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March 1, 1944 – August 10, 2020

Kingsley Arnett Bowles was born March 1, 1944. He was the second of four children born to Richard and Frances Bowles (nee Arnett). Kingsley died unexpectedly in his sleep in the early morning of August 10, 2020.
You might remember Kingsley as the man with the giant straw hat at Victoria Beach with three little girls in tow. In recent years, you might have noticed a big man riding a small blue and white scooter around town – that was him! You might also recognize him as the friendly man in the Tilly hat, tweed cap, or fur hat at the #68 bus stop who liked to chat with neighbours.
Those of you who knew Kingsley well, already know that he was a kind and gentle man with a compassionate and generous spirit. You know that he was out-numbered in a house full of women and thought it was just wonderful. And you know that his love for his family was rivalled only by his dedication to them. His mother called him her 'ever-present help in times of need'. He was that to her and all of his family and friends.
What you may not know is that Kingsley held a Master's degree in Physics, or that he became a computer programmer before there were computer programmers, because he told his employer, "I can probably figure those out." You may not know that he never let his family listen to the radio on long car rides, because he thought they could make better music themselves. And, while you would not be surprised, you may not know that when he was a young adult and his father was the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the official guests he was most interested in were not the political leaders or celebrities, but the authors and the poets. Kingsley was quiet, constant, and steady with a keen mind, a great sense of humour, and a deep interest in people and their stories. He noticed people who needed extra friendship, care, or support, and offered it easily. Kingsley had a unique ability to smooth things over between people thanks to a three part process he passed on to his daughters: listen, consider with compassion, and then listen again.
The kind, gentle, and generous eyes through which Kingsley saw the world have now given two others the gift of sight. We are grateful that Kingsley could offer such a fitting parting gift through cornea transplant.
Kingsley loved ice cream, and music, and scooter rides. But most of all, Kingsley loved his 'girls' and his grandchildren: his wife of 50 years, Diane (née McNaughton); and his daughters, Noelle (Jonathan Elcomb), Joanna (Patrik Schuermann), and Michelle (Courtney Skinner); grandchildren, Alicia, Pascal and Cedric Schuermann, and Claire Elcomb-Bowles. Kingsley will also be lovingly remembered by his siblings, Sheldon Bowles (Penny), Maryann Nevile (Dan Bachor), and Bill Bowles (Hollie); as well as his nieces and nephews from the McNaughton, Nevile, Bowles, Bachman, and Hull families.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a family gathering will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020 to inter Kingsley's ashes beside his parents in the Union Point United Church Cemetery. A larger gathering will be planned at a later date.
If you wish to do something to remember Kingsley, please talk to someone who seems lonely or extend an act of kindness to a neighbour.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 22, 2020

Condolences & Memories (23 entries)

  • Did Kingsley ever utter anything but kind words? We crossed paths with Kingsley far too rarely in recent decades (Safeway was the most recent, last spring). My most vivid memories of times together are at Victoria Beach when we were children, next door to the Gibsons. Evie & I send our condolences to you, Diane and Noelle, and to all the members of Kingsley's extended family. We saw the notice of Kingsley's death in August, and were reminded when we got an e-mail from our daughter-in-law, Jill, indicating that she works with you, Noelle. All the Best to You - Posted by: Evie & John Tanner (friends) on: Oct 05, 2020

  • My heartfelt sympathy Maryann, Bill, Sheldon and Diane and to their families. When Victoria sent me a message I was shocked to hear this. Such a huge loss to your family. I remember when you moved in next door and I would see Kingsley in the yard. Always showed kindness to me. Would see him sometimes at GWL where I worked and always said hello with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs - Posted by: DARLENE WIEBE (Friend ) on: Aug 25, 2020

  • I am sorry for your loss. He exemplified living life to the fullest with a kind heart. I will always have fond memories of playing charades at the lake (The horse jockey incident) and the tales of his hedge trimming with the brand new chainsaw. I wish your family all the best, he will always be with us in spirit, he has touched innumerable lives in subtle and positive ways. - Posted by: James Fields Jr. (Friend of Family) on: Aug 25, 2020

  • Diane and family, My deepest sympathy to you for the loss of a wonderful husband, father, Grandfather and friend to many. Your friend from Victoria Beach and Rady Centre Aqua-fit, Jacqui Blanchard - Posted by: Jacqui Blanchard (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2020

  • What a wonderful tribute to a sweet gentle soul. Although I never met him in person, his legacy lives on through the beautiful words written in this tribute. My heart aches for his family whom he loved so dearly, and also for the world who lost a such a beautiful light. You all are with us in our hearts, and we will lift a toast on August 31st to the beautiful man who lived a life of love and service to others. With love, Mary Bowles - Posted by: Mary Bowles (His cousin Randy's wife) on: Aug 24, 2020

  • Diane, I remember you and your family in my prayers. May Kingsley rest in peace and rise in glory. Terry and Phyllis - Posted by: Terry Hidichuk (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2020

  • Extending our deepest sympathy to Sheldon & Penny Bowles and the Bowles family on the passing of Kingsley Bowles. Thank you for sharing this wonderful and inspiring tribute. I happened on a rather suitable quote from an equally wise man 'The true guide of life is to do what is right. Things are not always right because they are hard....I like things to happen and if they don't happen I like to make them happen' Winston Churchill Staff & friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at HSC Foundation) on: Aug 24, 2020

  • A lovely tribute to a man who clearly left a wonderful legacy for this world. My scattering of interactions with him over the years, usually related to visits with the family via Noelle, but sometimes elsewhere, always left me with the impression that he was a class act all the way. I know he will be missed and I offer my deepest condolences to all who loved him. - Posted by: Richard Hansen (Friend) on: Aug 23, 2020

  • I have known Kingsley for 70+ years since we lived across from each other on Niagara Street and attended school together from Kindergarten on up. During our university years, I have many fond memories of dating our respective wives-to-be together on many occasions and eating pizza and drinking rose wine at the Pizza Place in Grant Park Plaza. I was honoured to be an usher at Kingsley and Diane's wedding. My career eventually took us away from Winnipeg but Kingsley regularly kept in touch. Over the years we still visited together whenever possible with our respective children in their cottage at Victoria Beach and in later years over pizza again in Winnipeg and once in Edmonton. Kingsley will be greatly missed not only by his family but by all of us whose lives he touched. Rest in peace King. You've earned it. - Posted by: Bob Grose (Friend) on: Aug 23, 2020

  • I don’t know if I’ve ever met a more gentle man than Kingsley Bowles and I think we live in a time where being a gentleman is undervalued. He was clearly so proud of his wife and daughters and later grandkids and he was a great son to his mother. Our families became acquainted thanks to the close friendship of Noelle and my sister, Mary-Beth and as we lived down the street from each other, we saw the Bowles often. At Christmas we would be invited to dinner which became a tradition that we looked forward to. Diane and Kingsley were so gracious and such lovely hosts and their love for each other was evident. I only have happy memories of our time together. Kingsley will be missed. Sending my love to the Bowles family. - Posted by: Michael Barker-Fyfe (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • Sheldon, Penny, Maryann and all the Bowles Family. My sincerest condolences on Kingsley’s passing, I remember him fondly from the times he would visit his mother at The Wellington, he was a kind gentle soul. He will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and heart during this difficult time. - Posted by: Gail Richter (Friend (The Wellington)) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • So very sad to hear of Kingsley's passing. As my back lane neighbor I saw Kingsley often. It seemed that every time I took out the recycling or cut the grass,I would here the garage door start to go and there he would be, taking out his recycling or strapping on his scooter helmet. There was always a friendly wave and hello and sometimes a brief chat. He was a kind and gentle man, a great neighbor. He will be sadly missed. Heart felt condolences to you all. - Posted by: Rob Herriot (Neighbor) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • To Bill and Hollie, my thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. I know that kindness truly does run in your family. God bless - Posted by: JD (Rob) Ludlow (Friend of Bill and Hollie Bowles) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • We will remember Kingsley daily as I am sure his family will. Kingsley was a life long friend who imparted wisdom, compassion, and humour to all who met him, He went the extra mile for his friends, and family, always leaving them smiling. He will be missed. More people like him are needed in this world. - Posted by: Lyle & Rosemary Norrie (Life Long Friends) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • Sheldon, Penny and all the Bowles Family: Just a note sending deepest heart felt thoughts and prayers to you. I wish I had met Mr. Kingsley Bowles, he sounds like such a wonderful man. Hugs. - Posted by: Sidney Macaw (friend of the Bowles family) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • Noelle, sending you and your family my sincere condolences. Your father sounded like a tremendous human being - a caring and kind soul who enjoyed life and loved his family dearly. May you cherish his memory forever. 🌟 - Posted by: Lorie Walton (Friend ) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • We’ll miss seeing Kingsley around the neighborhood, at VB and Winnipeg. His hats, his scooter and his gentle gait always put a smile on our face. - Posted by: Doug Pollard and Kristie Pearson (Neighbor ) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • Noelle-Sincere sympathies on the passing of your Dad. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Marnie Manerch (Member of CUC) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • What a wonderful tribute to a man well loved and who loved well. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. May you know you are wrapped in love and prayers at this time. Take care. - Posted by: Rev. Karen Lumley (Minister at St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • I knew Kingsley from afar only visiting a few times as he lived in Canada and my family in the states. As a child our families would meet in Chicago once a year. We also traveled to Winnipeg several times while growing up. My last time seeing Kingsley was at my Aunts 100 birthday in 2011. I wish I had been closer to visit more often but I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man. Prayers for all the family - Posted by: Robyn Bowles (Cousin ) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • Noelle - extending care and compassion to you and your family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Kristin Franks (Former co-worker) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • Lovingly thinking of you all. So sorry! - Posted by: Sonja Lundström (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2020

  • My heart goes out to you at this time. - Posted by: Cathy Litman (Wonderful neighbour) on: Aug 22, 2020

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