SSC mourns one of its long time members

OWEN WILLIAM SPENCE September 16, 1961 - December 6, 2008 Every Good and Perfect Gift Comes from Above (James 1:17) Owen Spence, our loving and faithful husband, dad, son, brother, and friend, left us suddenly on December 6, 2008. With his genuine compassion, soft spoken strength and generous spirit, Owen touched the lives and hearts of all who knew him. Owen will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend, Cathy, and the pride of his life - his four children, Tori, Josie, Sara, and Eric. His dedication to his family and his example of leadership in business, sports, and the community was an inspiration to all. Owen was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan and raised in Regina. He is survived by his parents, Betty and Bill Spence of Regina, grandmother, Anne Buzila, of Regina and sisters, Kim Spence of Regina, Holly Spence (Tom Davidson) of Vancouver, Shannon Freeman (Dean Freeman), nieces Kadie and Chloe of Victoria, and brother Graham Spence (Ruth Spence) of Salmon Arm and nieces Anne and Elisabeth, and nephew Liam. Owen excelled in all areas of his life. He graduated with a degree from the University of Regina, competed on the National Cross Country Ski Team, earning a Bronze Medal in the World University Games and was the first Saskatchewan skier to win a silver medal at the Junior Nationals. He also earned first place in Rowing in the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catherines, Ontario and was an accomplished cyclist and administrator for the sport of cycling. Owen was Saskatchewan Athlete of the Month in February 1985. Following graduation, Owen began his career in the Banking business, taking him from Edmonton, to Brandon, and in 2000 to Kamloops where he was most recently a Vice President at RBC Dominion Securities. Owen was very actively involved in his community and church. Sharing his passion for sports and children, Owen co-founded and coached speed skating for the River City Racers with his wife Cathy, as well as being a board member of the BC Speed Skating Association. Owens generous spirit extended to many fundraising efforts throughout the community. In lieu of flowers, donations to Eagle Bay Camp (c/o Alliance Church) are gratefully appreciated. A Celebration of Owens Life will be held Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at Kamloops Alliance Church, 233 Fortune Drive. A memorial service will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan at a later date. Condolences may be emailed to the family from