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Service

A private family service will be held at Harris Funeral Home in London on Wednesday November 18th, 2020 with the Rev. David Carrothers officiating.

Donations

In lieu of flowers, donations to 427 (London) Air Force Wing would be appreciated (427wing.com). Click on Donations at right side of this page to place a Memorial Donation. By mail send your donation to 427 (London) Wing, 2155 Crumlin Side Rd., London, Ontario N5V 3Z9

 

Reginald Lownie

Death Notice

LOWNIE, Reginald James - Peacefully at University Hospital, London Ontario in his 87th year. Reg was born July 13th, 1934 in Galt Ontario and died November 13th, 2020. Growing up with his sister Winnifred’s support he attended Galt Collegiate and St Michael’s College in Toronto. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1957, serving as radio officer in Chibougamau, Quebec, and then as flight navigator in the transport squadron operating the C-130 Hercules at CFB Edmonton. Captain Lownie and his family moved to Greenwood Nova Scotia in 1972 where he continued as navigator and tactical coordinator in anti-submarine warfare.

Reg had a lifelong devotion to learning and education. He completed his BA and BEd at the University of Alberta. After his years of military service, he completed his MA at Acadia University.
He was a teacher at West Kings High School in Auburn NS, and later a research officer with the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union in Halifax until 1997.

Reg married Joan Giovannazzo in 1958. Together they raised four children. He was predeceased by Joan in 1997, his sisters Maureen and then Winnifred (2020), and his son-in-law John Read (2011). He is survived by his beloved wife Jacqueline, with whom he spent twenty exciting and wonderful years, and by his children Stephen (Penny Campbell-Lownie) of Halifax, Timothy (Matilde Leon-Ponte) of Toronto, John (Ellen Yamanaka) of London, and Susan of Halifax. He is also survived by grandchildren Anne, Clara, Theodore, Ian, Allison, Madeline, Rebecca, Samuel, Juliet, and Daniela, and is lovingly remembered by his stepchildren Andrew Baird and Natalie Baird (Ian) and their children Mackenzie Read, Adam and Ashley.

Reg epitomized one of the secrets of life, to always be kind. Combined with a remarkable sense of humour, he always made the best of what he had, and the most of each moment. He was an amazing husband and father, encouraging his children to pursue extracurricular activities he’d not been able to enjoy during his own childhood. He also inspired a love of reading in his children and in those around him. During retirement he remained connected with the service and was very active with the RCAF 427 (London) Air Force Wing.

A private family service will be held at Harris Funeral Home in London on Wednesday November 18th, 2020 with the Rev. David Carrothers officiating. To receive a Zoom invitation or view the service online later, please contact Harris Funeral Home: 519-433-7253 or email: info@HarrisFuneralHome.ca

Reg’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Gerard Shoemaker, Dr. Tariq Nizami, Dr. Michael Borrie, Dr. John Gonder and Dr. Drew Shepherd (SW LHIN) for their excellent care. Special thanks also to Dr. Marilyn Phung, and to 8IP bedside nurses Claudia, Connie, Suzanne, Christine, Wesley, Ellen, Andrea and charge nurse Lani for their in-hospital care. In lieu of flowers, donations to 427 (London) Air Force Wing would be appreciated (427wing.com). Memories and condolences may be shared with Reg’s family at www.harrisfuneralhome.ca