Obituary of Sandy Bowen
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BOWEN, Gerald “Sandy” A. Pictou A SOLDIER DIED TODAY A resident of Pictou, Sandy passed away at age 76 on Monday March 27, 2023 in the company of loved ones. He was a son of the late Daniel & Mildred (Hayman) Bowen. At the age of 17, he embarked on his life of adventure when he joined the military. In his first years of service he joined the Canadian Guards and was part of the parliamentary honour guard. He next served as a proud member of the elite Canadian Airborne Regiment and then he served in the Princess Patricia Light Infantry (PPCLI) until retirement at the rank of sergeant in 1985. As part of his service he saw active duty in the Montreal FLQ Crisis of 1970 and tours during the conflict in Cyprus of 1974. During his career Sandy completed specialized courses and training in locations throughout the world. As one family member stated “Uncle Sandy was a badass!” After his retirement, he continued his exploits by taking to the ‘high seas’ as a lobster fisherman with his brother, Stan and tuna fishing with Jackie Bronson. At home, Sandy was quite a character. Although he loved his solitude, he always welcomed visitors. He was direct to a fault and you knew where you stood with him. He was not shy with opinions or curse words as he shared those with abundance. This trait was summed up perfectly when he was given the nickname of “Uncle Sandpaper – abrasive, but loveable”. He loved his treats and sweets were always given a good home. He enjoyed passing time with jigsaw puzzles and loved to watch sports, namely car racing, hockey and golf. Sandy was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Carol Ann (Martell); a brother, Keith Bowen and a sister in infancy, Harriet Bowen. He is survived by brothers, Dan (Edna) Bowen, Stanley (Linda) Bowen, both of Pictou; Jack (Steffany) Bowen of Edmonton, AB; sisters, Janet Corbett, Judy (Ron) Cormier, Joanne Bowen, all of Pictou; and Brenda (John) McKenna of Antigonish. Cremation has taken place. To honour his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private internment will take place at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.