BOWERMAN, WalterVern was born in Bancroft, Ontario on April 16th, 1928 and passed suddenly on March 19th, 2014 at the age of 85 years, in Lively, Ontario.  He is predeceased by his sisters Merine Bowerman, Yvonne McDonald, his mother Lorna Bowerman and is survived by his wife June Mary Bowerman, his daughter Lois Vincent (Jacques); his sons Alan Bowerman (Myra), Dr. Brian Bowerman (Catherine); grandchildren Danielle Vincent (Justin Jim), Glyn Bowerman, Julie Vincent, Amy (nee Bowerman) Savile (Chad), David Vincent (Layna Lepine), Natalie Vincent, Gavin Bowerman, Ben Vincent, Alana Bowerman, Ethan Bowerman; great-grandchildren Ava and Luka; brother Lorne Bowerman (Constance) and sisters June Reid (Carl) and Vivian Rose (Doug).  He grew up on a small farm in Eastern Ontario and at a young age found himself to be “man of the house” during the depression.  He trained as a chemical engineer at the University of Toronto and University of Michigan before going on to work at Kodak, DuPont, Cryovac and then, in a “knight’s move” went to the Manitoba Government – initially working with research and development with new patents and finally in alternate energies research and development for the Province until his retirement in 1988.  On retiring he travelled extensively and was a snow bird in Florida for several years and once in Spain.  Everywhere Vern went he was immediately popular because he would always pitch in.  He enjoyed fishing and smoking trout for his trailer park in Newcastle. He and June would run line dancing, “horse racing”, bridge and various other events for their friends and community.  You could never take the country from Vern – he loved his garden and his fishing pole.  In Florida was a “destination” for his grandchildren as they were growing up.  He finally settled in Lively when traveling became more difficult to be close to family and near his roots.  He and June remained the terror of the slot machines with their travels to Michigan and Rama.  He was happily married for just short of 60 years.  The world has lost a great engineer – we will have to find someone else to quietly make sure everything is still running properly!  There will be no visitation.  Interment to follow in Belleville, Ontario this summer.  Funeral arrangements entrusted to the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, Sudbury.

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