ROWAT - pic croppedPassed away peacefully surrounded by family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the age of 76.  He is survived by his loving wife Nena (Washkevich) of 55 years. Dear father of David (Mindy) Pitcher, Michele Rowat (Tom Sheppard), Teresa Perfrement, Yvette Banninga, Shermaine (Brian) Primeau, and Carrie Valliant. Cherished grandfather of John (Dainah)MacLeod, Sarah Dewhirst, Jacob Dewhirst, John, Keith, Jason Banninga, Charlie Valliant, Tyson (Stephanie), Tiara (Daniel), Taylor (Shasta), Tania (Paul) and Teagan, and of 13 great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sisters Josephine Davis, Grace Blaskievich and Marie Davis, and by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Lester Rowat, mother Laura Rowat (Graham), stepfather Harry Allen, brothers Campbell, Doug, David, and Graham, and sisters Barbara, Alice and Donna.  John was a member of Local 663 Plumbers, Pipefitters & Welders Union.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. Cremation to follow.  Those who wish to make a donation in memory of John may do so to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, or the Kidney Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at

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