ROBERT (BOB) HOWDEN FOWLER, O.C. F.C.A.S.I. September 19, 1922 -- August 23, 2011 Peacefully at home on August 23, 2011 in his 89th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Margaret (nee Phillips) for 64 years. Loving father of Stephen (Lynne Guthrie) Fowler, Georgeanne (David) Thorneloe, Patricia (Thom) Pace, Laurie and Heather (Danny) Fitzgerald. Dear grandfather of Andrew, Patrick, Kate, Emma (deceased), Andrea, Michael, Beth, Christine, Kyle and Aidan. Bob served in the RCAF as a Flt Lt/pilot with RAF squadron 226, flying forty eight missions over Europe during World War II. After the War, he did survey flying for Gulf Oil and Spartan Air Service before joining DeHavilland Canada in 1952 as a test pilot - progressing to Chief Engineering Test Pilot. In 1980 he was made a member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. He was also a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, winner of the Trans Canada McKee Trophy and Officer of the Order of Canada. After his retirement in 1987, he was an active member of Riverside-Emery United Church and delivered Meals on Wheels with his wife Marg until he was 87. Despite his many accomplishments, Bob was a modest man who will be missed by all. Family and friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd., (north of Lawrence Ave. W.), Weston on Friday., August 26, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 11 a.m.-12 noon at Riverside Emery United Church (2799 Weston Rd.) with a Memorial Service at 12 noon. Cremation. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund. Please visit a Book of Memories at www.wardfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2011