Janet Elizabeth Bowness

Passed 04/15/2023


Obituary For Janet Elizabeth Bowness

Janet Elizabeth Bowness, 82, passed away peacefully with Willie Nelson playing surrounded by family at the South Shore Regional Hospital on April 15, 2023. Janet was born in Montreal and was predeceased by her husband Alwyn (Big Al) Bowness, her parents Hugh and Marion (Howard) Coll and her sister Florence Bridges.

Janet will be remembered fondly for her quick wit and one-of-a-kind personality. Throughout her life, she contributed her time to her community. She held many high-ranking positions at the Royal Canadian Legion where she and Al spent many Saturday nights at Branch 85/90 laughing with their friends. Janet's intelligence and strong will enabled her to balance motherhood and a career in the 70s and 80s. After Al’s retirement, they relocated to Kentville NS where they owned and operated the Wild Rose Inn and became active members of the Ken-Wo Golf and Country Club.

B was very passionate about sports and was a big fan for many teams over the years, most recently, the Winnipeg Jets (Go Jets Go!). She was an avid golfer who achieved a hole in 1 at Grovehill with a five wood and played in the Canadian Senior Ladies Golf Championship.

Janet is survived by her son Hugh Bowness (Marie), her daughter Erin Hartley (Jamie) and her grandchildren Jamie, Lisa (Cam), Jessica (Kadeem), Matt (Charlotte) and Adam.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the staff in Ambulatory Care and the Emergency Departments at the South Shore Regional Hospital. In addition, we will always be grateful to Tara and Dr. Sue Robinson in the Hematology Department at the VG Hospital as well as Dr. Wayne MacLeod. A Celebration of Life with family will be held this coming summer. In memory of Janet, please consider donating blood to the Canadian Blood Services or a donation to your local foodbank.

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  • 04/24/2023

    Hugh and Erin: My deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. May she rest in peace.

  • 04/21/2023

    Hugh, Marie, Erin Jamie and families. Our dearest condolences for your loss. Your Mom was always very nice. love Rick, Diane and Family

  • 04/21/2023

    Hugh,Marie and Family, Ron and I are sending Love and condolences to all of you at this difficult time.We enjoyed Janet so much and always looked forward to spending time with her and your family. Thinking of you Valerie and Ron

  • 04/20/2023

    Hugh....I was very saddened to learn of your Mom's passing ...please accept my condolences at this difficult time for you and your family...Mike Horwich

  • 04/19/2023

    Hugh, Marie and Family . So sorry to hear about you Mom's passing . I never met Janet but she sounds like a force of nature . With God's blessing maybe the Jet's will win the Cup for her this year. May she rest in eternal peace. Brian McPhee

  • 04/19/2023

    Very sorry about the passing of Janet Bowness. May she Rest in Peace. Allan Blenkhorn

  • 04/18/2023

    Janet's family: We were so sorry to learn of Janet's passing. We sadly only had the pleasure of meeting Janet on a few occasions. She was a lovely lady, who was so interesting to talk too. She loved to talk hockey and knew everything about the game. Our condolences to her family. Keep your happier and fond memories close to your hearts. Kind Regards Charlie & Dawn Verge

  • 04/17/2023

    Dear Hugh, Marie, Erin, Jamie and family, I offer my sincere condolences on the loss of a cherished family member. I remember her as a strong and determined individual who reminded me of my own mother. May she Rest In Peace. Ed Handler

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