July 3, 1941 – February 6, 2022
Owen was born to John and Norah Mailey in Trail, B.C. His place in life was set out by his four older brothers -SPORTS- mainly hockey, and baseball. His introduction to ball was almost living at the ballpark, from age 3 to watch his brothers play. Owen played for Andy Bileski and that continued for many years starting with Junior baseball for Trail Hotel, Connacher News, Trail Smoke Eaters, East Trail Pirates and Dynamos. He then moved onto Red Deer playing for the Red Deer Capris and one other team; Calgary Power Chiefs; Radium for Eddie Mountain and Cranbrook “The Mex” and coached a few others.
His hockey career began in Minor Hockey, in Trail then he played for the Rossland Warriers, Edmonton Oil Kings winning the Memorial Cup, Red Deer Rustlers, a stint with Grande Prairie Athletics, Drumheller Miners as a pickup for the Allen Cup Team, which they won in 1966. On to Calgary and then Cranbrook/ Kimberley Old Timers.
While he was in Red Deer, he was named athlete of the year 1964 -1965.
Owen is survived by his wife Mary (Lennon), daughter Maureen Mailey of Santa Rosa California, Michelle Mailey and his grandsons Sequoia and Naio Mailey-Bernier of Cortes Island, B.C., Sandra (Scott) Ballingall of Canmore, AB, and son Patrick Mailey (Heather) of Cranbrook, B.C., and brother Kevin (Agnes) Mailey of Black Diamond, AB, many nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, son Kelly, sisters Martha, Mary, Nora, Margaret and brothers Jim, John, Leo and Danny and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cranbrook Golf Club on Thursday February 17 from 11:am to 3:00pm, providing COVID restrictions allow. This will be an open house so come past when available. Call 250-417-6959 or 403-707-5382 for an update as of Tuesday afternoon.
There will be a Celebration of Life in Trail, B.C. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
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