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Rosalie Alma Gower

October 5, 1931 - October 13, 2013


Former Commissioner of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, Ottawa, ON; City Councilor, Vernon, BC.

Rosalie Gower devoted her life to improving the lives of others less fortunate. Raised in Field, BC, Rosalie moved on to graduate from Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan, eventually becoming a Registered Nurse. In 1955, she married architect Terry Gower and together they spent 3 years in San Francisco before returning to BC and settling in Vernon. Rosalie spent the 1960s balancing her nursing career with raising her family and working on- and off-stage with the Powerhouse theatre.
In the early 1970s she started a career in government, first as a municipal councilor and then as part-time commissioner for the CRTC, still based in Vernon. In 1980 she moved to Ottawa, having been appointed a full-time CRTC commissioner, where she participated in important decisions on Canadian content on radio and television and authored a critical paper on sex role stereotyping in the media.

Retiring from the government in 1992, she built an organic farm on the hills above Vernon and experimented with market gardening before turning her attention to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she became well known for her charity work. She played an important role in the planning and fundraising for Alma—a home for local low-income seniors—and she worked tirelessly for the SPA, devoted to the protection of street animals.

In 2011, Rosalie moved to Nelson and immediately immersed herself in local organizations such as the SPCA, Hospital Auxiliary and the United Church despite an ongoing battle with breast cancer. Rosalie was a talented singer and actor, a tireless proponent of women’s rights, an animal lover and an avid gardener. An articulate, passionate and creative force, her love and enthusiasm was felt by all who knew her.

Rosalie Gower is survived by her four children, Andrea and Tony of Nelson, BC, John of Courtenay, BC, and Terence of New York, NY as well as her four grandchildren. 


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From: Jim Yount
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Hello to Rosalie’s family.
I knew Rosalie first from Vernon City Council and even prior to that, her winter carnival color commentary on CJIB, and laterally as an applicant for the second (AM) radio license in Vernon.
She was one of the people who motivated me to run for council in 1979. Her diligence to municipal business and the community broadly, was truly inspiring.
Later, as a part-time and then a full-time commissioner of the CRTC, we had a very VERY professional relationship. Rosalie was in a delicate position regarding the license application process and handled it with absolute objectivity.
Oddly, her last home in Vernon was just below ours on Commonage Road (should be renamed Gower Way!). And equally as odd, Rosalie laterally lived in Nelson. I live in Kaslo, and was not aware she was resident in Nelson. I very much regret I wasn’t aware of that, and would certainly looked her up.
She was such a respected person, did so much for others, and we are all fortunate to have had her in our lives.
My most sincere condolences to all of you.
Rosalie was simply a marvelous person.

From: Emily Gail Gatehouse
Relation: Classmate Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing

For dear Andrea, Tony, John and Terence …
Sending Prayers with LOVE and Sympathy
to you and your families. Your extraordinary
mum was the shining light of our nursing
class and I treasure her friendship ‘thru so
many years. Again, LOVE to you, Gail

Relation: friend and neighbor in San Miguel de Allende

I was blessed to call Rosalie a friend. San Miguel is better for having had Rosalie as a resident. Her dedication to charitable causes was amazing and tireless. She was a great actress; assisted many of US with medical issues; and rescued countless animals.
We used to call her Saint Rosalie (Santa Rosalia) – and she is greatly missed. There has been no cheerier countenance.

How lucky we were to have had her in our lives.

I know she is now rescuing more animals and helping other humans in her new life.

From: Wendy Lawrence, Ottawa
Relation: Ottawa women's group member

Rosalie is fondly remembered by members of the Ottawa Women’s Lobby group, of which she was a part while living here in the 1980s. We have been exchanging e-mails recalling her activities on behalf of the advancement of women, as well as our friendship with her.
In reading her death notice, it was not surprising to see that she had continued this tradition of social activism elsewhere.

We wanted to let her family know how much she was appreciated here by members of OWL. Please accept our condolences.

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Date & Time:
November 5, 2013
Beginning at 1:30pm

Nelson United Church
602 Silica Street
Nelson, BC Canada

602 Silica Street
Nelson, BC Canada

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