It is with profound sadness that the family of Frederick Butt Rowe announce his passing on November 19th 2021 at the age of 84 years. He is lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 61 years Sandra (nee Butler), his children: Christopher, Lisa (Leo), Stephanie (Kent) and Michael; adoring grandchildren: Sarah, Ethan, Nicholas and Lauren; brothers: Stanley “Bud” and Bill (Penny); brothers-in-law: Bill (Dorothy) and Dennis (Daphne); special extended family: Kristen, Louise, Mary, Betty and Sandra; nephews and nieces: Dorian, Toby (Colin), Sean, Michelle (Brad), Caroline (Andy), Debbie, Donna (Steve), Doug (Leona) and many longtime friends. Predeceased by his parents Senator Frederick W. and Edith (nee Butt) Rowe, brother George and nephews: Fred, George and Sherman.
Fred was born in Wesleyville and grew up in St. John’s where he attended Curtis Academy. He achieved his degrees in Science and Education from Memorial University and a Master of Education from Columbia University, New York. As a gifted educator, he was a high school teacher at United Collegiate, a professor at Memorial University, principal of Queen Elizabeth High School and Assistant Superintendent of the Avalon Consolidated School Board. With a passion for politics, he revelled in the challenge of any political role. He represented St. Barbe North from 1972-1975 and Trinity-Bay de Verde from 1975-1982 in the Newfoundland House of Assembly. In his latter years, he contributed to political life as Liberal Party Executive Director and Chief Electoral Officer. He tackled politics with tenacity and “true grit,” and was an inspiration to many. He was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren and considered his family to be his greatest accomplishment. His love for excursions on the sea, exploring his beloved province and humorous stories were shared with and are treasured by his family.
An in person Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 27th, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road. For those who wish to attend virtually, please visit https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1637699089150018 Please note that proof of vaccination is required to attend funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.
Carnell’s Funeral Home
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