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John William BOWER

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Our deepest sympathy and love from the Sawchuk Family, will alway's be proud to be a part of his career.
Dear Mrs. Bower and family
I wish to express my deepest condolences to your family. When I was a kid growing up in Oakville we all wanted to be Johnny Bower when we played hockey,road or ice. If you played net your were Johnny Bower. Johnny was more than a hockey hero to me. He was the connection between my dad and I. My dad was on the road for most nights of the week but come hockey we were like peas in a pod watching and talking about Johnny's heroics on the ice. We were fortunate to watch him win four Stanley Cups. I met Johnny a few times and he was everything that people had to say about him. A man, a goalie, a hero who shall long be remembered. May peace be in your family as you greave his passing.
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented man. I hope you find comfort in God during this time of sorrow.
Dear Nancy and family it was with great sorrow to hear of Johns passing it has been many years since we have seen you all but John and your family were wonderful mentors to my son Darren Staal for around 10 yrs from 1984 -1994 at Johns goalie school we truly cherish the memories from those years with you all . Say hi to everyone Darren lives in Carleton Place On. and is an electrician and has 4 lovely kids Thinking of you all our deepest condolences Yours Truly Brian,Vicky Staal and Family Combermere On. God Bless
I watched the Leafs play in the late 60's with my parents. Right from the get go Johnny Bower was my favourite. About 8 years ago I had my picture taken with him and he signed my Leafs book at Chapters. I always thought of him as a kind man. When I met him in person he surpassed my expectations. I told him he was my favourite in the past, present and future. I meant every word. A gentle soul who had time for everyone. God Bless you Johnny. Condolences to the Bower family. An angel is now watching us from above.
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bower personally, he did affect me indirectly. I always admired the way he played the game and more importantly the way he conducted himself off the ice. When my wife passed away 10 years ago, my best friend contacted Johnny through Wendel Clark, and told Johnny how I had lost my wife after she had battled cancer for 7 months. One day totally unexpected and envelope arrived in the mail, I opened it up and to my shock was a photo of my childhood hero, Mr. Bower, holding the Stanley Cup. He personally signed it to me, and autographed it. I was in total shock. To this day, it is one of my most cherished possessions. The world has lost a great human being. My deepest condolences the whole Bower family. I hope you can take solace that Mr. Bower touched so many people in a positive way.
Johnny was an incredible human being. He was amazing with children but had a gift to relate to everyone. When my daughter Sarah Dell was the 1999 Ambassador for the Easter Seal Society she had the opportunity to get to know him well.....only to become friends. They continued to keep in touch over the years.....treasuring every moment of friendship...Johnny gave so much to many many charities that support children & youth with physical disabilities and for that we were always truly grateful. But most of all for his friendship.....Sandy Montgomery
Dear Mrs. Bower and Family,
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of Johnny. He was a great man and represented himself, his Leafs and the City with dignity.
I started watching the Leafs when I was about 5 in the mid 50's and living in Pickering. I was privileged to be able to see him play for many years both live and on TV. There will never be another like him.
Also, I would like to thank you and your children for sharing him with me. Many a night as a kid, I was able to stay up beyond my bed time to watch him play.
Again, my condolences.
Rick Rimmer, Oshawa
I grew up on the same street that Johnny Bower lived on when he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. That street was Patika Avenue in Weston. The house was owned by another Leaf Player, Jim Morrison. He was a great person who would talk to the neighbours, especially the children, and even signed autographs and had pictures taken with him. My oldest sister got the single that he and his children made autographed. Years later at a Toronto Road Runner game, and Johnny Bower was signing autographs and stand for picture taking, I mentioned where he lived when he played for the Leafs. He asked for my name and when I told him, he said, "You are James and John's brother". He had a great memory.On May 24, 2014, Patika Avenue in Weston was honourary named Johnny Bower Blvd. He was nice and friendly to those who attended this event and my younger brother and I got our picture taken with him. He was a great goal tender and a great person. Thank you for the great memories and those Stanley Cups. You will be missed.
Understanding Johnny Bower on a deeper level.....
If you knew Johnny Bower or JB as he liked to be called the way we did then you were considered to be not only privileged but honoured to have gotten a front row seat watching an incredible man play the game of life with more grit and determination than anyone else we had ever met. But it wasn't just about how he persevered during those hard days in the end it was about how he handled each day as time rallied against him. JB was a complex individual whose characteristic traits were deeply embedded in his psyche. However to truly understand him you had to learn more about him as a person first and athlete second so that you could get what made him tick. This was because his performance off the ice in the everyday world was based on his ability to stay In the zone as he aged and timeouts were called at any given moment. Especially on those bad days when nothing seemed to go his way.Yet those were the days that seemed to count the most, because it was on those days that he needed to rely on everything he was taught as a professional player to stay focused and not get intimidated by the obstacles that got in his way. And like all driven athletes JB was constantly evaluating his physical performance to try and improve his technique and sometimes even downplaying those distractions that caused him to not perform his best. Yet it was during those days of vulnerability and defeat that JB persevered even more so because getting back up meant he could return to his meaningful purpose as a husband, father, grand-father, friend and hockey ambassador to the outside world. While holding his head up with such resilience continually trying to move forward and always striving for excellence. He also had endurance and follow through beyond normal expectation. JB was a driven man with such intensity, exertion, passion and courage. Introspectively he also understood that there were valuable lessons to be learned in defeat, because being vulnerable meant that you were facing your fears. Yet this is when he persevered the most because he had already tasted triumph through his high achievements so any risks taken beyond this were done already knowing greatness. JB had learned that success would come through hard work over time which it had as he continued to put himself out there in a very goal driven manner right until the very end. Because life was always a practice where you gave it your all, being accountable for the game you played right up to the end.

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