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Thursday July 12, 2018

REVEREND J. PATRICIA NOWLAN
With great sadness we announce the passing of J. Patricia (Pat) Nowlan on Monday, July 9, 2018. Much loved and cherished wife of Dwight, proud mother of Ruth Nowlan, Katherine (Donald) Geisler and Michael (Christine) Nowlan. She was a devoted and loving grandmother to Jessica, Samuel, Jocelyn, Joel, Ryan and James. Left to mourn are brothers, Allen (Marilyn), Gordon (Irene); sisters, Lorraine, Marion, Barbara (El) and Juanita. Pat was predeceased by brother, Ken (Joan). She also leaves to mourn her brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly. Pat's greatest delight was her family and she cherished every opportunity to visit, laugh, encourage and support them. Her Christian faith was unassumingly worn and guided her throughout her life. Pat was born in St. John's, Newfoundland in December 1940. She grew up in Corner Brook and joined the Bank of Montreal in 1957. She met Dwight the same year in the bank and moved on to marry and have three children. In subsequent years Pat worked as a church secretary in many churches across Canada. In her later years she followed her dreams and went back to school for her Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity, and then proceeded to provide pastoral care to the elderly and infirm adults in long term care. Pat and her family lived in Newfoundland, PEI, Montreal, Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton and Oakville, Ontario. Pat retired from formal work in 2008, but continued to guest preach as needed. Pat took advantage of every opportunity to travel, enjoy frequent visits with family, and relishing every chance to take advantage of the world which was so different from her small home town. Life for her had a sense of wonder and she was grateful for every chance she had to expand her view of life and the world. She was a woman of faith that she shared quietly and faithfully to those she encountered. Her strong Christian faith, much tested over the years, gave her perspective and it was a privilege for her to live her faith serving where she could. The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the wonderful treatment she received from the caring palliative care providers: Dr. Benjamin, Nurse Jadwiga, Ian Anderson House and Saher who were heaven sent. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Loyola House - Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ontario or Central Baptist Church. Visitation: Friday, July 13th, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville. Celebration of Life: Central Baptist Church, 340 Rebecca Street, Oakville on Saturday, July 14th at 11:00 a.m.

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