“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” (Maya Angelou)
Dennis (Den) Gower, 75, of Huntsville Ontario. Died May 25th, 2019. Den was the son of Ivy and Alfred Gower, and loving husband of Jean Gower. With courage and dignity he succumbed to cancer after 2 years. He is survived by his wife Jean, his 2 daughters, Shawna and Denise (Bill). He was adored by Jean’s children, Michael (Laura-Jeanne), Shirley (Tec), Gary (Charlotte). Also survived by his sister Myrna (Cotterchio).
Den was a very skilled mechanic and was known as the guy who could fix anything and everything. He also worked at Kimberly Clark for many years.
Den’s passions were his family and many awesome friends. He loved his motorcycles, cars, his garage, and his many fishing trips to McCraney Lake. He was a skilled outdoorsman, and guide. With his good friends, he rode his bike from Huntsville to Western Canada to the U.S. south and everywhere in between.
Den loved getting together with family and friends and was always entertaining company and helping out someone. He really enjoyed his “meetings” in his garage with his buds. Wise and kind, he was a mentor.
He and Jean took many trips to Eastern Canada and especially loved PEI and Gaspe. Den’s passion for life and his friends and family was infectious.
In accordance with Den’s wishes, there will not be any service. Remember the many good times spent together. Donations in Den’s honour may be made to The Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville.
Chris and Joan Rines
Joan and I are so sad to hear of Denny’s passing. Denny was the Mechanic that I apprenticed under in the ’70s at Canadian Tire in Huntsville – back when it was still in Brendale Square. While that was a long time ago, I will always remember Denny for his sense of humour and his ability to find a solution to every problem.
By chance, last January, I met a close friend of Denny’s who put me back in contact with Denny – after some 40+ years. While Denny was declining at that time, even after all those years had passed, I thought that Denny had not changed a bit! We feel so fortunate to have been able to have met up with Denny once again and to have met Jean for the first time.
Our deepest condolences go out to Jean and Family.
Chris and Joan Rines
Denise and Shawna so sorry to hear of your father’s passing he was a great man to know .marilyn
Ted and Dawna
We will truly miss our dear friend.Many fond memories of our moose hunting days, shared meals and wonderful conversations. Life took us on different paths and we were blessed to reconnect again on PEI where we had the pleasure of meeting his wonderful wife Jean.The friendship and bond never changed and we looked forward to seeing Den, Jean and of course “Charlie” on their yearly trips to PEI.
We know what a great loss this is for you Jean and your mutual love for each other was always evident anytime we spent with you and Den.You made him so very happy.We love you and will always stay in touch.
Ted and Dawna
Many great memories with my cuz since a child .No words can express the void in my heart .My condolences goes out to Jean and the rest of the family and friends
Jean, Shawna & Denise My condolences at this very difficult time. I will always remember Denny’s smiling face whenever he comes to mind. We had a lot of fun hanging out together as kids, riding on the handle bars of his bike and many more happy memories.
I have many fond memories of Den: repairing and rebuilding Volvos togther; building projects for his house and my barn; accompanying Den hunting here and there; fishing trips to Maggie Lake and our cottage on Blue Chalk. Although life moved us in different directions in recent years, ours was a friendship of mutual support, in difficult times and in good ones. I’ll remember Den for his skilled mechanical mentorship, his always helpful, giving nature, sharing his love of the outdoors, and his warm welcome.
My condolences to Shawna and Denise. He sure loved his volvos and BMW bikes he will be missed.