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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


My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss. I have been at Pike Lake for many ORVDA events over the years and the hospitality was always first class. The feeling of "family" was everywhere. Coming from a family business I know you will feel the loss of Irv each and everyday. Hopefully the memories with him will warm your hearts.

— Melody Jamieson, December 15, 2010

To the Cowen Family: My deepest sympathy for your loss. I personally never met Mr. Cowen, but just recently met Herb last week for the first time. I simply love Herb's character and love for life. By the photos and messages left on this site, I can only image Mr.Cowen being much the same. Just a lovable and caring individual, always willing to assist. It's always hard to lose such individual in our life; they always mean so much to us. My condolences. Sincerely, Martin Lalande

— Martin Lalande, December 15, 2010

Dear Joan and Family, we are shocked and saddened to hear you have lost dear Irv. We can only imagine how you must feel. We also will miss dear Irv. Such a great man to have built such a lovely resort for all of us to enjoy.Please accept our condolences for your loss,we wish you strength and love to get through this difficult time. Our kindest thoughts are with you, Alan and Lesley Jones

— Alan and Lesley Jones, December 15, 2010

Joan and family, We are saddened to hear about your loss of Irv, thinking of you in your time of sorrow. Hold close to your family and friends for comfort, keeping you in our prayers. Gary and Sharon Thackeray

— Gary & Sharon Thackeray, December 15, 2010

To my adopted "Pike Lake Family", I'm so sorry to see the news of Irv's passing in the paper today. While it has been a few years since I have had the opportunity to get up to see you all, please believe me when I say that you are all in my thoughts very often. I will never forget the great times I had there. From the all night product booking sessions to the late night golfing in the dark. Because of Irv and the rest of you I was able to experience life at Pike Lake. Thanks and please accept my deepest sympathy and warm wishes.

— Steve McPhail, December 15, 2010

I struggled to find the right things to say here and when asked to pick three words to best describe his life, tenacity, dedication and love came to mind. I'm sure there are many others but these fit in so many ways. Irv had a big heart and he will be dearly missed by all who really knew him. I know I will. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Joan and family at this time. Ron and Carol Hilliard.

— Ron and Carol Hilliard, December 15, 2010

My sincere condolences to all the Cowen Family at the loss of Irv. I have fond memories of him when I worked at Pike Lake back in 2001, I still have the lovely gifts you gave me when we left Pike Lake to head home to New Zealand. Our thoughts are with you and all the family at this time. From Kylie Carr Ashburton New Zealand

— Kylie Carr (nee Willetts), December 15, 2010

We are very sorry to hear of Irv's passing. Our condolences go out to Joan and Family. Irv will truely be missed. The Adams Family

— John,Donna,Sabrina Adams, December 15, 2010

Joan, Herb, Tom, Jeannie and Families. We have been camping at Pike Lake since our mid 20's to are mid 60's. It was like a family grow and a business take shape,from a nine hole golf course and small camp ground to what it is today...yes their was hard and sad times but they passed as this will pass with time. Irv will be missed as he drove throught the campground keeping a watchful eye on his accomplishments. But today he has passed the tourch on to you to take care of his dream. DO Him Proud Sincere Sympathy Lynn and Wayne Hickman and Family

— Wayne & Lynn Hickman, December 15, 2010

Joan, Herbie, Tommy, Jeannie and Families, thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by many. May you have comfort in knowing, everyone who remembers Irv will remember him with a smile. A true legend. Deb Johnston Zecevic (former D-21)

— Deb Johnston Zecevic, December 14, 2010

Our sincere condolences to all of the Cowen family on Irv's passing. He will be greatly missed. Never again will we be able to wave to him as he checks on the ladies in the pool doing their morning exercises.

— Don & Donna Olson, December 14, 2010

Joan, Jeannie, Herbie, Tom and families: Our sincere sympathy is offered to you at this time of Irv's passing. It is especially hard on the family at this time of year. Know that our thoughts are with you at this time. Ed and Sue, Lori and Kay Kelly

— Ed and Sue Kelly, December 14, 2010

Joan, Herb, Tom and Jeannie, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I know that with time the great memories that you have made with Irv will bring you much joy. Irv will be greatly missed at Pike Lake but his spirit will always be with you as well as all who enter the park.

— Denise and Herb Hopf, December 14, 2010

we are very sorry, are deepest sympathy to th Cowan fam. Reg & Debbie Bryant - G6

— Reg & Debbie Bryant, December 14, 2010

We were so sad to hear of Irv's passing. Pike Lake has always been a special place for us; it just won't be the same without Irv. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cowen family. From Kelly, Jeff and Connor Hayes

— Kelly Hayes, December 14, 2010

Joan and the Cowen Family, I wish to offer my sincere sympathies on your loss. I can only hope that the wealth of great memories will sustain you during this time. He will be missed by all. Carolyn Passmore C18

— Carolyn Passmore, December 14, 2010

Dear Joan and family, Out thoughts are with you at this trying time. Remember the good times.

— Ruth Truax and Rick Young, December 14, 2010

We are sorry to hear about Irv. He will be missed for sure. Our thoughts are with the Cowan family at this time. Rest in Peace. Todd & Lisa McKinley

— Todd & Lisa McKinley G7, December 14, 2010

Dear Joan, Herbie, Jeanne, Tommy, & Family Our deepest condolences to you and all your families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We have very fond memories of many years of being a camper for the last 32 years at Pike Lake. As we are looking forward to many more years at Pike Lake, we are really going to miss seeing Irv driving thru the park. Rest easy dear friend. Sincerely Marilyn & Donald Sullivan D-36

— Marilyn & Don Sullivan, December 14, 2010

We wish to express our sympathy to Joan and family and all the Cowan Family friends at Pike Lake who will sadly miss Irv as he drove around the property checking up on every little detail of day to day operations. We enjoyed our years at Pike Lake and the warm and generous relationships we built with the family and all employees. Irv was a "legend in his own time" and we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to know him and to spend time with the family both at Pike Lake and in Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kent and Barbara Craig

— Kent and Barbara Craig, December 14, 2010

We are so sorry to hear of Irv's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We might have left Pike Lake but we left a piece of our hearts behind. With love and concern. Bev & Roger

— Beverly and Roger Bean, December 14, 2010

To the Cowen family, Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. The park will not be the same without Irv driving through making sure that all was well. Allan & Cathy Cowles I-02

— Allan & Cathy Cowles, December 14, 2010

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. He will be missed but always remembered. Gary & Sheila MacEachern

— Gary & Sheila MacEachern, December 14, 2010

Shawn and Ashley: Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dear Grandpa. May your memories help you through this difficult time in your lives. He will always be with you in your hearts. Donna and Wayne Smith

— donna smith, December 14, 2010

We were so sorry to hear of Irv's passing. He will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Scott & Donna G-18

— Scott McKinley & Donna Belchior, December 14, 2010

I am deeply saddened to hear of Irv's passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Sincerely Sean

— Sean and Lani McMurray, December 14, 2010

To the Cowen and Forrest families: Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Irv will be missed by all. Hold your memories close. Carol, Angie, Shelley, Scott&Lisa Weber

— The Weber Family, December 14, 2010

To Joan, Herbie, Sherry, Kassidy, Luke, Jeannie, Neal, Courtney, Lindsay, Tom and Barb: We can't even to begin to tell you all how sorry we are. Jessie and Burke will both miss him deeply, working at the lake. To let you know that you are all in our thoughts and most certainly our prayers. So very Sincerely; Daryll, Debb, Jessie and Burke Cameron

— Debb andDaryll Cameron, December 14, 2010

Very sorry to hear about Irv. He will be greatly missed by all. Our deepest condolences

— Ron and Jill Brennan, December 14, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to Joan & all the family. Irv will be missed by us, Don & Pat Otto.

— Don & Pat Otto, December 14, 2010

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

— Dave and Jan Benn, December 14, 2010

Dear Joan and family my deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you Bev Quartel

— Bev Quartel, December 14, 2010

Dear Joan and Family: Please accept my most sincere condolences. Katherine Lemaich

— Katherine Lemaich, December 14, 2010

Jan & I are so very sorry to learn of Irv's passing. Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time. He will be missed.

— Jan & John Willoughby, December 14, 2010
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