Memorial held for former Vancouver mayor Philip Owen
One of Vancouver’s most influential mayors was remembered for his kindness, empathy and as a “hero” to his children at a memorial Saturday.
His daughter Lise described him an “unwavering” follower of God, and said he learned to listen to what matters in life during his daily prayers. He was compassionate, humble, kind and had empathy for all people, she said.
“Doing nothing was not in his lexicon, but rather thinking about the other guy was always his motto,” she said. “He loved this city and serving all its citizens.”
Owen’s son Christian, his voice shaking, said his dad talked a lot about his heroes, including his grandfather, Walter Owen. From his grandfather, Philip Owen learned his credo: “That everyone in this world deserves dignity regardless of their station,” said Christian.
Owen died Sept. 30 at Point Grey Private Hospital after an eight-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.
His family said he “passed away peacefully.”
“As a family we have always been proud of our father,” said Christian. “He loved this city, every part of it, and you could see this in how he found the right balance, even when it came to the toughest issues. He was a gentleman and a devoted Vancouverite, right to the end.”
Owen’s youngest daughter Andrea said her dad had an “innate ability to see each person” because he valued the experiences of others.