GOWLER, Allen Edward Reg. No. 123
May 4th, 1933 - May 23rd, 2021
It is with heavy hearts and a tear in our eye that we say goodbye to a giant of a man, Allen E. Gowler. Known by many and loved and respected by all that knew him. There was nothing he was afraid of and nothing he couldn’t take on and overcome. He will be missed by all that knew him, but most of all he will be terribly missed by his four boys that loved him with every fiber of their bodies. Allen passed away on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, at age 88 in the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre after a brief stay in the
Sturgeon Community Hospital. He was born on May 4th, 1933 in Poplar Point to Albert and Gladys Gowler. On June 24, 1955, he married Emily Jean Boyle, together, they had four sons. Al and Em enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with family and friends. They were also devout Christians and helped to found the St. Albert Alliance Church in 1978. Allen joined the RCMP in 1951. In 1955, he left the RCMP and joined the Edmonton Police Service. While with EPS, Allen had several notable assignments including homicide detective and as Staff Sergeant in the Traffic Division. Following his retirement at age 48 after a 30 year law enforcement career, he went on to work at several jobs, most notably as security for the Royal Bank and then as Associate Sergeant at Arms with the Alberta Legislature. During this period, he and Emily travelled extensively, often spending summers in Alberta and winters in Arizona. Allen was predeceased by his wife, Emily, and his brother Albert (Hildegard). He is survived by his brothers Ken (Margaret) and Casey (Myrna), his sister-in-law, Mary Warburton, sons, Michael (Christine), Cyril (Marjorie), Lindsay (Nonissa), Richard (Aurora); 9 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Note from the family: We haven’t finalized any funeral arrangements yet, but we’re talking about something in mid-July at the St. Albert Alliance Church.
Al Gowler started his policing career with the RCMP in 1951. However, on October 17th, 1955 he restarted his career with the Edmonton Police Department. As a Constable, Al had assignments in Patrol Division, Traffic Division and Readers Section. Promotion to Acting Detective was quite fast, perhaps reflecting his prior service with the RCMP, and he was assigned to Criminal Investigation Division in 1959. In the Detective rank, Al had many other assignments including Morality Branch, Criminal Investigation Branch, Homicide & Missing Persons, Homicide and Robbery Detail, Morality Control Unit and Youth Section. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in 1973 and back to uniform when he was assigned to Traffic Section. After that, Al spent his last couple of years in Patrol Zone “A” and was assigned to Patrol Zone “B” until his retirement on October 17th, 1980.
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