Paul James Bowie

26-Mar-1953 - 03-Mar-2019

Obituary Overview

Paul James Bowie

Bowie Paul James - age 65 of Dartmouth, the love of our lives slipped away from us on March 3rd, 2019 leaving behind a legacy that touched many lives. Although Paul suffered during his 3-year battle with lymphoma, he never once complained. He loved his family like no other and leaves behind Lydia, his adoring wife of 38 years and his daughters who he cherished; Shannon (Scott) McNutt of Truro, Cynthia (Matt) Peters of Lawrencetown and his precious grandchildren Brooke, Halle, Charlotte and Logan. He will be missed dearly by his mom Patricia; his sisters, Janice (John), Brenda (Allan); his brother and best friend Glenn (Lesley); his nephews Jordan, Chad and Braydon along with many cousins and in-laws spread out across this country. His many antics will also be missed by his dear friends who will share stories for years to come. Paul lived for water skiing and snow skiing and won too many water ski medals both regionally and nationally to count. He was happiest when teaching children to ski, whether it be on the water or on the snow. This past summer he got to see two of his young granddaughters up on water skis for the first time, his eyes tearing with pride. In the 1970s, he would tow his ski boat all over the province on weekends to host water ski clinics and now these clinics are well-established all over the province. His happy place was Wentworth and for many years he coached young children, giving them their first experience skiing through the trees and hearing ghost stories going up the chairlift. He was always first in line to volunteer for races and worked relentlessly during the Canada Games. Paul unselfishly helped many people whether it was fixing a boat, researching cars for potential buyers or playing MacGyver. Paul worked in the transportation industry for 46 years and was known for his professionalism and high ethical standards and up until last week he was working at his dream job with the incredible Flemming family and team at Ocean Contractors Ltd (Briar Logistics). He loved Jack, "Johnnie", Scott, and his sidekicks in Toronto and St. Stephen. Paul is no longer suffering and has joined his Dad, Reginald “RT” Bowie and his furry bud Nicki and no doubt has found a crew to go cat skiing with. Our family cannot thank Dr. Sue Robinson enough for her relentless care and compassion during this battle, along with Dr. Neborjsa Sparavalo, the incredible team on the 4th and 8th floors of the VG along with Elaine and Jenn. There are also many dear friends who walked this journey beside us and were there holding us up every step of the way....we love you.

Visitation will take place at Atlantic Funeral Homes on Friday, March 8th from 5-8pm, 771 Main Street in Dartmouth. The funeral will be Saturday, March 9th at 1pm at Christ Church, 61 Dundas St in Dartmouth. Interment to be held at a later date. Immediately following the service, everyone is welcome to join the family at the Mic Mac Aquatic Club, 192 Prince Albert Rd, Dartmouth for a reception where you will be able to share a story or two about Paul.

Paul had a special place in his heart for adaptive water and snow skiing and worked relentlessly sourcing sit skis and other equipment. In keeping with his passion, a trust fund has been established and donations will be used exclusively to donate equipment and other necessities needed by adapted water and snow skiing bodies in Nova Scotia, in Paul’s honour as directed by the family.

Donations can be made to:
The Paul Bowie Trust care of Allen Law inc.
50 Eileen Stubbs Ave. Suite 130,
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 0M7
Or, via e-mail to (use password Paul)

Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Atlantic Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    08-Mar-2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Memorial Service

    Christ Church

    Event Times:

    09-Mar-2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Reception

    Mi Mac Aquatic Club

    Event Times:

    09-Mar-2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Posted by Don Day | 29-Mar-2019

Lidia, I was just made aware of Paul’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! RIP Paul!

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Posted by Doll and Jerry Baillie | 12-Mar-2019

Pat and Family: We very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to you, Lydia and Family at this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. Jerry, Doll, Cathy and Lynn Baillie

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