James BOWER

BOWER James Edward ("Ted") April 17, 1933 – October 9, 2008 Bower, James Edward ("Ted") died of cancer in Calgary at the Agape Hospice on October 9th, 2008 in his 75th year. Ted is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Bickell), his sons and daughters-in-law, Norman, Cameron (Penny), Kingsley (Maryanne) and Scott (Rebecca), his grandchildren Graham, Beth, Benjamin, Kirsten and Erin, his sister Catherine (Mel) and brother Richard (Joanne). He is predeceased by his parents Iva (1990) and Norman (2002), brother Allan (1996), sister Norma Jean (1948), and brother John ("Jack") Clare (1994). Ted was born in Red Deer on April 17, 1933, the first child to Norman and Iva Bower of Sunnybrook Farm. Ted attended schools in Red Deer and the University of Alberta in Edmonton, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957. In 1956, Ted married Dorothy. Ted began his career at the Edmonton Journal, working first as a reporter, then as an editor and ultimately as a member of the Journal Editorial Board. In 1967, Ted became the managing editor of the Red Deer Advocate and moved to Red Deer, living near the family farm. In 1978, Ted joined Imperial Oil Limited in Calgary as a speechwriter and senior communications advisor where he worked until retirement (1991). Public service was important to Ted; the highlight of this work was as a member of the three-person panel of the Kirby Board of Review for the Provincial Courts in Alberta (1978). Ted was a founding member of the Alberta Press Council (1972). In the 1980's and 1990's, Ted assisted his father Norman in distributing family bequests to Red Deer civic projects. In retirement, Ted continued his public service, teaching courses in media relations at Mount Royal College, judging the oil week annual report awards, and serving as vice-president of the Society of Bowness Residents. In 2005, Ted was awarded an Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition for his contributions "to the life, growth and prosperity of the province." Ted was a skilled and knowledgeable gardener, and transformed his yards into showplaces. He enjoyed a good newspaper, CBC radio and the Metropolitan Opera broadcast. Ted loved the mountains and could always be counted on to know the names of all the flowers. He took great delight in spotting the season's first crocus, lady slipper or glacier lily. To honour Ted's wishes, there will be no funeral. The family is hosting a reception at CALGARY CREMATORIUM CHAPEL, 3219 – 4 Street N.W. (within the valley of Queen's Park Cemetery), Calgary, AB. on Friday, October 17, 2008 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The family would like to thank the remarkable caregivers of the Agape Hospice. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agape Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588. To email expressions of sympathy: ccl@hffs.com, subject heading: Ted Bower. HERITAGE FUNERAL SERVICES "Calgary Crematorium Chapel" Telephone: (403) 299-0111