John Fowlis

Obituary of John McQueen Fowlis

1931 – 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Fowlis of Calgary, AB, on Monday, October 4, 2021 after a brief illness, with family by his side.

John will be lovingly remembered by his partner Edie Lee and by his children, William (Leslie), Robert, Donald (Rhesa), and Linda (James); his grandchildren, David (Jesse), Allen, Janelle Borbely (Brendan), and Andrew (Zina), and great-grandchildren, Mia and James. John is also survived by his brother Allen (Ruth) and several extended family members. He will be missed by Edie’s children, Shawn Belecki (Annie), Brent Belecki (Kelly Martin), and Jennifer Devji (Arfan) and ten grandchildren; as well as Anna Black and James Black (Lesa.) John was predeceased by his first wife, Arlene Fowlis. 

John received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1953 and was known for his expertise in Municipal Government auditing. He was a Partner at KPMG for many years. He followed his KPMG days with a second career focused on horse racing and rodeo and was Race Manager at Stampede Park and President of the HBPA.

John was a wonderful father and a beloved friend to many people in his life. He was actively involved in his Church and Rotary and was an accomplished curler and an avid golfer. John loved going to the horse races, owning horses, and spending time in his garden. He was an accomplished pianist and appreciated fine art. He also loved travelling to new places, as well as spending time in Scottsdale, Arizona. He will be remembered as a person who lived every day of his 90 years positively and with enthusiasm. 

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at McInnis & Holloway (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join John’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Those attending will be asked to confirm one of the following, (A) COVID vaccination (date requested), OR (B) a negative COVID test (within 72 hours), OR (C) Medical exemption AND valid government identification (with name & date of birth) OR (D) Under 12 years of age. Condolences, memories and photos can also be shared and viewed here.

Our thanks go to the health care providers at the Foothills Hospital and the Rosedale Hospice for their dedicated care of John during his final days. In lieu of flowers, friends may, if they wish, make a donation in memory of John to a charity of their choice.

In living memory of John Fowlis, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

John's memorial card can be viewed using this link

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