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25.09.2014 - In Memoriam Kenneth Rowe

On 5 July 2014 Kenneth Rowe RDP, FRPSL, FRPSC peacefully died in Hamilton, in his 90th year. Mr. Rowe was born on December 22, 1924 in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. After serving with the British Royal Engineers in Burma in WWII, he completed his military tour of duty in Vienna where the Royal Engineers helped rebuild the famous Vienna Riesenrad as a symbol of hope and restoration for the citizens of the city. Ken moved to Canada in 1953 with his wife Mary. He worked at Avro Aircraft Inc. until 1959 when production of the Avro Arrow was shut down by the Diefenbaker government. Ken became a senior administrator at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where he remained until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Rowe was a member of the advisory board of the Canadian Postal Museum as well as a member of several philatelic organizations including founding member of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation in 1975 and it's Chair for over 17 years. At the time of his passing he was the Honorary Chairman of the Greene Foundation. He was an executive of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada for many years, the Senior Fellow of the Society from 2006 to 2014 and Editor of The Canadian Philatelist from 1967 to 1973. He was a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, London and became a Signatory of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1995. His interest in International Exhibitions was nurtured by Robson Lowe at London International Stamp Exhibition 1950. He was heavily involved in the organizations of Canada’s last three International Philatelic Exhibitions, CAPEX ‘78, ’87 and ’96, as well as the two World Youth Philatelic Exhibitions in 1982 and 1992. For many years he was a member of the Fédération International de Philatélie’s (FIP) Commissions for Literature and Postal History. He served as a jury member at 12 FIP juries and dozens of Canadian and American national shows. His collecting interests included: Postal History of Vienna, Postal History of the Crimean War, History of the Post Card in Canada, Christmas cards 1843 to 1945, History of the Canadian Telegraphs, Canadian Customs Duty Revenue stamps, Postal History of the Canadian Contingents in the Anglo-Boer War, 19th Century Colombia, Canadian Philatelic History ephemera and Postal History of the Forwarding Agents. He was a prolific author penning more than 40 articles on many subjects including his collections and the History of Philately in Canada. His masterpiece was The Forwarding Agents (first printed in 1966), which went into four editions, and The Postal History of Forwarding Agents published in 1984. He received the Canada Centennial medal in 1967 and the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee medal in 1977.