It is with deep sadness that the family of John William Gow announce John’s passing at age 78 on Saturday, November 24, 2012 in Calgary, AB. John was born in Medicine Hat, AB on November 12, 1934.
He was the only son of three children, including sisters Norma and Jean, born to Foster and Gladys (nee Olson) Gow. John grew up on the family farm near Whitla, Alberta, and began his education in a one room prairie school about a mile from home. John graduated from Western Canada High School in Calgary in 1953, and attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana from 1953 to 1957, where he was a proud member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduating from Montana State University with a degree in Mechanical Arts, John moved 13 times in forty years during his career in the oil and gas industry. He worked in locations such as: Taylor, BC; Stettler, Ponoka and Calgary, AB; and as far afield as Halifax; New Jersey; Indonesia and Abu Dhabi; where he worked primarily as a safety professional. John worked with Gulf, Pacific Petroleum (now Petro-Canada), and Mobil Oil. At Mobil Oil, he was the Safety Manager before his retirement in 1990, at which time he opened his safety consulting firm providing services to many other oil companies. John often spoke of his early days in the industry, driving around Alberta on mud roads. John received an award of merit from the Canadian Petroleum Association in recognition of his contribution to the safety in the industry. Following his official retirement, John incorporated Rubberworks, a company involved in reusing large off-road industrial tires for animal watering troughs from locales as diverse as Sparwood, BC to Fort McMurray, Alberta. John would proudly report regularly how may pounds of discarded tires he had saved from going to western Canadian dumps.
Following his retirement from Rubberworks, John settled in Carstairs with his wife Pauline. John was very handy – from stained glass lamps to furniture to overseeing the construction of a house and a swinging bridge in Rincon de Guayabitos, Mexico. John was a very social person who never let the truth get in the way of a good story. A few of his favorite things included golf, winters in Mexico, chunky peanut butter, Tim Horton’s maple dip donuts, and a wee nip of scotch. He enjoyed his time volunteering with the Lions Club both in Stettler and Carstairs.
Click here to read the full version of John’s obituary in the Calgary Herald.