It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Garth McDowell on Monday, January 18th, 2021 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Born 73 years ago to the late Orville (Sam) and Ruth McDowell, Garth lived his entire life on the family farm.
Beloved husband of Sue (Vegso) McDowell for 48 years and dear father of daughter Shannon and Jim Rose of Abbotsford, BC, and son Shane and Wendy McDowell of Chatham. Cherished grandfather of Sophie, Katie, Josie, Charlotte and Eddie.
Dear brother to Wanda (Don) Burse of Blenheim and Lawna McDowell (Marcel Trepanier) of Windsor. Special brother-in-law to Sandy and Ken Chauvin of Cedar Springs.
Garth worked as an auto mechanic in Blenheim and Chatham for 25 years before moving to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance as a refrigeration mechanic. While there, he was actively involved with CLAC and served on the National Board.
Garth always had a passion for flying and he obtained his private license when he was 16. He then went on and received his commercial and instructor’s licenses. He spent many years working, on the weekends, as a flight instructor at the Chatham Airport where he developed many lifelong friendships. He also enjoyed making and flying model airplanes.
Garth was a kind and considerate person who loved animals. In the past few years, he was able to renew his love of horses and riding. He and “Colonel Bob” became quite the team.
Garth will be forever remembered as a caring and friendly man and he will be missed by all who knew him.
With our deepest gratitude and appreciation, the family would like to thank Dr. Segeren, Dr. Huffman and the wonderful nurses and staff in the Emergency Department and the first responders for their outstanding efforts and compassion.
In keeping with his love of animals, friends wishing to remember Garth with a memorial donation are asked to consider Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue Centre (whhrescue.com) or CK Animal Rescue (ckanimalrescue.com).