HOLDEN, MASS. - William W. "Bill" Bowdren III died October 20, 2015, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his family. He was 67.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Emily (Cyr) Bowdren.
Bill's sometimes gruff exterior did little to hide his big, generous heart. He loved his family, his faith, and his country, and he served them all well. Bill cherished and cared for his nieces and nephews as though they were his own children. Born August 1, 1948, the son of the late William W. "Bill" Bowdren Jr. and the late Ann C. "Nancie" Bowdren, he, along with his younger brother Rick, grew up in North Babylon, New York. He attended North Babylon High School, where he excelled on the varsity baseball team. He earned his bachelor's degree at Husson University in Bangor, Maine and was a member of the Kappa Delta Phi fraternity there. While he was an undergraduate, he served in Army ROTC at the University of Maine. Upon graduating from college, Bill was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He served active duty for 4 years and 8 months, including a one-year tour in Korea. He attained the rank of Captain, and earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. He also served for 10 years in the Army Reserves.
Bill earned his master's degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. He worked for 40 years in the beverage industry. He worked for Miller Brewing and was in charge of military sales west of the Mississippi River for many years. He worked most recently for the Honest Iced Tea Company for several years. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Bill was a great listener. He was always there to lend a helping hand and to provide wise counsel. He loved traveling around the country with his wife, Emily; he enjoyed coaching T-Ball and Little League Baseball; and he loved playing golf, including with his brother, Rick, who was never able to beat him. Bill had a profound impact on many people's lives.
In addition to his wife Emily, he is also survived by his brother, Rick Bowdren and his wife, Therese of Cincinnati, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Glenn Cyr of Portland, Me. and Kevin Cyr of Plymouth, Mass.; and one sister-in-law, Amy Cyr of Hermon, Me. He was also the brother-in-law of the late Lisa Desrosiers of Manchester, N.H. He is survived by his mother-in-law, Helena Cyr of Hermon, Me., and he was the son-in-law of the late George E. Cyr. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Kelly McDonald and her husband, Matt of Mashpee, Mass.; Shannon Heald and her husband, Jimmy of Chicago, Ill.; Jarrett Bowdren and his wife, Brooke of McHenry, Ill.; Chantelle Cyr, Rebecca Cyr, and Marshall Cyr, all of Plymouth, Mass.; Rachelle Cobb of Bangor, Me.; Ty Cobb and his wife, Stephanie of Brewer, Me.; Shawn Desrosiers and his wife, Keyra of Penbrook, N.H.; and Monique Miller of Nashua, N.H. In addition, he is survived by numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, and by his stepmother, Jean Bowdren of Pompano Beach, Fla.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 at the Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough, MA 01752. There will be a Funeral Mass on Friday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 768 Ohio St., Bangor ME 04401. Memorial donations in Bill's honor may be sent to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, ? Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.