It is with heavy hearts and a tear in our eye that we say goodbye to a giant of a man, Allen E. Gowler. Known by many, loved and respected by all that knew him. There was nothing he was afraid of and nothing he couldn't take on and overcome. He will be missed by all that knew him, but most of all he will be terribly missed by his four boys that loved him with every fiber of their being. Allen passed away on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, at the age of 88 years at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre after a brief stay in the Sturgeon Community Hospital. He was born on May 4th, 1933 in Poplar Point to Albert and Gladys Gowler. On June 24, 1955, he married Emily Jean Boyle and together they had four sons. Al and Em enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with family and friends. They were also devout Christians and helped to found the St. Albert Alliance Church in 1978. Allen joined the RCMP in 1951 and in 1955, he left the RCMP and joined the Edmonton Police Service. While with EPS, Allen had several notable assignments including homicide detective and as Staff Sergeant in the Traffic Division. Following his retirement at age 48 after a 30 year law enforcement career, he went on to work at several jobs, most notably as security for the Royal Bank and then as Associate Sergeant at Arms with the Alberta Legislature. During this period, he and Emily travelled extensively, often spending summers in Alberta and winters in Arizona. Allen is survived by his sons, Michael (Christine), Cyril (Marjorie), Lindsay (Nonissa), Richard (Aurora); 9 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren as well as his brothers Ken (Margaret) and Casey (Myrna), his sister-in-law, Mary Warburton, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Emily, and his brother Albert (Hildegard).
A service to celebrate Allen’s life will be held in late July at the St. Albert Alliance church, 200 Villeneuve Road St. Albert, AB. Cremation entrusted to Memories Funeral Home.
Memorial donations in Allen’s memory may be made directly to the St. Albert Alliance Church Seed Project.
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