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Irv Cowen

Irv Cowen

December 12, 2010

Irv Cowen
Cowen, Irv; at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Centre, Sebring, Florida on Sunday December 12, 2010. Irv Thomas Cowen of Pike Lake in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Joan (Forrest) Cowen. Loved father of Herb Cowen & wife Sherry, Jeanne Cowen-Brown & husband Neil and Tom Cowen & wife Barb all of Pike Lake. Loving grandfather of Erika, Shawn & wife Ashley, Kassidy, Luke, Courtney and Lindsay. Brother-in-law of George Forrest of Pike Lake & the late Mary Lynne Forrest and their daughters Brandy, Christa and Sheree. Dear brother of Lois of California. Predeceased by his son Irv Cowen Jr. and brother Ralph. Along with his wife Joan, Irv founded Pike Lake Golf Centre Limited 50 years ago and will be sadly missed by all his loyal employees and friends. Friends may call at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest (formerly the Hendrick Funeral Home) on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 & 7:00 to 9:00p.m. The funeral service will be held at Mount Forest United Church 175 Queen Street East, Mount Forest on Friday December 17th at 1:00p.m. Private interment at Mount Forest Cemetery. A reception will follow at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation or the Minto Fire Department would be appreciated by the family. On line condolences may be made at www.englandfuneralhome.com


Our condolences to the Cowen Family, Irv will be greatly missed around the Park by us all.

— Peggy, Katy and Malcolm Harris and extended Family., February 11, 2011

We just heard the news. Our deepest condolences to the entire Cowen family at this time. The pleasure we derive from our time at Pike Lake will be diminished with the absence of Irv. We could always count on him to cruise by several times a day and offer a witty remark or a quick wave while on his travels. We will surely miss those precious moments. Rest well Irv, you have earned it. Keith & Anne Marie ( G25 )

— Keith & Anne Marie Walker, January 22, 2011

Our condolences to Joan, Herb, Tom and families We are very sorry to have just heard about the loss of such a wonderful man who always made our annual trip to Pike Lake so enjoyable. He will be missed. Kellie Guerra and the ladies from the Shamrock Stars

— Kellie Guerra (Shamrock Stars), January 9, 2011

Our sympathies to the entire Cowen family. All of us at Pike Lake, will miss his driving around the park, I will always remember him coming to the overnight section of the park to let us know if the night was going to be cold. The park will not be the same without him, Javier and Marina Capella

— Javier & Marina Capella, January 3, 2011

Our sympathies to the entire Cowen family. The park will not be the same without Irv's truck regularly patrolling his domain. Harold and Sue Gillis

— Harold and Sue Gillis, December 30, 2010

Dear Joan, Herb, Tom, Jeanne and families: We were so saddened to learn of Irv's passing. We will miss his drives through the park that seemed to connect us all. Remember that your husband/father will always live in your hearts, in your memories, and in the way each of you see the world. May you all find comfort in his soft presence all around you. Ric and Cathy H-61

— Ric and Cathy Koskela, December 29, 2010

We've only been at Pike Lake for 1 season, but Irv's watchful eye and wave as he drove past was a welcome sight that will be missed. We share our thoughts and prayers with all of the Cowen family, and wish them peace and warm memories during this Holiday season. Jamie and Maria Scruton

— Jamie and Maria Scruton, December 27, 2010

We have just heard about Irv and we send our sincere condolences at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim & Sharon Lombard

— Jim & Sharon Lombard, December 27, 2010

Joan, we just heard about Irv's passing, we are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be truly missed Sincerly Jo-ann Sardo

— The 24th Pike Lake Ladies, December 26, 2010

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Cowen family. Regards,

— Garry, Amy, Jessica and Justin Noftle, December 21, 2010

My wife Julia and I are new to Pike Lake but had the opportunity to meet Irv and his lovely bride. We are sad to see such a wonderful man leave this world. Our condolences go out to the whole Cowen family.

— Ken Murray, December 20, 2010

To the Cowen Family, My condolences to you on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Although I did not know Irv personally, Herb and Tom often spoke about him. I could tell you are a very close family and that really shows Irv was a good man. I hope your memories will get you through this hard time. I have lost both of my parents and I know the reality is difficult to accept. God bless and give you strength. Sincerely, Marci Anderson

— Marcia Anderson, December 20, 2010

Our heart felt sympathy to all of the Cowan family. This time of year makes it especially very difficult. Thinking of you at this time. Maggie & Larry Scammell

— Maggie & Larry Scammell, December 19, 2010

To the Cowen Family, I am truly sorry to hear about Irv. He was always very kind to me when I work at Pike Lake. I remember him as someone who held a firm belief in working hard to get to where you need to be and I truly respect that. Please accept my condolences for this loss. Sincerly, Robyn Hewson

— Robyn Hewson, December 19, 2010

Entire Cowen Family, Please except my deepest condolences at this your time of ultimate grief. Erv was one of the finest men I ever met and will be truly missed by me as well as everyone that ever knew him. yours mournfully, Glenn Thomas Aylott

— Glenn Thomas Aylott, December 19, 2010

We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Cowen family.


Joan, Herb, Tom and Jeanne. We were so saddened to hear of Irv's passing. We are thinking of you and your families at this difficult time. Take care, Cathy and Colleen Pitman (D20)

— Colleen and Cathy Pitman, December 18, 2010

Although I did not know Irv as well as most I do know he was well liked and respected.My sincerest condolences to the Cowen family. Dan Dimich

— Dan Dimich, December 18, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cowen family at this time. Telsa & Don 23 Ash Ave Mini Lakes

— Telsa Robinson and Don Hartwick, December 17, 2010

Please accept my sincere condolences.

— Brad MacKay, December 17, 2010

Dear Joan and family, The laugh, the twinkle in his eye, the good-natured teasing....these are things I remember best about Irv. That, and the immense capacity for work ! My thoughts are with all of you as you say farewell to a wonderful man. Sincerely, Linda Kieswetter ( Thompson )

— Linda Kieswetter, December 17, 2010

Dear Joan & Family, Our deepest sympathy to each of you. We know Irv will be missed by his many Florida friends as well. May our thoughts and prayers embrace you and give you strength at this difficult time.

— Jerry & Jan Benson, December 17, 2010

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Cowen Family Irv will be missed but never forgotten. Paul,Cathy,Holly & Jeremy Manion

— Paul, Cathy, Holly & Jeremy Manion, December 17, 2010

Joan, Herb and Sherry, Jeanne and Neil, Tom and Barb and families: Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of Irv. He had a good natured wit and a heart of gold. I'm sure you will all miss him in many different ways, but remember the amazing legacy he left behind, and cherish your memories always.

— Vickie and Greg Mighton, December 17, 2010

Sincerest sympathy to Joan and family at this difficult time

— Carolyn & Rick Woods, December 17, 2010

Our prayers are with you and you entire family at this very sad time. Irv will be missed greatly and Pike Lake will not be the same without him making his rounds in his truck through out the park.

— Donat & Eileen Simard H-12, December 17, 2010

Tom Herb and Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you Irv was certainly a great visionary in getting things going for the Cowen family, I'm sure that the guys and gals at the golf club will miss his humour. Please accept our thoughts.

— Scott, Dave and Sasha Christie, December 17, 2010

Joan & Family Linda and I were saddened to hear the passing of Irv. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. Irv will always be remembered by us as we spend summers at Pike Lake as your and his hands have carved the beautiful area it is today. God Bless. Linda & Bill ( H63 )

— Bill & Linda McKenna, December 17, 2010

Our sincerest condolences to the Cowen family during this time of sadness. Irv's presence will be greatly missed.G-15

— John and Linda McCutcheon, December 17, 2010

Thanks Irv for your great stories and good times over the years. It has been our privilege to be your friend. You will be missed, but the memories you created will live in our hearts.

— Al and Mavis Shanks, December 17, 2010

To Joan and family.....Please accept my condolences on Irv's passing.He has left you and yours with a lot of good memories, which you all will cherish in years to come.I'm sure you will all get a chuckle, when you reminisce about the good times. I will have you in my thoughts and prayers, in the days to come.......Sheila

— Sheila Hamilton, December 17, 2010

My deepest condolences to Joan and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Irv will be greatly missed as a and remembered always. Once again, our deepest sympathy at this time of sorrow.

— Dave, Emalie. Olivia, and Steven Stewart, December 17, 2010

To the cowen family our deepest sympathy you are in our prayers

— kevin coutts, December 17, 2010

Dear Joan and family. My deepest sympathy to all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Irv was a great guy and will be missed. I have happy memories when I worked for you and Irv in my teenage years.Cherish your memories.

— Sharon Weber, December 17, 2010

Tom and Barb...Sorry we cannot be with you at this sad time. Your dad will be greatly missed Tom...All our love Larry and Linda

— Larry and Linda Litt, December 17, 2010

our deepest sympathies go out to Joan,Herbie,Tom,Jeanne and all the Cowen family in this time of your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Roy & Freda Joyce ..formally of G-9, December 16, 2010

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Irv. will be missed. We have lost a great man.

— Terry and Debbie Pyke, December 16, 2010

To the Cowen and Forrest families our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

— George and Mary Ellen Charko, December 16, 2010

We send our sincere condolences to the entire Cowan family. Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

— Scott and Lisa Weber, December 16, 2010

You have our deepest sympathy. He will definitely be missed.

— Gail & Wayne Giilck, December 16, 2010

I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences go out to the Forrest and Cowen families. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

— Colleen O'Toole, December 16, 2010

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to JOAN Cowan and her family at this time of sorrow. Clarence & Dolores Blaskavitch

— Clarence& Dolores Blaskavitch, December 16, 2010

To the Cowen Family, our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Irv will be greatly missed. John and Ana Lopes

— John and Ana Lopes, December 16, 2010

Joan, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss not seeing Irv at Pike Lake this summer.

— Randy and Dorene Lemire, December 16, 2010

Joan and Family, For each moment of sadness, we wish you a day of comfort; for each hour of grief we wish you a year of peace; and for every tear, we wish you a thousand wonderful memories. Thinking of you during this sad time, and hoping that warm memories will ease your sadness and comfort your heart. Murray & Rosalyn Lembke

— Murray & Rosalyn Lembke, December 16, 2010

Dear Joan & Family, Our sincere condolences to all of you at this sad time. In the few years we have been at Pike Lake, it has been our privilege to have known Irv and all of you. We will miss Irv passing our place and taking time for a wave or a quick hello during his very busy days. He was a remarkable man who accomplished much in his lifetime, and his legacy will live on at Pike Lake. God bless you all.

— Ed & Marjorie Irving, December 16, 2010

To the Cowan Family...our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

— Al Robinson, December 16, 2010

A special man will be missed by a special woman and family--Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your faimily at this sad time.

— Keith & Patty Hopper, December 16, 2010

Joan and family, please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of Irv. We will truly miss him around the golf course and club house. Bill and Rose Hunt

— Rose and Bill Hunt, December 16, 2010

Our sincere condolences are extended to the Cowen family. Jytte, Norman & Tori Godwin F20

— Jytte Godwin, December 16, 2010
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