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
November 19, 2020, 9:04 am
Reg was an active member of 427 (London) Wing having served in a number of executive positions over the years. Reg was an excellent leader and a down to earth human being. We mourn his lost and offer condolence to his wife Jackie and his family.
November 20, 2020, 9:05 pm
always enjoyed talking with Reg at Friday lunches and meetings at 427 Wing. I will miss the barbs we threw at each other and his stories of the air force. My condolences,
November 21, 2020, 11:54 am
Saddened to hear of your loss. I remember him fondly, all the times I visited your Greenwood home, and even when Tim and I got to watch Mr. Lownie do his practice teaching at Dwight Ross Junor High.
I wish you all well.
Derek Fudge, Ottawa
November 21, 2020, 12:46 pm
I am saddened to hear about the passing of Reg. I had the privilege of working with Reg in the 80s and 90s when he worked at NSGEU and I worked at NSGEU’s national union NUPGE. I will remember Reg for his gentle soul, his big kind heart and his pleasant and reassuring personality. He was a real decent human being for sure. R.I.P my friend. My condolences to his family
Eileen and Dennis Plyley
November 21, 2020, 7:09 pm
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Reg. He was truly a gentleman and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. I worked with him on FSNA, National Association of Federal Retirees. He was always congenial to all of the people who attended meetings and always had a pleasant word for all. It was a privilege and an honour to work with him and we will miss his smile and humour. Our deepest sympathy go to Jacquie, his children and their families. May the memories of time spent with such a special man give you comfort and peace as you mourn his passing. Rest in Peace my friend! Eileen and Dennis Plyley
Sharon Desserud (Blizzard)
November 18, 2020, 8:28 am
Stephen, Timothy, John and Susan and families
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I pray your amazing memories will ease the pain especially in the coming difficult days. Thinking of you and your families.
November 18, 2020, 1:16 pm
My mother, Joyce Taylor, was Reg’s cousin. She enjoyed spending time with her relatives and she was thrilled when Reg, Joan and the three boys arrived in Edmonton. Our families met often and enjoyed many a dinner together. We were all disappointed when the Lownies were transferred.
I remember Reg as a joyous man and the last time I saw him, at my brother Bob’s ranch in Saskatchewan, he was still a man that genuinely enjoyed people.
My condolences to Steven, Tim, John, Susan and Jaqueline.
Bonnie & Carl Miller
November 16, 2020, 8:52 pm
Sending our deepest sympathies in passing of our Uncle Reg to Jacquie, Steve, Tim, John and Susan all the families. We have treasured memories of family events and of a kind, generous, gentle man. We loved his sense of humour and dry wit and how he loved his family. He will be remembered in our hearts. Bonnie & Carl, Mary, John and families.
Jack and Joan Clark
November 17, 2020, 5:16 pm
Thinking of you at this difficult time and offering our most sincere sympathies to Jacquie and families. May your many memories of time spent with Reg bring you comfort. Reg will be missed by all who knew him. “ We will remember”
Vicki Van Linden
November 16, 2020, 5:18 pm
My sincerest sympathies to Jacqueline and other family members of Reginald Lownie. It is so sad to learn of his passing. I met Reg through my friend Jacqueline and admired his warm and gentlemanly nature. He was always interesting to talk with and his active, intelligent mind shone through. I agree with his obituary that I always found him to be kind and compassionate.
My sympathies to Reg’s children; Stephen, Timothy, John and Susan. As well, my condolences to his grandchildren, his step-children and their families, and all of his friends. Reg’s life was truly well-lived and he leaves behind many people who are the better for having known him.
November 17, 2020, 10:07 am
My deep condolonces to Jacquie and family for the loss of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I hope that the memory of his kindness, intelligence, humour and love for you will sustain you through your loss at this time.
Michael & Hedy Ruohoniemi
November 17, 2020, 11:08 pm
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Lownie (always Mr. Lownie to Mike). He was a wonderful father and mentor, and with such a wicked sense of humour. We hope that you will be comforted by the thought of how much he brightened lives.
November 18, 2020, 9:23 am
Dear Steve - my sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you, Penny and your entire family. May your memories help you get through this most difficult time - with love, Nan.
November 18, 2020, 7:24 am
On behalf of the London Branch of the National Association of Federal Retirees please accept our condolences on the passing of Reg. Reg served as Branch President for several terms and grew the Branch to almost 1700 members under his leadership. Reg was a leader in fighting for retiree pension security and the membership of London Branch will miss his warm and friendly personality.
November 18, 2020, 8:07 am
From Reginald Lownie’s Trinidad Family – his seven nephews.
Uncle Reg has always been part of our family, and it’s hard to say goodbye to our own Mother’s little brother after all of these good years of knowing him and seeing him when we could, even though we lived so far away.
If there was ever a man that always had a smile on his face and something good to say, that would be our Uncle Reg. Funny, endearing, warm, good hearted.
Although we could not see him every day, we all feel that he had a profound influence on our lives, just knowing that he was there in Canada, living in Halifax or Edmonton or London. Uncle Reg was always there, in our minds and hearts, with a laugh and a smile. And he always will be.
We will miss him terribly, and we hope that his sons, his daughter and Jacqui and grandchildren, and daughters-in-law will take strength from the knowledge that Uncle Reg was well-loved by many people including his Trinidad family.