May 20, 1970 - January 6, 2015
OWENS, CHRIS DONALD: Chris and his wife Josephine lived in Abbotsford where they were just recently blessed with the birth of their son Tristan.
Chris was a true outdoorsman with a love for fishing, hiking, camping and hunting. Raised in Summerland, BC until leaving home for College, Chris was very involved in the game of hockey, both playing and watching. Chris' love for horses and his equestrian ability took him all over BC, Alberta and Washington competing in three Day Eventing, and Spruce Meadows competing in Hunter Classes.
Chris is survived by his wife Josephine, son Tristan, parents Garry and Jeane, one brother Ken (Pam) one sister Dawn and her daughter Kassidy, grandmothers; Mary Ternquist and Mary McCormick, Aunt Bonnie and one cousin Morey (Tracey) and many great aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Ross Road Community Church, 3160 Ross Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia.
"I am saddened that I have only heard about this now. I have fond family memories of Chris and the adventures that the Owens and McCormick cousins went on every summer. Poor Grandma Mary and Grandpa Bill (both RIP) Heaven is one lucky place." - R.L, Coquitlam, British Columbia
"I came across this while thinking about the loss of Chris. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. I only knew Chris briefly. He was a good man and had a passion for the outdoors. I'm glad I had the opportunity to hike with him up Mt Benson and scuba dive with him. It's a shame that he had to go so early and he will be missed." - D.S, Nanaimo, British Columbia
"Gary,Jeanne,Ken and Dawn. So sad to hear of your loss .you are in my thoughts." - Y.F., Burnaby, British Columbia
"We were so sorry to hear of Chris' passing. Our sympathy goes out to Chris' family." - D.G and L.G., Summerland, British Columbia
"I am so sorry to hear the news about Chris. I haven't seen Chris for a number of years but remember his smile, laughter and spark when we were in high school. My heart goes out to his family. My thoughts are prayers are with them." - K.G., Kelowna, British Columbia
"I'm so very sad to hear this news! I remember Chris as such a fun, humourous, friendly guy in Summerland. Condolences to the whole family!" - T.H., Vancouver, British Columbia
"I am so sorry to hear this news. I use to ride horses with Chris back in my teenage days. A wonderful horseman and a great man. My heart goes out to his family xo." - L.K., Cornwall, Prince Edward Island
"We extend our sincere sympathy to Garry,Jeane and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time." - K.P. and A.P., Kelowna, British Columbia
"I was deeply saddened to hear of Chris' passing. My heartfelt condolences go out the Jeane, Garry, Dawn and Ken." - A.L., Sadieville, Kentucky
"My condolences to the Owens family for their loss. Chris was a fun friend and many memories will stay with me of the good times that Chris and I had. So sorry for the loss of Chris." - C.L., Penticton, British Columbia
"Chris had a zest for life and an ability to make friends with anyone. He came from a wonderful family that now must summon strength and courage to go on, remembering the joy he brought and trying to forget the pain he felt. Our condolences to the Owens family, especially Josephine and her little guy. Chris's memory will live on, especially in those quiet times on the lake or river bank. - B.H. and B.H., Summerland, British Columbia
"Owie; a line mate, fishing mentor, hiking companion, team organizer, music lover, movie reviewer, amateur jokester/comedian, cook, the life force in a room or any function, a friend who was always there for anyone. I miss you my friend. Deepest condolences." - B.T., Port Moody, British Columbia
"We are deeply saddened to hear of Chris' passing. Our sincere condolences to family and friends. Chris was very a kind and caring friend who always made you feel valued, special. We always enjoyed his enthusiasm and his playful approach to life and his sense of humour always kept us on our toes.... We will sincerely miss our friend. - S.and M., Mission, British Columbia
"We were deeply saddened to hear about Chris - our heartfelt condolences to Chris' family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time." - Anonymous
"We all remember Chris from hockey in Summerland - it has been many years. Our deepest sympathy to all the family, Jeane, Gary and Ken. Our condolences." - M., B. and C.R., Abbotsford and Richmond, British Columbia
"I will never forget Chris and his uncanny connection with horses. I respected his abilities and learned from him as a budding equestrian. My family and I are deeply saddened to hear of Chris's passing. Our deepest condolences to Jeane, Gary, Dawn, Ken and Josephine at this difficult time." - S., N. and K.S.
"I am very sorry for your loss. May you be surrounded by love, kindness and support. You are in my thoughts and heart." - Anonymous
"I remember Chris as fun, lively, very intelligent and a great work partner who gifted me many much needed skills. I wish to extend my condolences and sympathies to the whole family and his friends during this very difficult time. I wish you all strength and comfort ahead. - J.J., Ladysmith, British Columbia
"We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. We met Chris years ago through the Neil Young Bridge school concerts and found him to be a very kind and sincere person. - T. and P.L., Penticton, British Columbia
"I will always cherish my memories of Chris. I take comfort in knowing that Chris is at peace. My heart breaks for the family as they must try to put the pieces together as the move forward. Will continue to pray that you may find strength, comfort, courage and peace in the coming days. RIP CHRIS." - B.V., Chilliwack, British Columbia
"Our deepest sympathy to your family." - R. and I.S.
"Sending our deepest sympathy to Garry and Jeane, Josephine, Tristan and all family members." - B and A.
"It is with extreme sadness that we heard the sad news of Chris' passing. My mother and I knew Chris as a feisty young boy on horseback. We had the pleasure of watching him ride and compete in equestrian events. Later he made the connection with our two sons through hockey at the Red's Tournaments in Summerland. Our deepest sympathies to Garry, Jeane, Ken and Dawn as well as Chris' wife Josephine." - A.B., C., B., M.S. and K.S.
"RIP Chris. My deepest condolences to Ken and your parents." - S.K.
"I met Chris a couple of years ago and I hit it off with him right away. He would stop by when he came home to Summerland and we would a great visit. We fished a few times together and had good times. I was deeply saddened to see his passing, I wish all the best to Chris's loved ones he was a good man." - J.M.
"Chris was an awesome guy. I remember looking up to him in the horse world as a role model. My deepest condolences to Jeane, Gary, Dawn, Ken and Josephine With my deepest sympathy." - M.N.
"May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow." - Anonymous
"Chris was a good man with a great sense of humour and was always there to help. Like the time he let me pitch my wall tent in his backyard to dry out (probably to the delight of his neighbours). He did some excellent work within DFO, particularly with respect to database development and support. He was a Fishery Officer whom I looked up to and respected. He will be missed." - S.G., Abbotsford, British Columbia.