We Remember

COWEN, Wyndham “Toppy”

September 19, 1935 — April 9, 2014


It is with regret we announce the passing of W. A. “Toppy” Cowen, beloved husband of Saundra.

He leaves behind his son Ricky Cowen (Kathy Cowen) and daughters Heather Henderson (Chris Henderson) and Heidi Cowen, brothers and sister and grandchildren.


Toppy, the son of a Lighthouse Keeper, born in Bermuda on September 19, 1935. He devoted his life as a major hotelier in Bermuda and was always a strong figure towards a better Bermuda.


He moved to Kelowna in 2009 and fell in love with its grandeur. Following the love of his daughter Heather’s dream for a therapeutic farm, Toppy became a major benefactor of Arion Farm located 2457 Saucier Rd, Kelowna.


The love of two countries has carried Toppy from a Lighthouse to great mountains.


We invite friends to share the celebration of his life Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2 pm – 5 pm at Gallagher’s Clubhouse, 4320 W Gallaghers Dr.

Colours are welcome. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Arion Farm. www.arionfarm.org


Arion Farm: Tel- 778 477 1006

Gallagher’s – Tel – 250 861 4290


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Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2pm-5pm

Gallagher's Clubhouse

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In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Arion Farm Link: www.arionfarm.org


Service Information

Service Details

The service for COWEN, Wyndham “Toppy” is scheduled for Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2pm-5pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Gallagher's Clubhouse

4320 W Gallaghers Drive Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-861-4290

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  • Jake & Adena Schellenberg says:

    Dear Saundra, Heather and family…
    We are saddened by the loss of a wonderful kind & generous friend. Feel so blessed that we got to know him through his brother Ted in AZ during out winter’s stay a few years back.Our prayers have been with you and we will continue to pray for God’s love and peace during this time and in the days to come. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us and we claim this promise for you.
    Love & prayers….Jake & Adena

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Good evening Jake & Adena. I thought I had sent you an email ~ you both have brought such joy to everyone at Arion Farm and always included Toppy and I. Thank you for attending our Celebration of Life and we shall keep in touch! Love, Saundra and family

  • Martin and Linda Van Beveren says:

    Saundra/Heather and Family
    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time. We are always enjoyed visiting and working along side of Toppy at functions at Arion.

    Martin and Linda

  • Cathy Parmenter says:

    Heather, Saundra and family,
    Toppy was a very kind man. Please let your tears fall upon wonderful memories of a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Kind regards,
    Cathy Parmenter and family

  • Kim Spencer says:

    Dearest Saundra, Heather and Family,
    I was so saddened to hear of Toppy’s passing. I remember his endless energy, and countless hours and commitment he spent on the farm-even when I told him to rest his back! I was so very fond of him, he was a tough and wonderful man. I am thinking of you all in this difficult time. Sincerely, Kim Spencer

  • Heather Ross says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Knowing it is coming doesn’t make it any easier.

    The sanctuary that you and your father have created at Arion is amazing and will be a testament to his kind heart and acceptance of others who are “different not less”

    Please know that my thoughts are with you.

    Heather and Sabri

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Thank you Heather and Sabri. We have been so impressed by your son’s newly found friendship and confidence. The Arion Farm is a magical and healing place surrounded by the hills and orchards. It has been an honour to be part of their programmes and Toppy always thrilled to see the benefits for himself and share these stories with others! Sincerly, Saundra

  • Marina Smith says:

    My sympathies to your entire family as you celebrate a life well lived. May your memories sustain you.
    Marina Wells-Smith, Kelowna (formerly of Bermuda)

  • Merv & Vivian Vincent says:

    Dear Saundra, We want you to know our thoughts have been with you in recent weeks & especially now with the parting of Wyndham. I might add B.J.[our little Bichon Frise ]is still missing your little dog [& his #1 girlfriend]. Each day as we walk by your former home he stops & checks,hoping she’ll dart out in her usual vigorous fashion to greet him.

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Good evening Merv & Vivian. We thank you for your friendship and support, although short each time ~ the small dogs were always happy to see one another and certainly keen to return home!! Sincerely, Saundra

  • Marie, Bob & Bobby says:

    Saundra, Heather & Family – We are so sorry for your loss. Arion Farm, and all the wonderful people there, have been so instrumental in helping Bobby get on the right track in his life and for that we are forever thankful for it being there. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. God bless….

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Dear Marie, Bob and Bobby. We thank you for your prayers and friendship. Your family has inspired us in more ways than you can imagine. Your journey is a difficult one and we know you will achieve the best outcome for your beloved son. Fondly, Saundra

  • Marie, Bob & Bobby says:

    Saundra, Heather& Family…we are so sorry your loss. Arion Farm has been a “saviour” for Bobby and we thank God every day for it being there. Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time..

  • Christine Perinchief says:

    Dear Saundra – I was so sad to hear of Toppy’s passing. I will always have fond memories of him, both of working with him at MOC and of Steve and me socialising with the two of you.

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Dear Christine. Thank you for sending your memory of the four of us. We will be back for the Hamilton Cathedral Celebration of Toppy’s Life. Will you see you? Love, Saundie and family

  • Bryan and Glenda Jackson says:

    Heather and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you.

  • Bob & Julia Hepburn says:

    Saundra & Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Toppy’s passing. Our hearts & thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    May you all find strength in the happy memories you’ve shared.
    With our sincere sympathy,
    Bob & Julia Hepburn

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Dear Julia and Bob. Thank you for coming to the Gallagher’s Celebration. It meant a lot to share our stories with our neighbours. Sincerely, Saundra and family

  • David and Suzan Ross says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Toppy’s passing… please accept our heartfelt condolences. What a lovely neighbour he was to chat with and we know he will be missed by many.

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Good evening Dave and Suzan, thank you for your memories ~ our family is heartbroken and these do help! Sincerely, Saundra and family

  • Dorothy Kenny says:

    Dearest Saundra,
    I was so saddened to hear of Toppy’s passing. Although I did not know him well,I felt as if we had known each other at another time. He was a wonderful man and I know I speak for everyone from the “deli”, that he will be missed. My thought and prayers go out to you and your family at this very difficult time.

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Dear Dorothy. Your friendship meant a lot to Toppy and I, and he certainly put his best foot forward toward the last, to see you and the others and to eat those very tasty sandwiches, “Made with Love”. Fondly, Saundra

  • Eileen & Andy Bond says:

    Dear Saundy & Heather,
    We were saddened to hear that Toppy had died. We have fond memories of him in Bermuda. Our thoughts are with you all.

    • Saundra Cowen says:

      Dear Eileen and Andy. Thank you for sending your memories ~ our extended family means so much to us, and to Toppy when we were able to travel and visit. Let us know if you come to Kelowna? Love, Saundie and the family

  • Joan MacDonald says:

    Dear Sandra and family

    It was an honour to meet and help care for your sweet husband and father. May his name only ever be remembered as a blessing.

  • Anna and Frank Goddard says:

    Dear Saundra,
    We were very sad to hear this news. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family. Our memories of you and Toppy and Bermuda are all tied together. Please accept our condolences.
    Love from Anna and Frank

  • AnnErickson says:

    Just recently heard of Toppy’s passing….had been very involved in Bermuda Tourism when I was in New England..(retired now in Florida…altho’ beautiful, it’s not Bermuda!!) Toppy was my “go to”

    person for all things Bermudian”. He was always so kind to my husband and I when we were in Bermuda on business.
    Will always remmber the gorgeous Pink Beach…Warm regards, Ann Erickson SeasideDuchess@aol.com

  • Esme McCarthy says:

    it was with deep regret and shock that I read of Toppys death just this week on the Internet. I had been thinking of you during the middle of the night, and came to search your names. I am in the process of writing to you now, but remembering you all now and fond memories of our time together. Esme , Naomi & Bernard x

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