John “Jack” Harry Rowswell was born November 11, 1942, to Charles and Ethel Rowswell. He grew up on the family farm near Ridgedale, Saskatchewan.
Jack spent his formative years at Ridgedale School before completing Teachers College in Regina in 1963. He spent two years teaching in McKague, SK and 28 years at Wagner Elementary School in Nipawin where he taught mostly Grade 6.
After 30 years of teaching, Jack retired in 1993 at the early age of 50. He spent the next 19 years as a board member of the Nipawin and North East School Divisions.
Jack was a farmer at heart. He was proud of his heritage and of being the third generation to farm the land his grandfather homesteaded in 1904. Starting in 1978, Jack took over the primary operations of the farm.
Jack married Eileen Hanson on October 11, 1969. They had two sons: Dean (1970) and Mark (1971). Jack and Eileen were both teachers, so summers were free for family activities and vacations.
Jack & Eileen enjoyed travelling together, visiting family or taking a trip to see new places, amazed at the variety and beauty of God’s creation along the way. Their travels included two trips to England to meet relatives and investigate Jack’s family history.
Jack spent many summers pitching for the Ridgedale Regals. He took an active interest in a variety of subjects including politics, Rowswell genealogy, reading, curling, snowmobiling and fishing. He spent many hours at the farm keeping it maintained, so when his family and grandkids came home they could enjoy tractor rides, picnics, target-shooting and dirt-biking.
Although we will miss him, we know he is in Heaven. Jack leaves a legacy that will be treasured by many, especially his wife Eileen; sons Dean (Pam) Rowswell & Mark (Raeanne) Rowswell; sisters Eleanor Lobb, Audrey (Jim Newton) Rowswell; grandchildren Noah Rowswell, Ashley (Erik) Siefken, Alex (Brittany) Rowswell, Brooke Rowswell; and great-grandchildren Owen & Ella Siefken and Emilia Rowswell.