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1947 Jackie 2020

Jackie Bowen

February 24, 1947 — June 6, 2020

Mr. John A. “Jackie” Bowen passed away at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital on June 6, 2020. He was 73. He was born in Somers Point, New Jersey and spent his younger years in Cape May, New Jersey. His family relocated to the Eastern Shore when his father retired in 1954. He called the Eastern Shore home.

His parents were Norman Calvin Bowen, Sr. and Mary Catherine O’Hara Bowen. He enlisted in the USCG upon graduation from high school following in his father’s and brother’s footsteps. During his high school years he was an avid athlete and a Boy Scout. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout an accomplishment he was very proud of.

During his career he wore many hats. One being “a jack of all trades” by many. He was an accomplished welder, electrician, clam boat captain and mate, certified scuba diver and pilot among others. He could fix anything.

Jackie is survived by his children. Sheila Bowen Wolfram (Bill) of Melfa, Jason Bowen (Sheila) of Norfolk, Jessica Castiglia (Sam) of Melfa, Joshua Bowen (Vanessa) of Exmore and Jeneen Housdan (Kassie) of Sherwood Arkansas. He has 6 grandchildren Cory Bowen, Jacob Greene, Wade and Isabella Castiglia and Tristan and Charlotte Bowen. He had a special companion, Cathy Tolbert, who cared for him and was by his side for the last several years. And his four-legged friend who he adored, Dutchess. He also had 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers Norman and Harry Lee and a nephew, Rocky Bowen.

At his request, no service will be held. His ashes will be scattered at sea, his favorite place to be. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Jackie’s memory to the SPCA Onley, Va. or the Virginia Waterman’s Memorial in Cape Charles, Va.

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Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore, Virginia.

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