Suzanne Bowker mentioned her son lived his life to the fullest. He lived quick. He lived on the sting however he lived with care.
Bowker’s son, Nicholas Bowker, was considered one of two males using snow bikes found dead near Pemberton, B.C., Tuesday after an avalanche. He was 30 years outdated.
“Nicholas did stay his desires,” Suzanne Bowker mentioned from her house in Tillsonburg, Ont. “And I’m blissful that he was blissful. I am not blissful that he is gone, however I am blissful that he was in a position to take action a lot in his 30 years.
“Do I want that he was secure now? Sure, I do. I want that he had come house the day earlier than. However that is not how it’s. And now we have to simply accept that.”
Suzanne mentioned whereas Nicholas was daring, he wasn’t reckless. He had avalanche coaching and the correct tools.
“He simply had a way of residing on the sting, however nonetheless being secure about it,” Suzanne mentioned.
“I did fear about him, however you understand what? I prayed for him. And I do know that God was watching over him. And God has a objective in all this.”
Second sufferer labored for regional district
Bowker and one other man, Graham Haywood, have been reported lacking Monday afternoon after an avalanche within the Goat Creek backcountry space close to Pemberton, about 150 kilometres north of Vancouver. Their our bodies have been discovered Tuesday.
Haywood was recognized by his employer, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the place he was a senior challenge coordinator.
“Graham’s work has had a major group and organizational impression via efficiently main a various vary of tasks and he leaves a notable legacy of excellence,” district board chair, Jen Ford, mentioned in an announcement.
“Graham will likely be deeply missed by the complete staff on the SLRD. That is an immeasurable loss.”
Nicholas Bowker’s dad and mom say they’re devastated by their son’s loss of life however are additionally grateful for 30 years with him.
Nicholas grew up on a household farm in Tillsonburg, about 50 kilometres east of London, Ont.
Rising up across the soybean, corn and winter wheat, his dad and mom mentioned he turned a hard-working younger man who cherished the outside and animals.
Nicholas would sneak barn kittens into the home, Suzanne remembered, and was a devoted helper when the household fostered service canine.
The household’s first service canine, Suzanne recounted, was a chocolate lab that Nicholas wished to verify might swim after listening to of different service canine drowning.
“He placed on his wetsuit right here in April — which is somewhat chilly within the pond — and went into the pond and swam with [the dog] for about an hour in a mucky outdated pond,” Suzanne mentioned.
“When he units his thoughts to one thing, he does it. He was again in that pond freezing simply to guarantee that that canine knew what to do if he fell in water.”
It was additionally on the farm he developed a love for motor sports activities by round 12 or 13 years outdated. First he rode the household’s quads, then embraced grime bikes, bikes, snowmobiles and snow bikes.
On the farm, a teenaged Nicholas constructed his personal motocross monitor in an unused discipline.
“It was unbelievable,” Nicholas’ father, Steve Bowker, mentioned. “He appeared to know the right way to go forward. He definitely had a knack for tools.
“He was trucking grime over right here and making mounds and corners and jumps and all kinds of stuff. It was enjoyable to observe.”
Nicholas moved to Northern Alberta in his mid-twenties to work as a heavy tools operator constructing oil and fuel pipelines. He moved to Abbotsford a few 12 months in the past the place labored for a property developer.
His mom mentioned he took nice delight in his work, particularly when it got here to exactly constructing rock partitions.
For Nicholas, the outside was every little thing. He cherished getting on his snow bike — “It was just like the bike was one with him,” Suzanne mentioned — however he additionally cherished mountain climbing and kayaking.
Nicholas Bowker is survived by three nephews, a niece, two older brothers, his dad and mom and 4 grandparents.