Brad H. Cowburn

March 1, 1958 - February 20, 2022
March 9, 2022 7 Condolences Print Obituary

After a fast and furious battle with cancer, Brad Cowburn passed away on February 20, 2022.

Brad was born on March 1, 1958, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  He attended Queen Elizabeth Public School and Aden Bowman Collegiate.  After completing high school, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Law Degree from the University of Alberta.

His working career began at the Budget Bureau in Finance, Government of Alberta.  Upon completing his law degree, he spent a short time in private practice at Barr Wensel Nesbitt Reeson.  He went on to work in legal at TELUS and Alberta Investment Management Corporation.  His final years at Alberta Investment Management Corporation were spent in Luxembourg.

Brad enjoyed golfing and some of his fondest memories were of working at Riverside Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon as a teenager and playing golf at Windermere Golf and Country Club with the usual suspects.  Born in Saskatchewan he was an ardent Riders fan despite the heartbreak they could provide.  The same could be said for his support of the Oilers.  Brad played basketball in high school and was a huge fan of NCAA basketball.  March Madness was always a highlight of the year, and he attended many tournaments over the years.

As an avid reader of history, current events and politics, Brad was always ready for a debate; sometimes high spirited.  He enjoyed music and was a board member for CKUA radio in Edmonton for a period of time.  Brad would often dj music on Saturday night while cooking dinner accompanied by fine wine.  Cooking, especially smoking on the barbecue and the study of wine became interests later in life.

Perhaps one of the things Brad enjoyed most of all was travel.  He along with his wife Lorene travelled extensively and were always ready for the next adventure.  The time Brad spent working in Luxembourg allowed them to explore Europe which was a very special time in their life.

Brad was predeceased by his parents Herb and Doris Cowburn, his dog pal Mackenzie and great niece Hannah.  He is survived by his wife Lorene, Cooper the border collie and siblings Rick (Laura) and Arlene as well as nephews Lee (Amber), George (Laurel), Steve (Stacey), Sean (Laura) and great nephews and nieces Skye, Xander, Roman, Zoe and Rhett.  He is also survived by his in-laws Linda (Bill), Shirley (Bill) Valerie and nieces and nephews Kelly (Karla), Tim (Lacey), Sean (Shelley), Jennifer (Trevor) Lindsay and great nephews and nieces Rhett, Tyson, Layne, Alysa, Kaycee, Tyrell, Kayla, Hunter, Claire, Haley, Ethan and Jackson.  He will be missed by all, especially his wife Lorene who considered Brad not only as her husband, but her best friend and the love of her life.

A thank you to all the doctors, nurses, homecare providers and EMT’s for all their help and support during this terrible time.

Brad was cremated and a celebration of his life will be planned at a later date.  As per his request, donations to CKUA Radio may be made in his memory.  (ckua.com/join the crew)

  1. Lorene,
    We are so sorry that you have lost Brad…clearly such a special person!
    Our sincerest condolences to you!
    Shirley (Driedger) and Don McDonald St Albert

  2. Lorene, I am sorry for your loss. I know you love Brad dearly and you will miss your best friend.

    With sympathy and affection, Janet

  3. Lorene,
    This is a bit of the legacy you can leave behind for Brad. Keep on talking and remembering, no matter what people say. I have started writing moments and memories down, even the tiniest things. Those memories will stay with me. If I see a bird or a deer close by I know it is him, and every morning when we go for a walk we say good morning to him on the same bridge. Cristian will hug the same tree every day and say a few things to him. Your actions don’t have to be the same or happen at all but over time these will help you with your grief. I know you loved him so and you love him still, keep on loving him. Somewhere he knows. I wish I could take your pain away my friend❤️

  4. Dear Lorene,
    We have special memories of Brad and you from your time in Luxembourg, remembering the music night in our local park in Mamer and picnics and concerts in the park in the ville, and with all of your friends in the expat community here. Our sincere sympathies for your loss, we pray for you both, Liz and Dermot

  5. Lorene, Fern and I are deeply saddened to learn of Brad’s death. We have the fondest memories of Brad and you from the times we spent together while Brad and I were at BWNR. You are both in our thoughts and our prayers. May his memory be a blessing

  6. Lorene, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I had the great privilege of working with and getting to know Brad early in our respective careers. Brad was one of those people who I have long-remembered with great fondness. Peace be with you, Brad.

  7. My sincere apologies for my late condolences. I had heard of Brad’s so very sad passing by a post on FB, which had been posted by Gary with your permission. My connection with Brad, is we grew up together, attending public and high school together. And during Mr Fleury’s science class at QE, Brad did his best, sitting in the desk across from me, to keep me entertained!!
    I am so sorry for your loss, Lorene and I am afraid words fail me at this time…. so I will just say …. “a heart that is broken, is a heart that has been loved”…..Brad will always be with you, forever and always.
    With sympathy
    Valerie

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