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Tex Mowatt

September 27, 1927 - June 19, 2013


John Texearle “Tex” Mowatt
1927 – 2013

     It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Texearle “Tex” Mowatt, 85, on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson.
     Tex was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on September 27, 1927 to Mabel and Arthur Dore.  At the age of 18 he moved from Vancouver to Nelson where he met and later married his one true love, Edith Monty on August 6, 1949.   In 1950 Tex purchased a small typewriter service business which he expanded over the years into J.T. Mowatt & Co. Ltd. to service the Kootenay and Okanagan regions and to include sales of business machines, office furniture and supplies.  He constructed many homes and office buildings in the Nelson area.  Tex was a very dynamic, self-taught, generous and hardworking individual, devoted to his family, friends and community.  He served terms as President of Silver King Ski Club, President of the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, President of the President’s Club, Alderman and Mayor of Nelson, as well as volunteering countless hours to community service and numerous organizations.  Tex was one of the original key figures in planning and promoting the Nelson Aquatic Center, the Waterfront Recreational Development, and was instrumental in the founding, development and continued success of Whitewater Ski Area.   
     Tex was a Boy Scout leader and coached basketball and Little League Baseball.  He liked to fish, sail, golf, bike, ski, snowmobile, ballroom and square dance, play crib, chess, poker and was an avid reader.  He advised and assisted many people with financial, life and personal matters.  Tex always felt very blessed and thankful to live in Canada, especially in the West Kootenays on his farm in Crescent Valley where he enjoyed the hard work, fresh air and exercise.  He particularly loved riding over the fields on his dependable horse Choc accompanied by his faithful dog Cha Cha.
     Tex will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Edith; daughter, Gaye Isenor; sons, John (Karess) Mowatt and Earl (Gerry) Mowatt; daughter, Jeanette (Nick) Rilkoff; grandchildren, Lareena, Vanessa and Kimberley Rilkoff, Evan Isenor, and Samantha Mowatt; brother, Art (Grace); many relatives and friends.  Tex was predeceased by his parents; eldest son, Grant; son-in-law, Glen Isenor; brothers, Stan and Bob; and sister, Kay.
     The family wishes to express a special thank you to Dr. Kirsten, Dr. Janz, the nurses and staff of Mountain Lake Seniors Community and Kootenay Lake Hospital.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
     At Tex’s request the cremation and memorial will be private.



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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sue Robertson
Relation: a new friend

It was my great privilege to get to know Tex over the last year. I was moved by the way he embraced the time he had left. I enjoyed the many stories he shared about a life clearly filled with love, adventure and dedication. You will be missed like no other!

From: Wanda and Ken Woikin
Relation: friend

Jeanine, Nick, and all the family….Our condolences for your loss…..Your Papa will live on in all your hearts.

From: Evelyn and Ted Cartlidge
Relation: Friends.

Edith and Family. We are so sorry to hear about Tex. We remember the good old days from Square Dancing with you . We had so many laughs. Please remember all the good times you had with him.
We give you our deepest sympathies. to all. Love Ev and Ted.

From: Chris Freno
Relation: Friend of family

On behalf of the entire Freno Family we express our deepest sympathy to all of the Mowatt’s. Many, many happy memories. May you all find peace at this time.

From: Robert and Cathy Niminiken
Relation: Friend

Mrs Mowatt,

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Tex, he was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed! We are sending you love and prays in hopes to ease your grief. Love Robert and Cathy Niminiken

From: Hume Curiston
Relation: Long time friend of the family

It is easy to bring up a smile just talking to Tex. Any time even in a brief moment Tex would just look at you and give this so natural smile it would be impossible not to return one to him. There are so many of us that have been blessed to have a long lasting relationship with the whole Mowatt family. Distance makes it impossible to offer my condolences in person. So here’s to the future when we can celebrate Tex’s life together.

From: Stewart Enderton
Relation: friend

Hello Edith. I was shocked and very sad to learn that Tex has left us. I always enjoyed him and really enjoyed working with him when he was Mayor and I was City Solicitor
When one looks back and sees what he did for the city it is astounding. He certainly had vision and carried it out.
My condolences to you and your family. Kindest regards, Stewart

From: Susan Maximick
Relation: old friend

Sorry to hear of you’re loss.Condolences to all the family

From: Lawrence Kosiancic
Relation: friend

I re remember Tex best when He was Mayor of Nelson and I worked for the City of Nelson as mechanic bus driver Tex was a great guy I always admired him sorry to hear of his passing and send condolences to Edith and family

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