It is with sadness that the family of Jill Gowland announces her passing on February 5, 2021.
Jill grew up as a child of a Canadian Army officer and, as a result, moved around to live in various locations in Canada and the United States. After permanently settling in Ontario, she attended McMaster University, earning a Psychology degree. She worked for several years in medical psychiatric settings, before switching it up to move into sales, administration and marketing jobs in the high tech engineering software and security products industry.
In her leisure time, Jill's greatest passion was golf and it was a big part of her life. She golfed from the age of 13 at courses across North America and also enjoyed providing lessons. She was involved with the Trafalgar Golf and Country Club for many years. Jill was also an avid reader and accumulated an impressive collection of books.
She combined her two favourite hobbies and her great sense of humour when she authored and published a golf related fiction book called "Confessions of a Sandbagger" in 2004, as well as writing (and directing) several comedies for the stage including one that won a promising playwright award. Jill’s author bio for “J.J. Gowland” declared that her dream life would be to write comedies by day and be a stand-up comedian after dark!
In recent years, Jill enjoyed a quiet life living in her "little house" in Oakville and loved to sit outside and enjoy nature, especially when she had an opportunity to make a trip to experience a taste of the “country life”.
Jill is remembered as a gentle person with a kind heart, who loved animals and supported several local charities including an animal shelter. Her family members lovingly describe her as a generous soul, giving of herself and her time, and they fondly remember family Christmas celebrations and get-togethers with Jill.
Jill will be greatly missed by her brother Murray Douglas Gowland (Austin, Texas), her many cousins, and friends made over the years. She was predeceased by her loving parents - her mother Elma "Boots", sadly just weeks before Jill's passing, and her father Doug.
Jill’s family would like to thank Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for providing comfort and care in her final days.
Rest in peace Jill. Meet you at the 19th hole!