Wallingford- Robert F. Bowen, 81, husband of 38 years to Lynne (Belden) Bowen died peacefully on Monday, December 27, 2010 at MidState Medical Center. He was born in Meriden on May 16, 1929 a son of the late Joseph and Annette (Hamelin) Bowen. Bob was an electrician, having worked for Insilico, Burr Electric, Valley Oil, Cuno and Masonic Healthcare Center, he owned his own oil service company, B&L Oil and was even a greeter at WalMart. He was a veteran having proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S.Army. Bob was active with the community, he was a member of the Antique Veterans, the South Meriden Volunteer Fire Dept., and past president of Washington Park Drum Corp. He loved playing the trumpet, from his days in the drum corp, to his own band; the Bob Bowen Dance Band, to playing at veteran's funerals. He also was an avid train buff, a private pilot and golfer. In addition to his wife Lynne, he is survived by four children, David Bowen of Wallingford, Sally Clark and her husband Alan of Durham, Gregory Bowen and his wife Sarah of Wallingford and Stacy Bowen also of Wallingford. He also leaves two cherished grandchildren; Julia Bowen and Christopher Clark, a brother Wilfred Bowen and his wife Grace of Canada, a sister, Janet Sprude of Meriden as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife, Virginia Sparks. Bob's family would like to thank doctors Richard Bugliari, William Farrell, Jamani Nadkarni, Irfan Chughtai and Nirmala Ramadhar-Persaud and nurses, Kathy, Ann and Sophie for the wonderful care and comfort given to Bob and the family. A Celebration of Bob's life will be held on Friday December 31, 2010 at 1:00pm at Wellspring Church, 222 Lincoln St, Berlin, CT 06037. The Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Bldg.#3, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

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  1. Lorraine and Ed(Newt)as Bob called his long time friend, co-worker and member of The Antique Veterans extend their deepest condolences to Lynne and her family.May God’s love surround and comfort you. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Lynne and family, Gail and I would like to express our sympathy to all of you. We all know that Bob is in a much better place now without any suffering. You are all in our daily prayers. God Bless.

  3. Lynne and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Bob had always shown kindness, respect, strength, and love for his family and friends. We will miss him. Our prayers are with you all. Love, Diane and Frank

  4. Lynne and famiy, We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We always enjoyed the laughter Bob brought to the small group and our lives…he was indeed a joy to know. The only comfort we can take is the knowledge that he is now dancing with Jesus and praising our Lord. Love you Lynn.

  5. Praise God for another servant who fell asleep on Earth and awoke in the presence of Jesus. Bob is completely whole, healed and rejoicing. I bet Gabriel is showing Bob a perfect trumpet that never needs tuning. Bob was an inspiration to me, always light-hearted, always smirking and very whitty, my kinda guy. Me and my family would like to express our deepest sympathies to Lynne, David, Sally, Greg, Stacy and inlaws. Rejoice!!

  6. To Bob’s family: My heartfelt condolences on your loss of Bob. I am sure John, who passed in August, met him at the Pearly Gates. I’m sure they are playing their usual jokes in heaven. We spent many times talking and joking at Wal-Mart. He will be sorely missed. Barbara Fortin

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Bob with a warm and welcoming smile and a firm handshake. He was so friendly and quite a jokester. What a wonderful family legacy Bob has left. May he continue to live through you all. I can picture Bob up in Heaven playing his trumpet and waving the American Flag. What a great man he was. Praying that you feel God wrap you in his arms with peace and comfort. Love, the Bellemare Family

  8. Bob always greeted me with a huge smile, talked to me about stuff that interested him deeply. He was truly a .Renessiance Man., unafraid to try new things. I will miss him here on earth, but he is safe with the Lord.

  9. Lynn, and family, Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Uncle Bob will always hold a special place in our hearts. He may be gone now but he will NEVER be forgotten. We love you! Love Ian, Jaclyn, Kady and Ethan

  10. To my dear friends, yesterday I lost a friend, fellow trumpter and all the fun times playing with the park, the laughter and true joy. To Mrs Bowen, David, Sally, Greg & Stacy my deepest sypmathy to you and your families. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the services for I have to work.

  11. I was sorry to hear of Mr. Bowen’s passing – I would have attended the services but had to work. I have so many memories of Mr. Bowen from South Meriden and the 1960’s as he was good friends with my parents Gerry and Bob Cotter. Also memories of the Washington Drum Corps and of Sally babysitting for my two oldest when your family lived on Liberty Street. Lynn, you and Bob had such beautiful babies; what a good parents you and Bob made! Bob Bowen was perhaps the friendliest and nicest person I ever met – he always seemed so glad to see you. Last time I saw him was at Walmart … sorry to hear he had been ill. Love, Colleen

  12. Lynne & Family, Donna and I were deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. While we have only known Bob in recent years, we have truly enjoyed his company and interesting conversations on numerous occasions. May god bless you all.

  13. Lynne and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss.We always enjoyed seeing our cousin Bobby and hearing how the family was. Our thoughts are with all of you.

  14. Greg and Family On behalf of myself and all of the Cromwell Grenadiers Fife & Drum Corps we extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your Dad.

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