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Derek John Bowerman

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Derek John Bowerman

October 8, 1928 - June 19, 2022

It is with deep sadness the family of Dr. Derek John Bowerman announce his passing at the Northumberland Hills Hospital, Sunday, June 19, 2022, at the age of 93. Pre-deceased by his wife, Julie Bowerman (nee: Smith). He will be forever cherished by his children, Robin (Douglas), Giles (Nicola) and Roderick (Tisha). Loved grandfather to Lauren (Harley), Alice (Charlie), Lottie, Charlie, Harry and Owen. Proud great-grandfather to Freddie and Jack. Brother to his Sister Janet Fennell. Derek will be deeply missed by his extended family and his many friends. Derek practiced for over 40 years as an Ophthalmologist in Oshawa. For many of those years he shared a private practice with Dr. Barbara Craig. He was also a long time member of the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club. The family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude and thanks to Anita, N.P., as well as all the nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy staff that cared for Derek in both the Restorative and Palliative units at Northumberland Hills Hospital. Your kind, gentle and compassionate care did not go unnoticed. As per Derek’s wishes, there will be no services at this time. He will be laid to rest with his wife at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.


Peter Noble - November 28, 2022

Brings good memories. Derek was a mainstay of ophthalmology for many years in Oshawa and surroundings, always approachable, available and appreciated.

Margaret Luck - July 4, 2022

Sorry to hear the news of Dr. Bowerman my condolences to the family. I was a patient of Dr. Bowerman for many years right up to his retirement. He was a quiet man and took the time needed, never rushed. He always came out to call in his patients something you don't see now a days. A job well done. Very caring in his quiet way. RIP

Bob Stewart - July 1, 2022

Derek was very friendly to me when I was a student member at the Oshawa Golf Club and featured a bright grin and sharp teasing wit. Loved his dry sense of humour. Very proficient at his profession also. Could explain things in layman’s terms. Big loss for the community.

Lindsay and Irene Howlett - June 25, 2022

We remember with fondness your quiet kindness to us, especially the generous help to our father Ronald Howlett to access medical support for vision issues in England. Wonderful dinner parties and visits were fun and relaxed and your fine dry wit will be missed. Our monthly lunches after Julie passéd were always looked forward to. Thanks and love Julie and Derek.

Bob Allan - June 23, 2022

Derek and Julie were my neighbors for many years. They were a lovely couple and my children enjoyed playing with their granddaughter when she came to visit. Our condolences to the family.

Debbie Comartin - June 23, 2022

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Nick Bogut - June 22, 2022

Condolences to Dr. Bowerman's family and friends. He looked after my mother for many years in Oshawa. Was a great doctor. R.I.P.

Stephen Sanger - June 22, 2022

On behalf of the entire Sanger family, I would like to express our sincerest condolences to Derek's family. Derek was a good friend of my father Fred Sanger and we all enjoy great memories of Derek. Sincere Reards Stephen Sanger

Harold(Hal) James Butler - June 22, 2022

My condolences to the family and all those close to him on this sad occasion. Hal

Tracy Wilson - June 22, 2022

I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news. I have many fond memories of Derek and Julie and time spent with Robin at their home in Oshawa. My sincere condolences to Robin and Lauren and all of Derek's family.

Hilda Gatchell - June 22, 2022

Seeing this notice stirs my memory. I was an OR Nurse in Oshawa and knew Dr. Bowerman well - a good guy to work with and a good friend as the years went by. We kept in touch for some time after retirement but had lost that and I often thought of him as some of us still get together once in awhile. The group is getting smaller as the years go by. I will let others know of his passing and I send caring thoughts and prayers to you, his family. Sincerely Hilda

Debbie Thompson - June 21, 2022

Robin and Doug My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of great loss. Although I didn't know Derek well he was a very interesting person. My family sends our condolences to your family Love Debbie and family