Alanson 'Bud' Bowdin
Bud Bowden, 92 of Bethel, Maine, passed away at home on Sunday August 29, 2010, surrounded by loving family, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Florine E. (Bean) Bowden for 61 very happy years. He was born June 21, 1918 in Fort Fairfield, Maine the year World War I ended. He would live to fight in another World War.
He was the son of Annabelle (Grant) Bowden and Alanson W. Bowden Sr. He grew up in Rumford, Maine and graduated from Stephens High School. He enlisted in the Navy during WWII and served from 1942-1946. He served in the Pacific Theatre where he was a Navigator/Aviation Machinist 2nd class on the B-24 Liberator airplanes. Although he never spoke much of his military service over the years, his family was very proud of the fact that he personally attained the following awards: the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 gold stars and the Air Metal with five gold stars.
Bud graduated from the University of Lowell, Ma in 1950 as a Deans List Student. He later went on to manage Peter Karen Manufacturing Co in Lincoln, R.I. and subsequently co-owned Lincoln Textile Co in Woonsocket R.I. and Lincoln Weaving Co in Lowell, Ma. Upon retiring in 1985 he and his beloved wife Florine returned to their Maine roots and built their dream log cabin in Albany Township. They were “Snowbirds” for many years who spent winters in Zephyrhills, Fla, where they had many good friends.
He was a member of the Bethel Masonic Lodge #97 and the Albany Congregational Church. He was a former long-time member of the Bethel Inn Country Club and the Gloucester, R. I. Country Club.
Bud had a passion for the game of golf! In his lifetime he realized the golfer’s dream of attaining not one but two holes in one. He was also an avid lifetime Boston Red Sox fan who lived to see them win the World Series title in 2004 for the first time since the year he was born.
He is survived by his three children: Keith H. Bowden of Melrose, Ma, Gail F. Olson and her husband Garry of Johnston, R.I. and Judith D. Coletta and her husband Michael of Woonsocket, R.I.; one beloved younger sister Nella Perkins of Bolton, Ma; eight grandchildren Glenn Bowden and Valerie Bowden of Melrose, Ma, Vaughn Gavlin and Lauren Gavlin of Woonsocket, R.I. and Ross Gavlin of Pawtucket, R.I.; Rachel Kirkland and her husband Dan of Coventry, R.I., Leah Gross and her husband Glenn of Oolitic, In and Heather Butler-Horne and her husband Bill of Warwick, R.I. and 11 great grandchildren. He was excited about the upcoming arrival of his first great great grandchild, due in November. He was a favourite uncle to many nieces and nephews and a good friend to all. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Florine; 2 brothers Malcolm and Wallace; 2 sisters Mildred and Elsie and a daughter-in-law Bonnie Bowden.
The entire family owes a deep debt of gratitude to his sister-in-law Muriel Butters of Bethel, Maine for her constant kindness and commitment to Bud in the last years of his life. And he also leaves a special sister-in-law Edna M. York of Albany Township.
Visiting hours will be Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6-8pm at the Greenleaf Funeral Home, 37 Vernon Street, Bethel, Maine. Funeral services will be Saturday September 11th at 10:30 am at the Albany Congregational Church, Hunts Corner Road, Albany Township. Interment with military honors to follow immediately after the service at Hunts Corner Cemetery, Albany Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bud’s chosen memorial funds of either the Albany Congregational Church c/o Pastor Ed Gammon, P.O. Box 135, Bryant Pond, Maine 04219 and/or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Atten: Donations, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla 33607-1435.
Thoughts, condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.andrewsgreenleaf.com.