Quiet, serene, measured, wry sense of humour- dear Geoff you shall be missed but your legacy shall live on through the mountain of work you accomplished.
I had the pleasure and great honour of working with Geoff for many years on the issue of Fair Play and violence in sport. My sympathies go out to the family and many other colleagues of Geoff.
Former Executive Director, Fair Play Canada
My deepest condolences to the Gowan family. I had the great pleasure of working with Geoff at the Coaching Association of Canada for 15 years. I often reflect back on my time with Geoff at the CAC. He was a wonderful role model as a leader and I learned a great deal from him. Geoff was able to articulate a vision of the future that inspired many people to follow his lead.He will be missed.
My deepest sympathy to Geoff's family. I worked with Geoff and for Geoff for several years at the Coaching Association in Vanier. He was a great man.
Simon and Susan, as I recall and celebrate a little portion of Geoff's life, I fondly remember you, Rhoda, and Geoff as my next door neighbors on the hill in Dundas, ON. Geoff and I shared rides to work at McMaster and I occasionally visited Ottawa. I delighted in his positive friendship and missed him when he moved on and was saddened when he suffered those years with Parkinson's. Now he is free of suffering and can be most remembered for his celebrated and wonderful good years. Simon and Susan send me your coordinates. Go well and in peace.
To Susan, Simon and family: I offer my deepest condolences to you as you grieve the loss of your father and grandfather. . Geoff was a man who “fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith”. We worked together on many programs and projects. His contribution to sport development in Canada was enormous and touched athletes in every community in Canada. He had a compelling vision, tenacity and concrete steps to make his vision a reality. It was an honor to call him friend and colleague. May the comfort of family and friends be your strength now and in the days ahead.
Suzanne Mason, Director of Sport, Province of New Brunswick 1983-2007
My Deepest Sympathy to Geoff's family. R.I.P
My sincere condolences to the Gowan family. Geoff coached me my first year at McMaster University. I enjoyed his humour and that of his friend and Brit cohort Peter Radford. Geoff's big word for long jump was "penultimate" as in second-last stride before take-off. I ate up his vocabulary. We last spoke in 2001 at the World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton.
Our deepest sympathy to Geoff's surviving family. It was with great sadness that we heard of his passing a few days ago. Both my wife (Janis) and I knew Geoff as a professor in our undergraduate Physical Education Program at McMaster in the late 1960's and early 1970's. I later worked closely with Geoff at the Coaching Association of Canada where he served as my boss, my mentor and my friend. He was articulate, insightful, thoughtful, diligent and had a great sense of humour once you got to know him. He was responsible for opening the doors to my academic career and for this and my first real job I am forever grateful. Canadian sport is better today thanks to his leadership and guidance and for this we can all be thankful. Rest in peace Geoff. Cameron (Joe) Blimkie and wife Janis (nee Fraser).