Elvin ‘Al’ Bowman, 80, dies

Mississauga, ON — Longtime horseman Elvin Bowman, 80, died peacefully on June 16, 2022.

Mr. Bowman was born in Stayner, Ont., on Nov. 13, 1941.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wylie and Mayme (nee Lamont); sister, Mary Sampson; and brothers, Arnie and Veral.

He leaves behinds his much-devoted wife, Judy, and will be forever loved by his children and grandchildren, Stephanie DeRapp (children Jordan, Dustin, and Carlyn); Darlene Willie (spouse Mike, children Stone and Paige); Dara Haggarty (spouse Serge, children Madison and Cody); and Travis (children Amanda and Alexa).

He will also be sadly missed and loved by his sister, Wylene Crossley (late Ken); brothers, Eldred (Lynn) and Daryl (Peggie); brother-in-law, Don (late Mary); and sisters-in-law, Patsy (late Veral) and Connie (late Arnie); and all their families.

Mr. Bowman, known to most as Al, will be greatly remembered by the many friends that he made, both in his lifetime and while enjoying his passion for horses during his successful career within the Standardbred racing industry that spanned several decades.

Among his highlights in harness racing, he bred, owned, trained and drove Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Hy Class Minbar, a 60-time career winner and the first Canadian-sired Standardbred to surpass $1 million in earnings while competing at more than 30 racetracks across North America.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Stayner Union Cemetery on Tuesday (June 28) at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Campbell House Hospice and are welcomed and appreciated by the family.

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