On March 29, 2007, Mr. Phillip Clifford Bowser passed away at Chu Chua at the age of 49 years.
Survived by his partner Diane Lampreau and two daughters Lynn Morrison of Kamloops, Kelly Bowser of Chu Chua and three sons Darren Bowser of Edmonton, Phillip Bowser Jr. (Colleen) and Kyle Bowser both of Chu Chua; and two grandchildren Mariah and Tashina; three brothers Don Bowser of Kamloops, Roger Bowser (Tina) of Chu Chua and Sonny Blais (Lori) of Clearwater; two sisters Celena Slater (Nate Earl) of Chu Chua and Mary of Edmonton.; Jennifer Morrison of Kamloops.
Predeceased by father Clifford Bowser and mother Irene Blais.
Funeral services were held on Monday April 2, at 11 a.m. in Chu Chua Community Hall by Father Forde.
A brother, father, spouse, uncle, grandpa and a great friend.
Phil was born Kamloops and was raised in Chu Chua for most of his early childhood by Ken and Celena.
He had started out in early life doing carpentry then went to work in the Tolko Sawmill in Louis Creek for many years before becoming the Sawmill Manager of Simpcw Development.
Phil loved to play softball and basketball. He was a member of the Chu Chua Chiefs and Chu Chua Royals softball teams. Phil could always be relied upon to keep the game going as one of the catchers for the team along with Frank Lampreau.
Phil and Cathy Cooper kept the Barriere Youth basketball going for many years. Every Saturday morning for a couple hours during basketball season they could be found at the Barriere Elementary School teaching the young kids the fundamentals of basketball. Later on in time Phil coached his sons, and many other Chu Chua young men, in high school basketball. They would bring home numerous victories for Barriere and for Chu Chua. One year he took on coaching a girls basketball team at Barriere Secondary School. This was the one only year he attempted coaching girls, he would tell stories and shake his head about how nails got broken, something was forgotten, listening about who hates who. . .
Phil along with his brothers and many Chu Chua men played in the early years of the Kamloops All Native Basketball tournament. As the years passed when Phil no longer played he was in the stands cheering for his sons and Rachael and Tiffany.
Phil and Janet supported the boys through many years of softball, from tee ball right up to midgets.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. During the summer months, Phil could often be seen out on the river canoeing down the North Thompson River or on Dunn Lake. He occasionally liked to go out hiking in the area.
Phil was a very talented craftsman with wood. He was asked numerous times to build crosses for families in the community. Phil would think about the person who he was making the cross for and create what he felt was appropriate for that person.
His great sense of humour will be missed by all that knew him.
Arrangements are entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, telephone 250-374-1454.