October 2, 1934 – August 16, 2020
My dad was a quiet man. He never felt a need to tell you who he’d helped, what he’d fixed, how
many friends he had or what beautiful thing he’d made. This was how he died too. He slipped away in his sleep, with his wife of 58 years beside him.
I’m not sure what he’d think of an obituary. He had a customary ‘harrumph’ kind of reaction, a cross between pleasure and displeasure and that’s what I hear. I write this because I want this quiet man to know how much we appreciated him although I know what he’d say: ‘It’s not necessary’. Words just weren’t part of his way. He received thanks with unexpected reverence and gave support and advice that will never be forgotten. ‘It will all work out”.
Dad was a farm boy from Cluny Alberta, with a Scottish mother, an English father, a family love of horses and an artist’s eye for beauty that he shared with his younger siblings. He was smart at school and good at sports.
Some-how he married his rural roots, the farm rhythms and school-day lunches with his dear, swearing, blacksmith grandfather, with the bigger world: a university education and a love for classical music. He could do anything, make anything, fix anything and he did it with blacksmith hands and artist eyes. More importantly though, you could count on him. He said yes when asked and before you knew it, he’d heard all of your stories, the project was complete and he was in your life as a trusted companion.
In the funny way of fate, Dad and my mom, Catherine, visited Creston for the first time on their honeymoon in 1962.
They retired here in 1996 and poured their energy into their beloved home and land where they
could watch the bluebirds and elk from the veranda and see the lights of ‘little Pamplona’ in the distance. Dad’s life was rich with the place and peoplehe loved. He had lots of adventures. We were just hoping for a few more.
Dad is survived by his wife Catherine, his daughter Alison Masters & her partner David Drennan, his son Gordon Prowse and his siblings Duane Prowse and Elaine Butler and their families.
In his memory please pass on his quiet kindness.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Creston Rod & Gun Club
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