Suzanne Bowker stated 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 certainly one of two males driving snow bikes discovered lifeless close to Pemberton, B.C., Tuesday after an avalanche. He was 30 years outdated.
“Nicholas did dwell his desires,” Suzanne Bowker stated from her house in Tillsonburg, Ont. “And I’m completely satisfied that he was completely satisfied. I am not completely satisfied that he is gone, however I am completely satisfied 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 we now have to simply accept that.”
Suzanne stated whereas Nicholas was daring, he wasn’t reckless. He had avalanche coaching and the right tools.
Nicholas Bowker catches some air on his snow bike whereas driving in Whistler, B.C., in 2018. (Suzanne Bowker)
“He simply had a way of residing on the sting, however nonetheless being secure about it,” Suzanne stated.
“I did fear about him, however you recognize 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, had 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 had 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 big group and organizational affect by way of efficiently main a various vary of tasks and he leaves a notable legacy of excellence,” district board chair, Jen Ford, stated in an announcement.
“Graham can be deeply missed by your complete workforce on the SLRD. That is an immeasurable loss.”
Nicholas Bowker’s mother and father say they’re devastated by their son’s demise 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 mother and father stated he grew to become 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 canines.
Nicholas Bowker, proper, with a buddy in a photograph taken the weekend earlier than he died. (Suzanne Bowker)
The household’s first service canine, Suzanne recounted, was a chocolate lab that Nicholas needed to verify may swim after listening to of different service canines drowning.
“He placed on his wetsuit right here in April — which is just a little chilly within the pond — and went into the pond and swam with [the dog] for about an hour in a mucky outdated pond,” Suzanne stated.
“When he units his thoughts to one thing, he does it. He was again in that pond freezing simply to be sure 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 observe in an unused discipline.
Nicholas Bowker together with his his canine, Rocky, his nephew, Gordon, and sister-in-law, Ashley. (Suzanne Bowker)
“It was implausible,” Nicholas’ father, Steve Bowker, stated. “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 gasoline pipelines. He moved to Abbotsford a couple of 12 months in the past the place labored for a property developer.
His mom stated he took nice delight in his work, particularly when it got here to exactly constructing rock partitions.
For Nicholas, the outside was all the pieces. He cherished getting on his snow bike — “It was just like the bike was one with him,” Suzanne stated — however he additionally cherished climbing and kayaking.
Nicholas Bowker is survived by three nephews, a niece, two older brothers, his mother and father and 4 grandparents.