Former councillor dies

Rosalie Gower, who died Oct. 13, was a Vernon city councillor in 1972.

Rosalie Gower

Rosalie Gower

A former Vernon politician is being remembered.

Rosalie Gower, who died Oct. 13, was a city councillor in 1972. The 82-year-old was also a former commissioner of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission and played a role in Canadian content rules while in Ottawa.

“Retiring from the government in 1992, she built an organic farm on the hills above Vernon and experimented with market gardening,” said son John Gower.

“Towards the end of the 1990s, she started to spend most of her time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she became well known for her charity work. She played an important role in the planning and fundraising for Alma, home for local seniors whose families do not have the means to care for them.”

Gower was born in Field and later settled in Vernon, where she raised her four children.

She did her nurse’s training in Victoria, worked for three years as a nurse in San Francisco while her architect husband, Terry Gower, was based there in the late 1950s, then practiced at Vernon Jubilee Hospital through the 1960s.

Gower is survived by Andrea and Tony of Nelson, John of Courtenay and Terence of New York, N.Y., as well as her four grandchildren.