COWAN, Donovan Frankland Born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, in 1919 to Thomas and Anna Cowan, was a lifetime musician. He joined the Naden Band in 1940 and retired from the navy as the bandmaster with HMCS in Shelbourne, Nova Scotia in 1945. He married Joyce Finigan in 1946. He completed a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Saskatchewan and later a Masters in Music Education from The University of Minnesota and then a Doctorate from The University of Northern Colorado. He was a professor of Music at The University of Regina for 25 years. He wrote and narrated the school music broadcasts for the CBC. He retired to Victoria where he continued with his music career. He has written music books, two novellas and short stories. Donovan Cowan passed away on January 12 and will be missed by his family, friends and students. He was an incomparably wonderful man. He is survived by his wife Joyce Cowan, daughter Julie Oakes (Richard Fogarty), son Jan (Shelly) Cowan, four grandchildren, Greta, Victor, Cory Donovan, Krista and a great-granddaughter Wren Joy. There will be a service at Sands of Victoria (1803 Quadra St.) at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013, with the family welcoming guests from 11:30 a.m. There will be a reception to follow in The Dogwood Room at The Wellesley, 2800 Blanchard St., from 3 to 5 p.m.
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Published in Victoria Times Colonist on Jan. 15, 2013