Charles J. Bowden Sr.

November 14, 2008

Charles J.  Bowden Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

CHARLES J. BOWDEN, SR.- in Woburn, Friday, November 14th, beloved husband of the late Ann M. (Cole) Bowden. Devoted father of Richard C. Bowden and his wife Linda of Bradford, Sharon Ann Bowden of Bradford, Maureen Bowden and her partner Martha Perillo of Methuen, Thomas C. Bowden and his wife Rena of Bradford, Kevin J. Bowden and his wife Cheryl of Lexington, Dawn M. Lynch and her husband Kevin of Haverhill and the late Charles J. Bowden Jr. Dear brother of Robert E. Bowden of SC, Thomas F. Goodwin of Wakefield, Alice Palle of FL and the late Joe Develler, William Bowden, Evelyn Yearble, Mary Caban and Sarah DiCesare. Loving grandfather of ten grandchildren, Cole, Heather, Jennifer, Kellie, Brianna, Thomas J., Krista, Jason, Melissa and Marissa and great granddaughter, Sara Bella. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, November 19th, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Calling hours on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment is private. Donations may be made in Mr. Bowden’s memory to the VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210.

OBITUARY:

Charles J. Bowden, Sr., a longtime member of the Woburn community, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Friday, November 14th. The beloved husband of the late Ann M. (Cole) Bowden, he was seventy-eight years of age.

Born in Charlestown, Mr. Bowden was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Smith) Bowden. He attended high school in Boston, during which time his father passed away, which prompted he and his brothers to join the service to help support the family. Mr. Bowden proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

In 1953, he married his beloved wife Annie, whom he had met while learning to ballroom dance at a popular spot in Medford. He approached Annie asking for help with his dancing and won a beloved partner for over fifty years. They originally made their home in Malden before settling in the Keltown section of Woburn in 1959. Together, Mr. Bowden and his wife raised seven children to whom he was entirely devoted. As a family they enjoyed traveling and camping throughout New England and Canada in their motor home. He also loved to fish with his children and in later years his grandchildren. In his leisure, he loved to relax around his home and could often found watching a good old fashioned war movie on television, preferably in black and white, or in his garden, of which he was quite proud.

Throughout his sixty year career, Mr. Bowden worked at a number of different locations as a baker and chef. His first position was at the First National Supermarket. He later worked for the Donut Kitchen, Marion’s Corner Restaurant and was the head chef at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford for over twenty years. He continued to work part time in a delicatessen after his retirement.

The proud grandfather of ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter, Mr. Bowden shared closely their growing years with them and attended all of their school and athletics events.

In addition to his wife, Ann M. (Cole) Bowden, who passed away in 2004, Mr. Bowden was predeceased by his son, Charles J. Bowden Jr., and his siblings, Joe Devaller, William Bowden, Evelyn Yearble, Mary Caban and Sarah DiCesare.

He is lovingly survived by his children, of Richard C. Bowden and his wife Linda of Bradford, Sharon Ann Bowden of Bradford, Maureen Bowden and her partner Martha Perillo of Methuen, Thomas C. Bowden and his wife Rena of Bradford, Kevin J. Bowden and his wife Cheryl of Lexington and Dawn M. Lynch and her husband Kevin of Haverhill, his brothers, Robert E. Bowden of SC and Thomas F. Goodwin of Wakefield, his sister, Alice Palle of FL and ten grandchildren, Cole, Heather, Jennifer, Kellie, Brianna, Thomas J., Krista, Jason, Melissa and Marissa and his great granddaughter, Sara Bella. Also surviving are many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held rom the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, November 19th, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Calling hours are on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment is private.

Donations may be made in Mr. Bowden’s memory to the VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210.

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  1. Let me tell you about my Grandfather.
    He never ceased to amaze me. How he put a store bought watermelon in his garden to impress everyone. How he always let me hold the fish he caught. How he always brought a smile to everyones face. How no matter what he ate it was always succulent. How he always needed someone to get the phisterous. How everyone would respond if we were called meatball or boopie. And how everything would be okay after he would say “Thats the way the bally bounces” He never stopped showing his love, and never stopped amazing me. GoodNight and God Bless you Grandpa, GoodNight and God Bless you. Love, Cole

  2. Maureen-Martha and Family,
    I really enjoyed talking to your Dad. He always had a great story to tell.Coming to the hair salon with mom. I thought he enjoyed my company, but I really think it was the donuts he was after. My thoughts are will you all at this difficult time. May happy memories be with you of him.Sincerely, Cindy Field

  3. well dad we’ve been roomies for four years since marty & I moved in to care for you. I promised mom I would take the best care of you that I possibly could nobodys perfect maybe I made a couple mistakes but I always had your best interest at heart. We would do it all over again if we could, although being the stubborn old man that you were(not using your walker was the biggest issue with all of us)won’t be busting you for that amymore today is friday the 21st we carried out your last wish we placed your ashes to the right of moms shoulder so now you are close to her.
    well I tried my very best for you I only wonder was it enough, something else I could have done differently. Well I need to release those feelings of guilt because I do believe I did my best I always loved when bed time came,I Loved tucking you in like you did to us kids many a time I rubbed those eyebrows and right before you were asleep you always hugged me and whispered “jeannie what would i do without you ” “am I a pain in your ass” And I told you it was my pleasure to care for you,and right before you would fall asleep you’de whisper in my ear “I Love You Jeannie” and that my friend made everyday a pleasure good days or bad days marty and I put a smile on your face or even a little chuckle out of you.
    Mom has called for you and I know she was there from your last 2 breaths you clearly said momma momma so I know as you rose towards the light and seeing mom I bet she was absolutly beautiful and this is what makes me go on to know that you two are back together where you belong. MUCH LOVE TO YOU BOTH and may you both rest in peace.Love you both forever and ever Jeannie

  4. To The Bowden Family
    Our deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of your father. I know he is at peace now and he won’t be suffering anymore. He will always be watching over his children and especially his grandchildren, whom he loved very much. God Bless You All.

    Harvey & Nancy

  5. Boopie,

    I miss you so much. I’m glad you’re not suffering anymore and you’re up in heaven with Mom. I love you and will hold close every moment I spent with you and will remember everything that you taught me. I remember how you would get so mad at me when I said “Rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub,” at dinner. Thank you for everything that you have done for me, the love that you have shown me, and for being a wonderful father, man and role model. I hope that one day my son will look up to me the way that I look up to you. Thank you, Dad, for all the great memories. I wish that you could still be here with us, but like you say “That’s the way the bally bounces.”

    Good night and God bless you,
    Love you forever,
    Kevin

  6. Grampa,

    Why did you have you leave us so soon? As long as you are not suffering anymore i am happy. I am great full for the wonderful 13 years i shared with you, and now i will cherish them.I miss you so much grampa, you will always be with me in everything i do. No more Lahey Clinic, or pesky doctors or nurses hanging over you Grampa So go rest now.I love you so much grampa. I will always be your Kellie Bellie.

    Love you always and forever.
    Kellie Bellie
    xoxox
    R.I.P Grampa ♥

  7. Grampa,
    Why did you have to leave me? I know that you are where you want to be; with Grammie up in heaven.
    I just can’t believe that you are really gone.I loved spending time with you. Now, i will cherish all of the worderful memories of those times.
    I miss watching ” Who wants to be a Millionare” with you while you would always do that really bad imitation of the title, going to 4:00 mass with you every Saturday, sleeping over your house, going camping, and so many more.
    I will always be your little bug. I couldn’t have asked for a better grandfather. You will always be apart of me.
    I love you and i miss you so much.
    Love always,¢¾JennyBug¢¾
    R.I.P Grampa

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