Owen Lightly | 1982 – 2014


by Andrew Morrison | Local chef/writer and all around excellent man Owen Lightly passed away last night at Vancouver General Hospital after a year-long fight with cancer. It was two days before his 32nd birthday. I’ve only just been told, so my head is reeling. I know that while it was a privilege to publish his words, it was a bigger joy to have been his friend and a real thrill to watch him flourish. Owen was one the most genuine people I’ve ever come across in my life – a real West Coast boy with a very appropriate surname. Tonight, my family will be raising glasses and celebrating the life he lived. I trust that you and yours – in the kitchen, behind the bar, on the floor, or at home – will take a moment to do the same. Cheers, to Owen.

  • Stanley Zappa

    Jaya Owen Lightly

  • David Foot

    Wow so such sad news! Owen worked with me at the Shangri-La for a period and he was one of the brightest, most calm and really good cooks I’ve ever had the pleasure to collaborate with. You will be missed!

  • Amorita Adair

    I’ll miss you Owen. Thanks for giving me my writing start with BOTE.

  • ambel

    I didn’t know him other than from his blog where his love of food and life really shone through. So so so sad.

  • GH

    Andrew et al, thanks for sharing this man’s vision on Scout.

    Such a bright a young thing; this saddens me.

    Rest in Peace, Sir, and may your family carry your spirit forward.

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