It is with great sadness that the Bowen family announce the passing of Gerry, while at his residence at the Perley Rideau Veterans Center in Ottawa on May 19, 2020. Gerry shared his life with two remarkable wives: Jean West and Helen Rapp. Taking into consideration the ongoing community health pandemic and Gerry’s wishes, a funeral service will not be held.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Gerry’s life and his many accomplishments will be held when both appropriate and safe to do so. The details of the Service will be provided closer to the selected date in a comprehensive obituary in all likelihood later in the summer or early fall of this year. We look forward to welcoming his many friends and relatives and those associated to his extended military family, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian War Museum, Parks Canada and other community programs that Gerry dedicated his service to. At that time, a fund will be established to receive donations in Gerry’s memory for the Perley Rideau Veterans Center (veterans wing).
A very special thank you from the Bowen and Rapp family to all of the dedicated professionals who work at the Rideau Perley Veterans Center. Their dedication to Gerry in these last days was extraordinary to say the least and the kindness, compassion and friendship they gave him over the past seven years was wonderful. Regardless of where they worked within the Perley, staff from nursing, chaplaincy, cafeteria, food services, maintenance, administration, and technical support all collectively made our father’s experience at the Perley truly something special.
Until such time as the Memorial Service takes place, if you wish to leave a message for the family you may do so by text message at 613-809-0610.
Hope to see all of you this fall. Please stay safe……it is what Gerry would have wanted more than anything else.