After chance local encounter, Chilliwack couple seeks specific man to donate their scooter to

If you’re a 63-year-old man who shops at Shoppers, you may be just who the McGowans are looking for

Mattie and Bud McGowan want to know just one thing: have you seen this man?

“I can’t really describe him, but he said he was 63. He had whiskers, and was an old guy something like me,” said Bud during a telephone interview.

The couple, who are both in their 80s, say they have been on the hunt for at least four weeks after a chance encounter in Shoppers Drug Mart in downtown Chilliwack.

“It’s been closer to a month (that I’ve) been going over there trying to find him,” Bud continued, “but I haven’t been able to.”

READ MORE: WATCH – Chilliwack firefighter reunites antique Rosedale equipment after public call for assistance

The man in question was filling a prescription the day they got to chatting, explained Bud, who says he noticed the man struggling a bit with his four-wheel walker that had a tray on the front that was holding his oxygen tank, which had lines running up into the man’s nose.

Mattie and Bud McGowan are looking for a certain man that Bud spoke with recently as they’d like to give him this scooter that they no longer need. (Jenna Hauck/The Progress)

“I said, ‘You need to buy one of these (motorized) carts.’”

The man then told Bud how he’d bought one off of Craigslist, but the batteries died and then the rear end went out of it.

After picking up their respective medications, the two men went on their ways, but Bud didn’t forget the man and his very apparent need, which Bud says he totally understands.

In his 85th year, Bud has a bad hip that’s about to be replaced, but still needs a scooter to maintain his independence. However, because of his scooter’s size and mobility issues, Bud needs to stretch his leg across the front end, which he says isn’t always the most comfortable for him.

So his children got together and bought their dad a new, bigger scooter that doesn’t require him to stretch his leg out. They wanted to sell his old model, but Bud says he had another idea.

“I right away thought of this fellow because he really needs it, but we can’t find him,” said Bud.

That’s how they ended up at offices of The Progress. After a month of visits to the drug store, the McGowans are hoping to spread a much wider net to locate the man from that fateful meeting because “(we) can’t find him no how!”

READ MORE: Snow Angels needed in Chilliwack following major winter blast

“It’s a Shoprider scooter, fairly new batteries in it, and it (works great),” said Bud. “I used to take it from our home and through the tunnel, under the train, and over to Safeway. I went all over with it before I got this other one, so it’s in good shape.”

But with Bud heading into hip replacement surgery soon, he says he’s really hoping to find this man as soon as possible, as he may be more limited during his recovery. And it would be “just wonderful” to find him before Christmas and bestow him with this gift, he added.

If you are the man in question, or believe you know the man the McGowans have been searching for, please contact Sarah Gawdin at The Chilliwack Progress, either by email or calling 604-702-5575, who will help facilitate a meeting.

“I can meet him over at the drug store again, whatever is best,” said Bud. But no matter what, they just really want to gift this gentleman with mobility this holiday season.


 

@SarahGawdin on Twitter
SarahGawdin on Instagram
Sarah.Gawdin@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Solving the puzzles at 4th Dimension Escape Rooms in Chilliwack

New downtown Chilliwack business features three different themed escape rooms

Sarah Wark beats Manitoba’s Tracy Fleury at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

An 8-5 win in a tie-breaker match sends Wark and Team B.C. into the eight team championship pool.

Another snowfall warning for Lower Mainland

Another 5-10 cm expected for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast

Saskia and Darrel kick off spring tour with Chilliwack concert

Stories of the Great Plains delivered in Gaelic, French and more

Wife remembers B.C. man killed in possible case of mistaken identity

Rex Gill was in Kamloops working to support his family after oilfield job dried up

New report calls for regulated heroin sales to curb B.C.’s overdose problem

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Millennial men least likely to have a family doctor: Statistics Canada

Report found more women have primary care physicians, compared with men

VIDEO: North Delta elementary school closed following stabbing that left cop, woman in serious condition

An off-duty police officer and a woman were injured outside of the school Wednesday afternoon

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

VIDEO: Woman, off-duty cop in serious condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

Most Read