch Lake during the spring to fall months.

Robin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Grace (Tate); their daughter, Dr. Brenda Mallory, and grandchildren, Katherine, Ting, Michelle, and Lauren; their son, Adrian (Gina) Bowes, and grandchildren Tina, Ryan, Andrea, and Anne Marie; their daughter, Carienne (Mark) Kerber, and grandchildren, Kristine and Casey, and great-granddaughter, Scarlett; and daughter, Celeste (Dean) Poffley, and grandchildren Connor, Evan, Mackenzie; and son, Robin Jr.

Robin was predeceased by his infant daughter, Jackie; parents Horace and Susanna; brothers, Horace Jr., Walter, and John Eric; and sister, Vera Rice.

Cremation has taken place and in honoring his wishes, a private family ceremony is planned.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.