David Everett BowdenJune 13, 1938 ~ March 4, 2018 (age 79)
David E. Bowden, Retired Seekonk Fire Chief, 79, of Seekonk, died Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Mass General Hospital with family at his side. He was the loving husband of Janet W. (Spencer) Bowden, having celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in February. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Everett N. Bowden & Laura E. (Lundgren) Bowden.
Mr Bowden grew up in East Providence and graduated from EP High in the class of 1956. He was variously the Seekonk Health Agent, Town Planner, and had been a member of the Seekonk Planning Board.
As a member of the Seekonk Call Fire Department for 20 years, Mr Bowden rose to the rank of Captain before being appointed as Chief of the department in 1983, a rank which he proudly held until his retirement in 1990. Following his retirement as Chief, he worked as a fire alarm consultant for Home & Commercial Security of Rehoboth for 17 years. He was a member of the Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters' Association.
As a lifelong member of Newman Congregational Church, Mr Bowden served as a Trustee, Deacon, and sang in the choir for many years. He was a member of Central Volunteer Fire Association of Seekonk, FACORI, Bristol County Fire Chiefs Association, serving as President in 1989. He belonged to the MA Fire Chiefs Association and Concerned Citizens of Seekonk. He served on the Town Hall Building Committee and was a member of the Animal Shelter Building Committee from 1980 until the shelter’s completion in 1982. He was Chairman of the Seekonk Senior Center Building Committee, seeing the Senior Center open in 2016. He participated in local weekly cable programming featuring the history of Seekonk.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his loving children: Scott Bowden (USAF) & his wife Raeline of West Warwick, Kristen Apuzzo & her husband David of North Scituate, Bruce Bowden & his wife Shirley of Minnesota, Doug Bowden (Ft Bragg FD) & his wife Tracy of North Carolina, and his step-son, R. Michael Bingham (Warwick FD) of Rehoboth and daughter-in-law Helen Bingham of Seekonk. David was the cherished grandfather of James Bowden, Megan Dunn & husband Vince, Kyle Apuzzo, Jay and Casey Bingham. He was brother of the late Donald A. Bowden, and uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was great-grandfather to Aiden James Dunn. He also leaves several cousins to whom he was close.
Relatives & friends are invited and may call on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3:00 -7:00pm at J.H. WILLIAMS & CO. FUNERAL HOME, 210 Taunton Avenue, Route 44, East Providence. Burial will be private. A service to celebrate David’s life will be held at Newman Congregational Church on Saturday, May 5th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory to the Seekonk Save A Pet Society, P.O. Box 474, Seekonk, MA 02771 or to the “Seekonk Friends of Friends” affiliated with the Seekonk Senior Center, 540 Arcade Avenue., Seekonk, MA 02771 will be appreciated.