December 11,1934 to January 11, 2022 ~ It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our father, Neil, at the Sault Area Hospital on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at the age of 87. Predeceased by his loving wife Rita Rowat (Vaillancourt) and special friend and partner of Edna Ibbitson.
Dear father of the late Michael Rowat, Lyle Rowat (D’Arcy), Marty Rowat (Nikki), Sherrie Kent (Graham) and Shellie MacDonald (David). He will be remembered always as Poppa to Jami, Michael, Rebecca, Sam and Holly. He will be remembered as Big Poppa to Andie, Ellie, Rhett, Kyla and Brooklyn. Dear Father figure and friend to Kevin and Zach. Son of the late Ray Rowat and the late Daisy (Hallett). Brother of the late Betty Stone (late Albert), late Percy Rowat (late Annie), late Marie Stone (late Edward, late Jim Nokes), late Bob Rowat (late Myrt), late Minerva Rains (late Leslie), late Edith Rowat and the late Gordon Rowat (Marian). Son-in-law of the late Frank Vaillancourt and the late Bernice Hoeg. Brother-in-law of the late Fran Teske (late Burt), Ed Vaillancourt (Audrey), Paul Vaillancourt (Raye), late Kit Legere (Eric), late Evie Mojsuk (late Bill), late Roger Renaud and Sharon Armstrong. Special Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Neil was born on St. Joseph Island where he grew up in a close-knit community which he always referred to as God’s country. He joined the army as a young man and spent some time in Germany after the war. He went on to support his local legion and in 2019 was awarded the 50 year long service medal.
One of his first jobs was working with horses in the bush at mile 122 ½. He married his beautiful bride in 1960 and took a job at Model Dairy delivering milk door to door. Later he worked at Algoma Steel tube division until he retired in 1992. He brought his wife and 5 children back to God’s country in 1969 where he spent the rest of his life. Neil’s home was a place for family to come and gather and many memories were made there.
Neil played baseball and later coached a women’s team. He coached boy’s hockey and had a love for community. He worked hard on his family home. Building his house, clearing land, planting, weeding and harvesting his market gardens. In the spring you could find him in his sugar bush stringing line, tapping trees and boiling sap for long hours. It was one of the saddest things when he could no longer do this.
There will be no visitation or services at this time. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 374, Matthews Memorial Hospital Association or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Arrangements entrusted to Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre (942 Great Northern Rd, 705-945-7758). www.northwoodfuneral.com