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Obituary - Don Sowa

Don Sowa

1941 - 2021

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Sowa(2021)

Don Sowa of Burdett, Alberta passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021, at the age of 79 years. Along with his beloved wife, Vicky, Don leaves to cherish his memory: daughter, Kim (Alex) Kozody and granddaughter, Stephanie; daughter, Tamara (Travis) Stachniak and their children, Ben and Jasmine; daughter, Angela (Trent) Guest and their children, Abrielle and Breh. He was predeceased by his parents, Mary Sowa (nee Evaskow) and John Sowa as well as three brothers. Don was born on July 9, 1941, in Brandon, Manitoba and was raised in Brandon. He started his career in the bank and stayed there for about six years. Don then became a boilermaker, following in his uncles and brother, Johnnie’s footsteps. He was a proud boilermaker of 33 years and through retirement. Don met the woman who would become the love of his life in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vicky Monette, and was married there in 1975. They remained there for one year as they welcomed their daughter, Tamara ‘Rambo’ into the world. In 1975, Don, Vicky and their daughter, Tamara moved to Bow Island, a small town he had found on a job while working in Medicine Hat with the boilermakers. They welcomed their second daughter, Angela ‘Inch’ as they settled into small town life in Burdett, running a coffee shop for a few years. This small town became a place they settled to raise their family and make their home. Don took great pride in his garden and loved to enjoy a peaceful day, afternoon, or evening tending to his vegetables and flowers; to make it a perfect day, he would enjoy a cold one too. Don enjoyed hunting with his friends visiting from various locations all over Canada and took pride in feeding his family the game from his hunts. As a part of his innate love for nature attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to his yard, a great delight came with announcing the first robin he would see in the spring. If you wish to do something to remember Don, we ask that you grab a cool six pack, plant a vegetable, flower or tree; and watch it grow. A private family graveside will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Medicine Hat.


  1. Angela Muzyka:
    Apr 05, 2021 at 06:44 PM

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Spend time helping each other to remember all of the good times.

  2. Samia Umeris:
    Apr 05, 2021 at 11:08 PM

    Our hearts go out to all of you. I sure do have fond memories of seeing Don in his happy place “his garden.” Mom could always count on Don to have fresh dill in a pinch or even some unique veggies like kohlrabi! Don was such a cheerful fella and always had a smile for you when you came by for a visit. I know he was always super proud of his girls and Vicky took such loving care of him. He was a lucky and a well loved man. Our thoughts are with you at this time and hope your best memories will bring you some comfort .
    Lots of love and hugs to you all,
    Samia and Darren

  3. Kelly:
    Apr 06, 2021 at 01:28 PM

    Wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time.
    Love, Toby, Kelly, Landon & Cooper

  4. Ev Lupier:
    Apr 07, 2021 at 09:41 AM

    I’m sorry to hear of Don’s passing, my sympathy to your family. Ed was a fellow boilermaker and friend of Dons. I heard many stories of their adventures and working on jobs together. Sadly Ed passed Oct, 2019 but Don stories were told often in our house and I did meet him on occasions when he was in Brandon.
    My condolences to all, Ev Lupier

  5. Chantel Timmons:
    Apr 07, 2021 at 02:23 PM

    Vicki and girls,
    Our sincerest condolences go out to you and your families on the loss of Don. He was always such a kind and gentle soul. He would always flash you a smile, have time to stop for a chat, or sit down and enjoy a cool one with. He was so full of stories. Sending you all our love and hugs during this difficult time.
    Chantel & Everett

  6. Anna Staughton:
    Apr 08, 2021 at 08:24 PM

    Vicki , Tami and Ang

    Oh the childhood memories at your home growing up !! Don always made us laugh and took a liking to all of us growing up . Burdett was a special place to all of us and it was because of people like Don that made our childhoods so great !!
    My deepest sympathies to you all . Hugs and love to you all
    Todd and Anna Staughton

  7. Marilyn Weatherhead:
    Apr 09, 2021 at 05:30 PM

    My sincere condolences to you Vicki, Tami, Ange & families. Don will be missed by many, but hold your memories close to find comfort at this time. I will miss seeing him in his happy place, the garden, which was always so well looked after & where he found so much joy! Hugs to all!
    Sincerely, Marilyn

  8. Doris Wutzke:
    Apr 09, 2021 at 06:29 PM

    Our sincere condolences to your family from our family. Doris Wutzke

  9. Marina Robertson:
    Apr 10, 2021 at 12:22 AM

    I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing, our deepest condolences to you all.
    I have many fond memories of Don, listening to his stories at the Burdett pub on a Saturday afternoon, visiting at coffee row, and when Shelby and I went ice fishing with him. She still talks about her 21 pnd pike she caught with Mr Sowa. RIP Don you will be deeply missed

  10. Tami Weatherhead- Torscher:
    Apr 12, 2021 at 08:21 PM

    Vicky, Tammy, Ange, and families... Very sorry to hear of don‘s passing. I have far too many fond memories of Don and Vicky as children growing up in Burdett to ever begin to say in such a short message.. Don was a beautiful person inside and out, his kindness to others was never ending. He will be missed, luckily the memories we have of history in Burdett will live for many many years to come.. our sincerest sympathies to you all at this very difficult time…This summer I will lovingly plant a flower in his memory at the lake.
    Hugs to you all 🌷❤️🦋

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