Gowen, Charles “Chuck”
Passed away April 10 at George Derby Care Center in Burnaby after a period of declining health, Charles “Chuck” Gowen, a longtime Chilliwack resident. Born in Vancouver in 1923, after a time spent working in the North, Chuck settled in the Chilliwack area in the late 40’s. An entrepreneurial man, Chuck was involved in a number of businesses in town, the most notable, for older Chilliwack residents, the Park Royalite Auto Service Station and John Deere Farm Agency
that dominated Cottonwood Corners from the mid-50’s to the later-60’s.
In 1950 he met recently widowed Geraldine Abernethy and that September they were married and together with her
two sons, Paul and Brent, they began a new life. In 1954, a son, Scott was born and the family of five was now complete. Predeceased by his long love, Geraldine in 2009 and a grandson Philip in 2014, he leaves behind his 3 sons, daughter-in-law Carol (Brent), 4 grandchildren: Joram, Joe, Graeme (Gina), and Lauren and 4 great-grandchildren: Joey, Jayden, Emile, and Saul. The family would especially like to extend gratitude to Dr. Basson, the staff at Lynwood Residence, the loving and attentive Home Support workers from Fraser Health in Chilliwack, and all of the wonderful staff from George Derby Care Centre in Burnaby.
There will be no formal service but a gathering of friends and family will be held at an unscheduled date.