DAVID THOMAS COWLEY
February15, 1960 –
October 16, 2007
At the age of 47 years, David peacefully went to be with his Lord and Saviour, and to join his father Thomas Arthur Cowley. David was born in Westlock, Alberta and moved with his family in 1973 to Ladysmith, BC. Unfortunately, on September 28th of that year, he suffered a head injury from a bike accident, which left him in a quadriplegic state. David gradually began to speak and regained some motor abilities, so that he was able to operate his own wheelchair for many years, and later he participated in a disabled sailing program. Although Dave’s body was disabled, his mind was very active; and he proudly achieved his Grade 12 diploma at age 21, while in hospital. For 34 years, David lived in various hospitals, his final home being the Aberdeen Hospital in Victoria.
As a child, David enjoyed and excelled at hockey. His love of the game carried on throughout his entire life and he became an ardent fan of the Vancouver Canucks. One of the highlights of his life was receiving an honorary Canucks jersey from then GM Brian Burke.
David’s courage, faith, and amazing sense of humor were a constant source of inspiration to all those who were fortunate to know him.
He will be greatly missed by his mother, Clara Cowley of Nanaimo, along with all of his large family and many friends, staff, and volunteers over the years.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 at 2 pm at Ladysmith Bethel Tabernacle 1149-4th Avenue, Ladysmith. Interment to follow at Ladysmith Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations can be made to the Vancouver Island Head Injury Society, 100 – 651 Queens Avenue, Victoria V8T 1L9.
A memorial service will be held at Aberdeen Hospital, 1450 Hillside Avenue, Victoria at a later date.
Arrangements confidently assigned to: TELFORD’S MID-ISLAND MEMORIAL SERVICES 245-5553