a retired pilot from Vancouver,
British Columbia, in Newfoundland to visit his
family, decided to charter a small aircraft for
a buzz over the capital city on April 8th,
Mr. Lowe, who was born and raised in Shoal
Harbour, had hoped to fly over his old home town
that day, but time didn't permit. He says he
fell in love with the idea of flying in 1933
when he was just three years old. General Italo
Balbo and his armada of ‘flying boats’ landed in
Shoal Harbour, on their way back to Italy from
the Chicago World Fair. He says he was
fascinated with the planes.
When he was old enough to leave Shoal
Harbour, he headed to Ontario. In 1953 he signed
up with the Royal Canadian Radio Officers
He obtained his pilot’s license in Greenwood,
Nova Scotia, just before he left the forces. In
1961 he came back to Newfoundland to fly for
Eastern Provincial Airways (EPA).
He left the province again in 1965 to sign on
with Pacific Western Airlines which later bought
Canadian Pacific Airlines. The new company
became known as Canadian Airlines. For the next
twenty-five years, from his home base in
Vancouver, he flew all over the world-across
Canada, into the United States and to many
destinations in Europe.
He retired Valentines’ Day, 1990. His last
commercial flight was from Los Angeles to
Although he now makes his home in Vancouver,
he visits family and friends in Newfoundland
just about every year. He returned home this
April and goes back to British Columbia in June.
"It’s amazing how it comes back to you, how
you get the feel of it again" he says.
In fact, the one-hour flight over St. John’s
made him realize how much he would like to do it
again. When he returns to British Columbia in
June, he plans to rent a plane occasionally,
just for the fun of it.
As for the pursuit of dreams, Mr. Lowe has a
bit of advice.
"It’s not where you're from that matters;
it’s where you want to go."