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Owen Victor Washburn


Owen Victor Washburn

Born May 5, 1937 in Wirral, New Brunswick, died July 10, 2018 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sheila (nee Caughey) Washburn; his children, Susan Blair, Kenneth Washburn (Trudy Gallagher), and Nancy Washburn-Pynn (Barry Pynn); grandchildren, Emily, Jessica, Cameron, and Suzanne; by his sister, Barbara Dryden (Robert); brother, David Washburn (Anna); and by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Owen was predeceased by his parents, Hibbert and Mabel (nee MacDonald) Washburn; brother, Larry Washburn (Jean); sisters, Caroline Washburn, Audrey Magee (Doug), and Diane Sloat (Charles); and by his son, Thomas Washburn.

Owen was a professional engineer (BSc in Engineering Physics from Queens University, PhD in Chemical Engineering from UNB), and worked as a senior partner for a number of local firms, including Washburn and Gillis, Owen Washburn and Associates, and Neill and Gunter. Prior to that he worked at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute in Point Claire, Quebec, the Uniroyal Research Laboratory in Guelph, Ontario, and for the New Brunswick Department of Environment. He was an avid birder, naturalist, environmentalist, golfer, photographer, genealogist, and gardener, and a lifelong student of philosophy, theology, and natural history, and earlier in his life, was a curler and local soccer coach. Owen loved sports and was a long-time fan of the Boston Red Sox, and he used his inexhaustible memory to maintain a vast store of sports statistics. He was deeply committed to bettering the world around him but tempered his uncompromising integrity with a whimsical sense of humour.

He was active in the Wilmot United Church, and in the Fredericton Kiwanis Club, the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership, the Fredericton Community Kitchen, the drop-in centre at Wilmot Church, Fredericton Botanic Garden, Fredericton Naturalist Club, and the UNB Herbarium.

He was past-president of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the Fredericton Curling Club, and was the charter president of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. He was a member of the Fredericton Community Foundation Honorary Council, and the Thomas Washburn Memorial Engineering Scholarship Committee.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Fredericton Extramural Nursing team, and to Hospice House.

Visitation will be at McAdam's Funeral Home, 160 York St., Fredericton, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, July 13, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from Wilmot United Church. Rev. Ellen Beairsto will officiate. Interment will be in Fredericton Rural Cemetery at a later date. For those who wish, donations can be made in Owen's memory to the Fredericton Botanic Garden or the Fredericton Community Foundation.
Service Date
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
Wilmot United Church

Friday, July 13, 2018
Visitation Time
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Visitation Location
McAdam's Funeral Home

Burial Date
At a Later Date
Burial Location
Fredericton Rural Cemetery

Requested Charity
Fredericton Botanic Garden or the Fredericton Community Foundation