Arthur Cleveland Cowland “Cleve” 99, of Rossland BC passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 14, 2015.
He was born in Neepawa Manitoba on June 24, 1916 to the late Arthur John and Olive Cowland (Reece).
Cleve worked as an Operator for Teck Cominco for many years from where he eventually retired.
Cleve spent his youth growing up in Melville, Saskatchewan and playing hockey was his passion. He came to Rossland in 1935 to play hockey for the Trail Smoke Eaters.
Cleve served in the R.C.A.F. during WWII. When he returned from the war he was given an offer to play for the Montreal Canadians Hockey Club in 1945 but chose to stay in Rossland and marry the love of his life Thelma Cowland (Kozamaki). He remained married to Thelma until her passing in 2003.
He had a very kind heart and was always donating his time to helping his community.
Cleve is survived by his granddaughter Tamara; great granddaughter Tiana; and son-in-law Phillip.
He was predeceased by his wife, Thelma and daughter Cheryl.
A service will be held at the Rossland United Church on October 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are welcome at the service.
Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation services has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Canadian Red Cross Help, Trail branch, 123-8100 Rock Island Hwy, V1R 4N7. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register www.myalternatives.ca.