Helen Gertrude Fowler

December 08, 1923 - February 21, 2018 

Helen Gertrude Fowler

December 08, 1923 - February 21, 2018 

Obituary for Helen Gertrude Fowler

Gentlewoman Helen Gertrude 'Babe' Fowler of Stratford, Ontario passed quietly, the 21st of February, 2018, to the eternity she welcomed. She was 94.
Born Dec 8, 1923, to Williamina Grant 'Mina' Tait and William Charles Brown, in Broadview, Saskatchewan she was the last daughter in a family of two sisters, Lynn 'Pearl', Jean 'Jenny', and one brother, Robert 'Burt'.
She lived and worked on her father's two hectare dairy farm and helped her mother with hosting many of the integrated semi-pro touring baseball teams of the era. Her parents' marital dissolution in 1938 brought her mother and two siblings to London, Ontario where she finished her schooling towards traditional feminine roles of the time.
She spent the war years as a secretary for the chief executives of Central Aircraft where she met and married Francis George 'Frank' Fowler of London, Ontario, a pilot for the RCAF, in March 1946.
The fulfillment of her business aspirations were suspended by her husband's career goals as a pilot for the RCAF and his desire to start a family. The military's promise to travel the world took her to many stations in Canada and Europe. Giving birth to three male children along the way never diminished her independant and free spirit she managed to instill within them.
Her first born, Peter Craig, born in 1951, is a retired motorcycle mechanic, married to his childhood sweetheart Heather. He has two children, Karmen and Jade with Kim Long, his first wife.
Her second child, Michael Francis was born in 1953 while stationed in England. Michael lives near Ottawa where he pursues his dream of expanding his horticultural business.
Her last child, Scott Daniel, an entrepreneur with several business and creative interests, was born in 1954 in Montreal. Formerly from Ottawa, he came to Stratford shortly after Frank died, 4th of March, 2005 to be closer to his mom in her elder years.
At her husband's retirement from the air force in 1972 they moved to Stratford, found a fixer upper and developed it into a secure hearth which served her maturing family for decades. In all her days she was relied upon as the individual whose strength and discipline both family and friends sought out for emotional support.
Helen filled her retiring years reading, doing crosswords, playing solitaire, gardening and attaining a level of enviable proficiency in the game of golf that lead her to many individual awards and team Championships representing Stratford Country Club.
She taught herself the complex art of tailoring and made and wore all of her own outfits. She was a lifelong member and active participant in promoting the Liberal party's representatives and ideals.
Her passion, severely hampered when she broke her ankle in the last year of her life, was walking. She walked everywhere within the confines of the city. To honour her life of exploring, discovering, experiencing, and revealing all she came upon I ask all who knew and admired her to take some time out of their busy lives to "take a walk" for her. Simple as that. Enjoy and share all that is around you.
A heartfilled thank you goes out to all the people from Stratford Hospital, One Care, and Cedarcroft Place who helped facilitate a natural and painless transition in the last days of Helen's life.

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